- Posted October 13, 2012 by
Cullowhee, North Carolina
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Battle of the marching bands
WCU's Pride of the Mountains: Battle of the Bands
The 2012 show is titled "How We Roll", and will feature music from Datsik, Excision, Tchaikovsky, Katy Perry, KE$HA, Billy Joel, Stravinsky, V.I.C., Van Morrison, Bryan Setzer, Chonique Sneed, Minoru Miki, and Adele.
In 2003 and 2008, the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band was the special guest at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis. In 2009, the "Pride of the Mountains" marching band was selected as one of the five best collegiate marching bands in the nation by the College Band Directors National Association and featured in the book "Marching Bands and Drumlines: Secrets of Success from the Best of the Best” by Paul Buyer. The Pride of the Mountains won the Sudler Trophy in 2009. The award is often referred to as the "Heisman Trophy of collegiate marching bands". Western Carolina is the only institution in the state of North Carolina and the first member of the Southern Conference selected for this very prestigious award.
The band participated in the 2011 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California, performing the song "You" by Suburban Legends, in memory of that band's former trombone player, Ryan Dallas Cook