Marching Hilltoppers

Regarding The Marching Band and Pep Band at West Liberty University.

  • This decision protects current and future music students because it allows the Music Program to continue to fulfill the established curricular requirements for its degrees.
  • This decision is the result of a deficiency of financial and human resources, nothing more.
  • The Music Education degree at West Liberty is fully approved and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and this will not change. The Music Program as a whole has been fully accredited since 1972 and we work very hard to maintain degree programs that are aligned with the national standards outlined by NASM.
  • To be clear, our degree programs are fully aligned with national standards (NASM) for collegiate music programs.
  • The notion that our Music Program cannot survive without a Marching Band should be completely dismissed.
  • In spite of these cuts, the Music Program is strong, vibrant, and an important part of academics and campus life at West Liberty University.
  • This action was taken to improve the financial state of the University.
  • Appropriations from the State have been cut drastically and will most likely continue to fall.
  • The University made this decision in consultation with myself, the Chair of the Department of Music and Theater, the Band Director, and the faculty of the Music Program.
  • The faculty and students involved with these bands have always performed with excellence and professionalism.
  • If you have¬†witnessed a performance by any WLU musical ensemble (and there are many), you know the quality.¬†If you have worked with our graduates, you know they are well-trained.

The Music Program is strong and will move forward in new and exciting directions as it always has and we appreciate your continued support.

Dr. Matthew Harder
Professor of Music
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Communication
[email protected]