Julianna Pedone


The Pilot Pep Band performs at a basketball game last fall in Chiles.

Funding for UP’s Pep Band is cut to zero

Watching a University of Portland basketball game offers a unique two-in-one experience. Attendees can not only witness the talents of Pilot athletes but also savor the musical artistry showcased by the UP Pep Band. Due to the university's current financial constraints however, the Pep Band was notified on Oct. 30 via an email from the program’s director, Dr. Patrick Murphy, that they would not not receive any financial backing from the UP athletic department, putting the ensemble on pause for the fall semester.