Music events at WCU

Band invited to perform at championships

Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band will attend the Bands of America Grand National Championships as a featured-performance exhibition band Nov. 8-10 in Indianapolis.

Each year, the top 90 high school marching bands in America convene at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts, to vie for the title of the National Marching Band Champion. This year, the Pride of the Mountains was invited to perform at this prestigious event viewed by more than 25,000 participants, family members and enthusiasts. The band will perform at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 during the second round of preliminary competition and again Saturday, Nov. 10 at the conclusion of the national semifinal round.


Percussion ensemble to perform at WCU

Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on campus.

Under the direction of Mario Gaetano, WCU professor of music, the percussion ensemble consists of 15 music majors from Gaetano’s percussion studio. The group performs works specifically composed or arranged for percussion instruments, including drums, xylophones, marimba and timpani. 

The concert will include “Blue Rhythm Quintet” by Anthony Korf, “Mother Earth, Father Sky” by Ney Rosauro, “Essences of the Four Signs” by David Long, “Teamwork” by Lynn Glassock and an arrangement of Bach’s “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

The event is free and open to the public. 828.227.7242.

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