“The World’s Most Dangerous Pep Band” brings rock, soul to DeSales


by Michelle Arnold


Posted on February 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 7:36 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --They call themselves “The World's Most Dangerous Pep Band” and they don't just bring the pep, they bring the rock and the soul.

Chemistry professor Roger Knight started the jam in the 1980s. The band was a fixture at DeSales home games until four or five years ago when Knight retired. The pep band vanished, but then two years ago former DeSales student and band member Justin Lewis was hired at the school to do alumni relations.

“The first thing that they asked me when I was leaving was ‘would you like to take over the band?’ and I said “’I won't take the job unless I can.’  So it was very important to me to get this band going,” Lewis, who is the band’s leader, said. 

The students were ready to rock again too.

“We started hearing about a “World’s Most Dangerous Pep Band” that used to play and we were like, ‘hey Mr. Lewis, would you like to get this pep band back together?’” guitarist Luke Hasler said.

“I grew up in diapers singing, my little tiny microphone stand,” lead singer Travis Higdon said.

Now these seven guys are doing what they love with the help of singer/songwriter Lewis. But now they know they do more than just hype up the DeSales Danger Zone at home games, they're introducing their peers to the classics.

“I have guys that come up to me and say ‘what was that song you played?’ then they go home and look it up on YouTube,” Higdon said.

And the tradition that Knight started nearly 25 years ago proves that music brings people together.

“We were kind of in different cliques and stuff but now we’ve come together. It's been awesome,” Higdon said.

The seniors in the band will be honored, along with the basketball team seniors, at Saturday night’s DeSales home game.