AU Launches New Pep Band and Drumline Program


Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University is launching a pep band and drumline set to debut in fall 2022. The band and drumline will provide another element to the game-day experience at AU sporting events.

The band and drumline will perform at home athletic events in an effort to enhance campus community and student life, while adding energy and spirit to student athletic events.

“The Pep Band and Drumline is a huge part of the athletics gameday experience for both fans and student-athletes,” said Marcie Taylor, director of athletics. “They keep the crowd engaged and create a high energy atmosphere for the student-athletes. We’re excited to have AU’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance support the addition of a Pep Band and Drumline.”

“We see this as an excellent opportunity for the music program to collaborate with another program on campus,” said Dr. Jeff Wright, dean of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. “This is one of many such collaborations between the performing arts and other units across campus.”

AU has also announced the Pep Band/Drumline Activity Award. Eligible recipients of the Pep Band/Drumline Activity Award will receive a total of $1,000 annually toward the cost of tuition at Anderson University. This award pertains only to traditional undergraduate students and transfer students who take part in the AU Pep Band or Drumline through the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD). 

The $1,000 scholarship is renewable up to four years (eight semesters) and is stackable on top of other gift aid (not to exceed full tuition).

“This will also prepare our students to lead athletic band programs after graduating from AU,” said Wright. “So it is particularly valuable for our music education majors.”

Students interested in joining the pep band and drumline should contact Dr. Adam Waller, director of bands.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.