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Bruin Blast Pep Band

Bruin Blast Pep BandBruin Blast Pep Band, directed by Dr. Barry Kraus

Bruin Blast is Belmont University’s high-energy athletic spirit band. The group performs at all home volleyball and basketball games and selected events across campus. Membership is open to all Belmont students through auditions held during the first week of class. Rehearsals take place prior to the start of the basketball season on Wednesday evenings in September and October. The ensemble is extra-curricular, and members earn stipends for each game. The band also travels to the Ohio Valley Conference and NCAA basketball post-season tournaments. Past trips have included Tucson, AZ; Columbus, OH; Charlotte, NC; and Salt Lake City, UT.

Join the University Bands:
  1. Complete our band interest form to receive information about joining the bands. (Students from surrounding universities are also eligible to participate in the ensembles.)
  2. Participate in auditions for the fall semester (Wind Ensemble and Pep Band only) during the first week of classes. 
Graduate Assistantships

One graduate assistantship is available through the University Band Program every two years for a student to assist with administration and direction of the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and athletic bands. Those who wish to pursue advanced study with an emphasis in conducting have ample podium time with the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. Belmont provides a unique setting in which graduate students receive concentrated attention from faculty, numerous performance opportunities, and frequent access to the Nashville music culture. To inquire about studies in music education, conducting, ensemble internships, or a graduate assistantship, please contact, Director of Bands, via email. Click here to view our graduate music catalog.