More than 350 of the region’s best middle and high school musicians will gather at Western Carolina University for the Western North Carolina All-District Band Clinic on Feb. 9-10. The annual event will be hosted by the WCU music department and John T. West, director of bands.
There will be no “three-peat” this year for the Fort Mill (S.C.) High School marching band as Wando High School from Mount Pleasant, S.C., was named grand champion of Western Carolina University's Tournament of Champions, an invitational competition hosted by Western's Pride of the Mountains Marching Band on Saturday, Oct. 15.
For Bob Buckner, after this year the word “march” will no longer simply be a command that the longtime director of athletic bands at Western Carolina University issues to the 300 members of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. “March” likely also will become the name of Buckner's new favorite month.
While Bob Buckner was busy handing out awards at the recent Tournament of Champions marching band competition hosted by Western Carolina University, a national music education organization surprised Western's longtime director of athletic bands with an award of his own.
As membership tops 300 in Western Carolina University's marching band, the musical unit known as “The Pride of the Mountains” is forming a new band boosters organization called “Partners for Pride” to help raise money for scholarships for student musicians.
Speaking at Swain County High School during his recent visit to Bryson City as part of a series of Chancellor’s Regional Roundtable events across the mountains, Western Carolina’s Chancellor John Bardo said well-qualified students should not let concerns over money keep them from attending college.