TTU bands honor longtime director Wayne Pegram

Posted by Lori Shull - Wednesday, November 09 2011


The bands of Tennessee Tech University will come together to honor former director of bands Wayne Pegram at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in Derryberry Auditorium.

The university’s wind ensemble, the Troubadours jazz ensemble, alumni band and marching band will play some of Pegram’s original compositions and arrangements and some of his favorite pieces.

“Wayne Pegram was a dynamic influence on instrumental music education in Tennessee and surrounding areas,” said TTU director of bands Joseph Hermann. “His advocacy and energies focused on music education his entire life. This tribute is in his memory, but he will never be forgotten.”

Pegram worked at TTU for 35 years, first as director of bands and then as coordinator of music education. He passed away Jan. 1. Since then, the university has received donations to create a $40,000 endowment in his memory to help support TTU music students.

“Wayne was a fireball; this is a man who was either going 200 miles per hour or he was asleep,” Hermann said. “People who are really passionate about what they do are convinced that it isn’t just a job. It is a life.”

While at TTU, Pegram also taught flute and saxophone lessons. More than 60 of his arrangements and compositions have been published, including the “TT Boogie,” which was considered a companion to the Tennessee Tech fight song and is still played at football games. He also founded the Cookeville Community Band and Big Band Sound.

Concert admission is $10 a ticket, or free for with children age 12 and under or students with a valid TTU ID. To buy tickets in advance, contact the alumni affairs office at 931-372-3205. Only checks will be accepted at the door.

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