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A longtime mainstay in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s School of Music will add to his legacy in music education. Michael Stewart, associate professor of music education and associate director of bands, has been named director of the Pride of the Southland Marching and Athletic Bands, associate director of wind studies, and WJ Julian Endowed Professor. He will begin in the new roles July 1.

“I look forward to working with the amazing students of UT as well as the Pride alumni, my colleagues, and fans that so passionately support this band and the Vols,” Stewart said. “I’m also humbled but excited to stand in front of this amazing group of students with 152 years of tradition behind them. I’m grateful for this opportunity and cannot wait for the fall to hear ‘Rocky Top’ ringing throughout Neyland Stadium.”

stewart-200x275-1Stewart began at the university in 2007 and has since become well known within the UT community for his work with the Pride of the Southland Marching and Athletic Bands, as conductor of the UT Symphonic Band and UT Pep Bands, and as an instructor in the music education program.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Stewart will continue in our school and take on this new responsibility,” said Jeff Pappas, director of the School of Music. “His expertise and vision for the Pride of the Southland and other aspects of the band program are exceptional, and everyone looks forward to working with him to realize these goals. The future is as bright as ever for this important area in our unit and for our campus, alumni, and friends.”

The WJ Julian Endowed Professorship honors WJ Julian, one of the most innovative leaders of the Pride of the Southland Band, who passed away in 2015.


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