Electronics coordinator Dustin Painter (pictured far right) will sing “can’t stop the rock” through the vocoder today (Thursday, Dec. 30) during the band’s field show “Rock U,” which will be performed at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest.
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“This band is different,” said music education graduate student Darryl Victorio, who has marched in the Macy’s Day Parade and with the Olympic Band at opening and closing ceremonies in Atlanta.
Andrew J. Malanowski said three things brought him to Western Carolina University – a chance to major in commercial and electronic music, a multimillion dollar recording studio and the fact that WCU’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band features guitars in its halftime show.
Cole Watkins, a senior psychology major from Charlotte who plays mellophone in the band, lost 65 pounds after he began a daily routine of running to prepare to march in the 5-and-a-half mile Rose Parade.
Sophomore Whitney Collins sings “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” in the band’s field show “Rock U,” which will be performed Dec. 30 at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest.
WCU freshman Josh Burr shares in this video what it means to get to go to Pasadena to march in the Rose Parade.
Uniform rips and tears are the common casualties of having a dynamic field show – a show where nearly 400 band members move 180 beats per minute, and student Renee K. Morgan is one of the volunteer seamstresses who comes to the rescue.
Among the unusual instruments incorporated into the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band “Rock U” field show is bagpipes, and playing the instrument is Ezra G. Byrd, a freshman tuba player majoring in secondary history education from Mebane.
Students who are going to the Rose Parade come from near and far to WCU – from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virgina as well as from Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California.
Kirby Blackwelder, a sophomore trumpet player who has mild cerebral palsy, has increased and expanded her stretching routine in preparation for the 5-and-half mile Rose Parade.