About the Organization
DUkes promotes ukulele culture at Drury University. We meet weekly for UkeJams, perform locally and internationally, and attend concerts and festivals. We perform on campus, at local churches, schools and community groups. We play the National Anthem for Springfield Cardinals games and this summer will represent Springfield Sister Cities in Isesaki, Japan. Mostly we love our weekly UkeJams where everyone is welcome regardless of skill level. Ukes are fun—that’s the point.
DUkes meets every Tuesday from 4:30-6:00 at Big Mama’s Coffee and Espresso Bar, 217 E. Commercial Street, Springfield, MO for collective UkeJam, solos, duets, planning and announcements. Everyone is welcome regardless of musical skill or level. Performances are not mandatory and require greater commitment, availability and accountability.
How to Join
Membership is open to all Drury students. To join, simply attend one of our weekly UkeJams on Tuesdays at 4:30 or contact our advisor.
Richard Maxson, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Communication
Shewmaker Communication Center, Room 139
At a Glance
- Interest organization
- Open membership
- First-year students welcome
- Weekly meetings
- No involvement fees
- To join, attend meetings
Since its beginning in 2014, Drury’s Ukulele club, DUkes, has given more than 50 performances to more than 12,000 people in museums, churches, First Friday Art Walk venues, Hammons Field and the O'Reilly Family Event Center to name a few. The DUkes have received two Drury Presidential Spotlight Awards for “Community Engagement” and were featured in the Springfield News-Leader, KOLR 10 television, 417 Magazine and the Summer 2016 edition of Ukulele Magazine. The most meaningful performance achievement for the DUkes was the August, 2015 trip to Isesaki, Japan where they represented Springfield Sister Cities at the Isesaki Art Festival.