Cody Kesling


Major: Music Business/Music Education in the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Campus Involvement:
Past president and founder of Music Entertainment Industry Student Association, past president of Radford Records (on-campus recording studio), president and founder of Radford University Percussion Group, counselor for the Governor’s School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts, and a brother in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

In high school, Cody Kesling, who played marimba, timpani, trumpet horns and the drums, had no doubt his future would include music.

“I had the opportunity to do a little teaching in high school as the drum major,” he said. “I enjoyed learning about music and helping others learn to play. By the time I left high school, I couldn’t see any other life for me.”

Kesling chose Radford University for its well-known, tight-knit music department, but the university also chose him. Kesling was awarded the Presser Foundation Scholarship, the most prestigious award in the Department of Music, and a Presidential Scholarship, which recognizes high-achieving students.

For a second consecutive year, Kesling has served as a counselor for the Governor’s School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts hosted by Radford University. The Governor’s School welcomes 400 high school student ambassadors from across Virginia for four weeks of summer study.

“As a counselor for the Governor’s School I know I’m a part of an experience the students will always remember,” Kesling said. “Radford gave me a great opportunity to be involved with this fantastic program.”

Armed with a quality education and experience working with students, Kesling sees a bright future ahead.

“In the world of music I could get a job anywhere, thanks to my education,” he said. “I would love to be out on the road playing, or I could teach if the opportunity arises. Wherever I am, doing whatever I do, I will always work to be the best I can be.”