Barbara Kelly-Hursey is the Administrative Coordinator for the UCF Marching Knights. She was born in Mineola, NY, and moved to Orlando at the age of 9. Her interest in music began in elementary school when she began playing the ukulele in a small school ensemble and the flute in the school’s concert band. She continued playing flute throughout high school and college.
Barbara joined the UCF Marching Knights Color Guard in 1982. During this year, she learned of the performing opportunities with Drum Corps International. After watching DCI Finals, she was hooked and became a member of the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps in 1985. She marched with Suncoast Sound in 1985 and 1986. She also had the opportunity to instruct the color guards at Stonewall Jackson Junior HS (Orlando, FL), Colonial HS (Orlando, FL), Osceola HS (Kissimmee, FL), and Lauderdale County HS (Florence, AL).
Barbara graduated from UCF with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. After graduation she helped form the UCF Marching Knights Alumni Chapter of the UCF Alumni Association. She returned to UCF as an employee of the Music Department in Fall 1998. Her main responsibilities include, coordinating all purchasing and travel arrangements for the UCF Bands and maintaining financial reports for all band accounts.
Barbara is a member of Tau Beta Sigma and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. She currently serves as the Staff Advisor for Tau Beta Sigma.