University of Pikeville

Office of Admissions
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
(606) 218-5251


Band Hype Day

Fall 2019

Band Hype Day is an invitation from UPIKE to become a bear for the day. Hype Day is a pep band festival to entertain UPIKE Football home game crowds with music of all styles. Hype Day is a great opportunity to get to know band members from different schools and work with great band directors from across the region. With free food and UPIKE swag, Hype Day is a blast with the Bear family!

Hype Day Schedule

  • Arrive on campus
  • Introductions
  • Sectional rehearsals
  • Full band rehearsal with and without percussion
  • Full band rehearsal with percussion
  • VIP “AMP IT UP” Dinner
  • Depart/Field set-up
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Kick off!
  • Full ensemble traditions at the end of game
  • Depart


upike wind band members playing instruments


Mondays and Thursdays
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The UPIKE Wind Band is the foundation for instrumental performing ensembles and establishes the base of band performance at the university. Students of all levels and academic studies, faculty, staff and community members are welcome and encouraged to participate. Wind Band creates an environment that is not just academic but also an interactive networking opportunity for students and professionals from a variety of backgrounds and professions. This program establishes the importance of life-long music appreciation and practice regardless of career, age and experience level. Literature focuses include historic, transcriptions, modern, marches, accompaniment and much more.

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The university’s Jazz program is open to members of the community, faculty and staff. The group’s focus is on traditional big band instrumentation, including: sax, trombone, trumpet and rhythm section playing both classic and modern big band literature.


Mondays and Thursdays
7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The UPIKE Jam Band cranks up the volume and returns the sound of rock guitars to the university’s high-energy home games. Jam with guitarists, bassists and drummers. For each session attendees are encouraged to learn pieces placed on the UPIKE Band Facebook page and come ready with their instruments to learn, listen and experience!

upike band drum line


Mondays and Thursdays
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Mighty Five Drum Vibe and Drum Line is an exciting new percussion/drumline program! The drumline experience goes beyond traditional drumline and is filled with excitement, movement and entertaining sounds. Experience music and spirit to the next level with this ensemble’s vibrant spirit.

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

It’s an exciting time to be a UPIKE Bear and the band program is no exception. Marching band students are pioneers in an incredible music-focused visual ensemble. The UPIKE marching band does not charge a fee for participation or uniforms.

upike band tuba christmas, student playing the tuba

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Join us at the bottom of UPIKE’s 99 for a traditional holiday music tuba concert. This world-wide event, originated by Harvey Phillips, is a way to bring the community together during the holidays. Registration beginning at 9 a.m. and rehearsal at 10 a.m. At 11:30 a.m. prizes will be awarded to the instrument with the best decorations and the event will close with the performance at 2 p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout June and July
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join the UPIKE Band in a relaxed “rehearsal” to learn throughout the summer. No formal performances are scheduled so attend when your schedule will allow and learn as you go. The group will learn chorales, easy music, pep tunes, SSB and the UPIKE fight song. Snacks are provided.

Advancement in Music Performance (AMP) Lab is a dedicated computer lab that facilitates the SmartMusic and Finale programs. These programs are integrated into the individual performance achievement process to enhance exposure to reading and writing music. Students also have access to numerous other interactive programs to develop music literacy and understanding.

July 8-12, 2019
July 6-10, 2020

AIM summer camp is led by music educators from across eastern Kentucky schools and is focused on high school level students. AIM offers exciting learning opportunities on band instruments, piano, theory, history, jazz, small ensemble and Broadway. Each day includes a seminar educating students on a variety of subjects and features exciting guest performances.

Upcoming Events

Highlighted Events

MAWS: Master Artist Workshop Series 2019-2020

MAWS workshop series will feature performing artists, via live stream, who will lead an interactive master class on campus. Students will sign in at the event, and then at the end of the series, two tickets will be drawn to represent two districts that will be awarded a visit from the artist on a future date. During the visit, the artist will also be featured alongside the districts for a concert.

2018-2019 Artists

  • Freddie Green: Brass, Disney performing artist, trumpet professor, Jazz and classical performance artist.  UPIKE Campus October 30th
  • Anthony Vega: Butler University Concerto Champion on Euphonium, pioneer DCI brass caption, educator, low brass, former interim athletic band director at Butler University, former Syracuse drum major and director of the Sour Citrus Society pep band.

Day Won! for Band

UPIKE Day Won! for Band invites school districts to visit campus and experience their first day with instruments. Students are involved in separate brass, woodwind and percussion workshops learning the basics such as putting their instrument together and the fundamentals of reading their first music notes.

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