RICHMOND, Ky. (KT) – Eastern Kentucky University School of Music announced it was eliminating its marching band program via an email to department staff and students early Tuesday morning.
Pep Band will also be turned into a student-managed club and will no longer play at football games.
This band will perform for select volleyball and basketball games. There will be no marching band. Music at football games will be handled by athletics.
“We anticipate that this change will increase our recruiting and retention, give our instrumental majors more time, and allow us to devote resources to areas that we as a faculty have agreed are important,” the email read.
The men’s and women’s tennis programs were eliminated on Friday when the regents announced other major cuts because of the need to recoup $25 million in recurring costs, a task made necessary mostly through declines in state funding and increased pension obligations.
“It truly is a perfect storm and financial reckoning the likes of which EKU has never seen in its long and storied history,” said EKU President Michael Benson. “The reality of recouping $25 million is daunting, and our scarce resources simply cannot support every program we have in the past.”
EKU is also closing its regional campus in Danville.