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The WCU band, The Pride of the Mountains, readies the crowd.Western Carolina University’s award winning Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been selected to perform at the Carolina Panthers’ home opener on Sunday, Sept. 18.

WCU’s marching band will provide entertainment during the half-time show of the game in which the Carolina Panthers will be competing against defending Super bowl champions, The Green Bay Packers.

“The Pride of the Mountains considers this invitation a great honor, and we are eager to prove ourselves worthy of being invited,” said WCU band director, David Starnes.

WCU band director David Starnes, energetically guides the band through the song. Photos provided by WCUThe 380-member band was selected to perform at the Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte based on its recognized showmanship and musicianship, as well as its previous experience and ability to execute a halftime performance under stringent NFL halftime guidelines, Panthers team officials said.

In 2009, The Pride of the Mountains Marching Band received the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s prestigious Sudler Trophy, which is the nation’s highest and most-coveted award for college and university marching bands. After earning “best-of-show” for their performance in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade in Los Angeles, the marching band was named “best band” in the parade in an online poll conducted by KTLA-TV of Los Angeles.


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