Dr. Wayne Pegram Scholarship Endowment
Dr. Wayne Pegram was a 1959 graduate of Tennessee Tech University who devoted his 45-year career to teaching music, primarily in the state of Tennessee. While earning his masters degree, he was visual designer and drill instructor for the Pride of the Southland Band at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and served as director of the UT-K varsity band. While earning his doctoral degree at Northern Colorado University, he directed jazz ensembles, coordinated the electronic music lab, and taught woodwinds.
During his 35 years at Tennessee Tech, he served as Director of Bands and Director of the Music Education program. While serving as Director of Bands at Tennessee Tech, his marching, jazz, and concert bands were invited to perform at major regional and national events. His Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble were asked to record more than 30 albums for regional, national, and international distribution.
Throughout his career at TIU, his passion for teaching and his expectation of nothing less than excellence from his students earned him induction into the Hall of Fame for both the Tennessee Music Educators Association and the Tennessee Bandmasters Association. At the TBA awards presentation, TMEA Past President Stephen Coleman attested to the major influence Pegram had on him as well as so many former students.
Although he passed away in January, 2011, he will be remembered for his contributions to the community, especially in the realm of the arts where his passion as a band director influenced and inspired many of his students over the years. Dr. Pegram's former students became some of the most respected band directors in the region and the country.
Sue Haste Malone, whose late father, Col. Maurice Haste, was also former chairman of the music program and who founded the Tennessee Tech Troubadours jazz ensemble, provided the majority of the funding necessary to establish this endowment in memory of Dr. Pegram.
Scholarships associated with Dr. Wayne Pegram Scholarship Endowment