Get to know Rory Sullivan, a junior Music Education major, and drum major with the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band.

Where are you from?

My hometown is South Bend, Indiana.

What made you choose Ball State?

I chose Ball State because I was very attracted to the music education program. I knew how renowned and inclusive it was, so knew I had to be here. I absolutely love my professors, friends, classes, and all the experiences I’ve had here; I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.

Rory Sullivan Band

What has been your favorite part of your experience at Ball State so far?

Although there are many, one of my favorite experiences at Ball State has been my time with the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band. I have met some of my best friends through this organization, as well as had some of the most rewarding educational experiences through it. I really look forward to rehearsals, “Red Days,” and game days in Schumann Stadium. This program has really blossomed my love for the marching arts, and it is a great experience that I’d recommend to anyone.

How long have you been interested in music? What instrument do you play?

I’ve studied the piano for 12 years, and the flute and piccolo for 10 years. However, I’ve been interested in music for as long as I can remember. When I was young, I’d perform piano recitals for my family with a printed program, performer’s notes, dedications, and backgrounds of each piece. I was also very involved in the choir and bell choir in elementary school.

Rory Sullivan Piano

Are you involved with any campus groups besides the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band?

In my time at Ball State, I’ve been involved in United Sound and PRISM Project, both programs designed to help those with special needs have more access to the fine arts. I have also been involved in the basketball bands, symphony and wind symphony bands, university choral union, piano studio, flute studio, the Honors College, and REVO community and church.

What made you choose music education?

Music has always spoken to me in unexplainable ways. It brings out the best in me, and has made me a better person. I want to open the doors to this unique experience for my students so they have a chance to feel the absolute joy, love, and respect for music as well.

When will you graduate?

Spring of 2023.

What are your plans for after graduation?

I am hoping to teach band at the middle or high school level.

Rory Sullivan Conducting

Do you have any hobbies outside of music that you’d like to share?

I enjoy going to the rec center to work out!

Are there any fun facts about yourself that you would like to share?

One fun fact about me is that I have a three-legged dog named Daisy! She is my absolute best friend, along with my mom.