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KUG VIII - "Keep Us"

KUG VIII - "Keep Us"

Submitted on January 25, 2018

Food, Fun, Frankenstein. It’s all part of KUG VIII (aka Keep Us Grrr…ing), the eighth year in which there has been a dinner fundraiser benefiting the Tiger Bands at Georgetown College.

KUG VIII is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 2, in the Jones-Hall-Nelson Suite of Cralle Student Center on campus. Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased through any current Tiger Bands member or reserved by contacting Dr. Pete LaRue, Director of Bands.

Featured will be special music by both a student saxophone quartet and what’s been dubbed a ‘Frankenstein’ flute quintet.

Saxophone and Flute EnsemblesThe saxophone quartet members, pictured second row, L-R, include Matthew Feltner, a senior marketing major; Jacob Roberts, a freshman; and Angela Jones, a freshman. Not pictured is senior Westin Osborn, an environmental science major.

Members of the Frankenstein flute quintet, front row, L-R, are Courtney Lee, a junior elementary education major; Emily McKinley, a senior biology major; Elizabeth Martin, a junior philosophy major; Christine Philpott, a senior in elementary education; and Shannon Eckelkamp, a senior accounting major.

Asked how the flute quintet came by its name, Professor LaRue, with a chuckle, said, “the reason we are calling it ‘Frankenstein’ is that as the quintet started rehearsing last week, neither Shannon nor Elizabeth had their flutes with them and so we were gathering parts and pieces of assorted old flutes to put together for them – hence the name.” He added that both play other instruments in Symphonic Band and in the Grr…Band, the pep band which regularly performs at athletic events.

Others on the program are Provost Rosemary Allen and current band member Evan Moore, a senior philosophy major. Richard Jackson, Class of 2000, now an attorney in Tompkinsville, will represent band alumni. Professor LaRue describes Jackson as one of the “Gem Alumni” who was an integral member of Tiger Bands during his undergraduate years.

Rounding out the evening will be a special Regent’s Park-Oxford University video travelogue that has been prepared by two members of the Tiger Bands who are currently studying abroad.

“It dawned upon my slightly addled pate that as we have had a pretty much-unbroken stream of band members in the Oxford program, a short clip of places, sites, and scenes from over there would be of likely interest to some,” commented Dr. LaRue.

While some Tiger Bands members may minor in music, many, as evidenced by the variety of majors listed herein, are pursuing degrees leading to careers in other fields. They share music and band as a common interest, however, and continue to enjoy the camaraderie of being in a band.

More information on the Department of Music and opportunities in band and chorale is available online at or by contacting the Office of Admission.