Scott-Lee Atchison

Director of Athletic Bands 

Director, Wildcat Marching Band

Scott-Lee Atchison is the newly appointed Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Kentucky. Prior to his appointment at the University of Kentucky Mr. Atchison served as the Associate Director of Bands at Texas A&M University - Commerce where he conducted the symphonic band and concert band and taught classes in music technology, music literature, marching band techniques in addition to being the director of athletic bands. During his time at Texas A&M University – Commerce, Mr. Atchison oversaw significant growth of the marching band, more than doubling it in size and earning an invitation to perform at Texas UIL State Championships. In 2012, Mr. Atchison was privileged to guest conduct the Texas A&M University - Commerce Wind Ensemble in performances at the CBDNA Regional Convention and Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Atchison received a Masters Degree from the University of Tennessee and his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas. He recently completed his doctoral residency at the University of Washington and will soon complete the requirements for a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting. At the University of Washington he studied instrumental conducting with Tim Salzman and trumpet with Allen Vizzutti and David Gordon. While at Washington, Mr. Atchison guest conducted the Wind Ensemble during their 2007 Japan Tour. At Tennessee, Mr. Atchison was a conducting student of Dr. Gary Sousa, Dr. David Stutzenberger, and James Fellenbaum, and has had additional conducting study with John Whitwell, Eugene Corporon, Jerry Junkin, Jack Stamp, H. Robert Reynolds, Allan McMurray, Craig Kirchhoff, Richard Floyd, Frank Battisti, Ray Cramer, and Robert Halseth. At North Texas he studied trumpet with Keith Johnson and Leonard Candelaria.

In 2007, Mr. Atchison joined the instructional staff for The Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps where he served as Brass Caption Head and in 2009 The Troopers were welcomed back into the DCI Finals after a 23-year absence. Mr. Atchison is currently the Brass Caption Head for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps from Rosemont, Illinois and serves as an active designer and clinician with marching bands and drum corps throughout the country. Finally, Mr. Atchison is a Yamaha Performing Artist and is a contributing author for the book series A Composer's Insight: Thoughts, Analysis and Commentary on Contemporary Masterpieces for Wind Band (Volume IV) where he collaborated with Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici on a chapter featuring his contribution to the wind band and American music.

Wildcat Marching Band Graduate Staff

New graduate staff coming soon!

Wildcat Marching Band Instructional Staff

Mark Casey

Percussion Program Coordinator

Mark Casey has received international recognition as a performer, teacher, composer, and adjudicator within the percussion activity. He has worked with the likes of the World Champion Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, the World Champion Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, the Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps, the University of Kentucky, the University of Miami (FL), the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Miami of Ohio University, the McGavock High School Marching Band, and the Lafayette High School Marching Band. Mark has judged for Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Indiana state-sanctioned shows and has also been a judge for SCGC, WGI, and PAS.

Annie Hughes

Color Guard Instructor

Annie Hughes is a graduate of The University of Kentucky, a recipient of a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, and a proud alumnus of The Wildcat Marching Band.

During her time at UK, Annie was a sister in Sigma Alpha Iota, a member of the UK College Democrats, a Chair-Member for DanceBlue, and worked in UK International Affairs, as well as Digital Coordinator for Obama for America - Kentucky. She currently works for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet - District 9 for the state of Kentucky.

Annie has spun flag and rifle for over 9 years, and is excited to be in her second year as coach for the University of Kentucky Color Guard.

Jessica Mamula

Sweetheart Majorettes and Feature Twirlers Instructor

Jessica Mamula has been involved in the baton twirling world for about 20 years now, whether it be competing, performing, or teaching. She has held many state, national, and regional titles and was given the opportunity to travel overseas to represent USA twice in World competitions. She graduated with her bachelors degree in nursing and received a full tuition scholarship to be a feature twirler at the University of Louisville. She is excited to be a part of the Wildcat Matching Band and to work with the University of Kentucky twirlers. GO CATS!

Wildcat Marching Band Support Staff

Vicki Pendleton

A bio for Vicki Pendleton will be coming soon!




Michael Friedman

Voice of the Wildcat Marching Band

The voice of the WMB since 2008, Michael Friedman is a professional actor and writer who now makes his career in television and industrial films. He’s written documentaries for A&E’s Biography and for PBS, and has appeared nationally in commercials, television, and film. With wife Margo Buchanan, he wrote the historical dramas Daniel Boone, the Man and the Legend and Freedom Trail. He was Artistic Director of Paragon Music Theatre, Kentucky’s premiere musical theatre company, and with composer Ryan Shirar created the musical version of Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsor. Before coming to Lexington, where he and Margo live with children Nathan, Noah, and Emma, he served on the faculties of Elmhurst College and the University of Wisconsin.

Alex Lovan


Alex is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky in May of 2012 with degrees in Art Studio and Marketing and has been involved with the Wildcat Marching Band since 2008. Serving as the publicist since 2010, she manages all publicity aspects of the WMB and also creates many recruitment and marketing materials for UK Bands. During her time at Kentucky, Alex was involved in not only the band, but also served as the design editor of the Kentucky Kernel, editor of the Kentuckian Yearbook, a brother of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, and also a brother of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Service Fraternity.

Originally from Jeffersonville, IN, she has returned to live and work as a designer in the Louisville area and makes frequent trips to Lexington.