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History of CCU BANDS


The Coastal Carolina University Band Program officially began in the Fall of 2000 with the hiring of the first full time, tenure track, Director of Bands. Dr. James L. Tully had been teaching in the local school system and leading the CCU Pep Band as an adjunct faculty member, and was hired to bring instrumental music to Coastal full time.


The first Pep Band started in 1997 with 5 members who wanted an instrumental music presence on campus. CCU student Matt Dellinger, along with four of his fellow students, approached numerous faculty and staff members about beginning a band. After a couple of brief appearances at Coastal basketball games, it became apparent that some sort of faculty leadership was needed. In 1998, Dr. Tully was approached about becoming Pep Band Director, and held this position as an adjunct faculty member until being hired on a full time basis in the Fall of 2000.


Since that time, the Band Program has grown into a complete and comprehensive collegiate band program with two concert bands, pep band, jazz band and a marching band. There are also numerous chamber ensembles such as flute choir, percussion ensembles, brass choir and quintet, and saxophone ensembles. CCU Bands have performed for such prestigious events as the South Carolina Music Educators Conference and Bands of America.


In November 2005, the Coastal Band Hall opened with space for large ensemble rehearsal, faculty offices, practice rooms, and a percussion studio. The Spirit of the Chanticleer Marching Band practice field and storage facility is located behind the Band Hall.


The Coastal Music Department employs the following faculty members who are involved with teaching in the Wind & Percussion area:
Dr. Amy Tully - Flute
TBA - Clarinet
Jessica Miller
- Oboe
Scott Scrivner -
Dan O'Reilly
- Saxophone
Dr. Matthew White
- Trumpet
Dr. Tonya Propst
- Horn
Chris Connelly
- Low Brass
Jesse Willis
- Percussion
Josh Franz - Percussion



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