The UK Pep Band plays an integral role at all Rupp Arena and Memorial Coliseum home games where we have the best seats in the house! At home in the eRUPPtion Zone, the Basketball Pep Band performs regularly for over 24,000 Wildcat Fans as part of the most intimidating home court in college basketball. The Basketball Pep Band performs at all men’s and women’s home basketball games, and travels to every SEC & NCAA tournament as a 29-member Road Band.
Woodwind and brass students who satisfactorily complete Marching Band (MUC 190) during the fall semester are eligible to participate in the basketball pep band that year. Percussionists may audition for a spot on drum set. Men's games are held in Rupp Arena and women's games in Memorial Coliseum. Selection for Road Band is at the discretion of the director and is based upon instrumentation needs, an audition, seniority, attendance and participation during the regular season.
Rehearsals are held in Room 22 (Band Room) two (2) hours before tip-off for men's games and one (1) hour before women's games. You must be present at the rehearsal to receive attendance credit. Two (2) tardies to a rehearsal equal one (1) absence. Please arrive to rehearsals on time. There will be approximately three (3) pre-season rehearsals which are required of all pep band members.
Any schedule conflicts that arise during the season must be brought to the director's attention as soon as you know about them - no last minute surprises!
Named after the late and legendary UK basketball coach Adolph Rupp, Rupp Arena is located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, in the Lexington Center Complex, near the 31-story blue-green Lexington Financial Center. Opened in 1976, the facility seats over 24,000.