The Directors

Director of Bands

Kenneth RuffKenneth Ruff is the Director of University Bands at North Carolina A&T State University.  His Band duties include directing the Marching Band,  the Symphonic bands, the Concert and Pep bands. He creates the drill designs for the marching band and is responsible for the organization and planning of the band program. 

Ruff holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from North Carolina A&T State University. He also holds a master’s degree in Music Education, a Specialist degree in Education, and a doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Prior to becoming the Director of University Bands at North Carolina A&T State University, Ruff served as an Assistant Principal at Eastern Guilford High School in the Guilford County School System. He also served as an Assistant Director of Bands for North Carolina A&T State University on a part-time basis.  Ruff served as Director of Bands at Eastern Guilford High School and McLeansville Middle School and an Associate Director of Bands at John Motley Morehead High School and Holmes Middle School in Eden, North Carolina.

Ruff is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Professional Fraternity of Music, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority.

Assistant Director of Bands


The Blue & Gold Marching Machine is excited to have two new Assistant Directors join our team for the 2014-2015 season. Stay tuned for more information on our new directors!