Donors moved by band’s commitment to excellence

David and Pat Kaemmerling

David and Pat Kaemmerling

The band formed the name "Kaemmerling" on the field in honor of a Georgia couple whose support made it possible for the band to make the $640,000 trip to march in the Rose Parade.

The band formed the name "Kaemmerling" on the field in honor of a Georgia couple whose support made it possible for the band to make the $640,000 trip to march in the Rose Parade.

The WCU Pride of the Mountains Marching Band’s originality combined with a field show full of energy and spirit often keeps Western Carolina almuna Pat Kaemmerling and her husband, David, in the stands after home football games to see the group’s encore performance.

“You cannot sit still,” said Kaemmerling. “Their energy is infectious.”

The couple cited multiple reasons for the gift they made to help the band afford the approximately $640,000 trip to California to participate in the internationally televised Rose Parade.

“They have worked hard, earned national recognition and deserve to go to represent WCU,” said Pat Kaemmerling. “We think this type of experience can open a student’s mind to new horizons and can be a turning point in a student’s life.”

The Kaemmerlings were so excited, in fact, that they traveled to California to cheer the band on in person.

“I hope that others who observe our band will realize that even though we are a small school in Western North Carolina, we have a great deal to offer, that our students strive for and achieve excellence, and that WCU might be a wonderful opportunity and experience for students who want to be the best,”  said Pat Kaemmerling.

In honor of the Kaemmerling’s support, the band took a photo of members spelling “Kaemmerling” on the field on Dec. 17. (Watch the less than 3 minute video of the band spelling 24 names on the field in honor of major supporters.)

“We will proudly display our framed photo at our home, which will hopefully generate future conservations about WCU,” said Pat Kaemmerling.

Gifts to help support the band can be made online at WCU’s giving website. To learn more about WCU’s Alumni Association, visit the website for WCU alumni.

3 Comments

  1. Bill
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    Thanks to the Kaemmerlings and other supporters for helping the Pride get to Pasadena!

  2. Tricia Reichenbach
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Just a note of thanks for all your support. This has been a trip of a life time for these kids and they could not have done it without support like yours!

  3. Kim Aiello
    Posted January 1, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for your generosity. These young men and women work so hard, and without support from people like you, many of them couldn’t make the trip. As the aunt of one of the band members, I personally want to thank you. God Bless You!