The pep band has been around at IUP for a while now. But for the past three years, the pep band has adopted a new meaning to its classic concept.
Dr. Timothy Paul, the director of bands in the music education department, and Dr. Rhonda Luckey, vice president of student affairs, have been working hard to rejuvenate the band.
What started off at around 14-20 members more than doubled since Paul became the pep band’s faculty adviser. Students of all majors and disciplines come together in the pep band over one simple thing: their love for music and school spirit.
The pep band provides upbeat music at IUP men’s and women’s basketball home games, during timeouts and halftime. But Paul has a larger mission at hand: to bring students together and increase school spirit.
“We got people with a common interest to get together to support school spirit,” Paul said. “It’s student bond and celebrating the excellence of athletics.”
The band reaches outside themselves, coordinating songs and routines with IUP’s cheerleading team. The band will often look toward Billboard’s top 100 so that everyone in attendance can participate.
And at the core of the pep band’s togetherness and self expression is one thing: the music.
Paul said the main goal of the pep band is “enriching the human experience through music, and through that music we bring everyone together.”