LOGAN -- An associate professor of biology at Utah State University has taken on a new role as leader of the school's fledgling bagpipe band.
The Herald Journal of Logan reports that James Pitts is the pipe major of the Scotsmen Pipe and Drum Corps.
The 12-member band, which features eight pipers and four drummers, plays at commencement exercises, community events, parades and concerts.
The band was formed a year ago when Craig Jessop, dean of USU's Caine College of the Arts, offered incoming freshman Matt Earl a scholarship to attend USU and start the band.
Earl served as the band's pipe major until he left on a Mormon mission to Norway. Now Pitts is filling in for Earl until he gets back.
Pitts also offers instruction in playing the bagpipe.