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.