The Pride wins ‘favorite band’ poll, returns home

The band marches in the Rose Parade.

The WCU band marches in the Rose Parade.

KTLA-TV has closed the voting on a poll to select the best band in the 2011 Rose Parade, and the Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band finished with 72,287 votes – 40 percent of all votes cast in the poll and the most of any of the parade’s musical groups. Visit the station’s web site to watch video of the WCU band or to see the results of the poll. Thanks to Western North Carolina media outlets for helping get the word out about the poll and encouraging the band’s fans to exercise the right to vote!

As for the Pride, most members flew home from California on Monday, Jan. 3. Meanwhile, the volunteers driving the trucks with the band’s equipment began the  cross-country journey back. The drivers again faced snowy weather – even in the desert – and were making their way across Texas on Tuesday, Jan. 4.  The trucks are scheduled to be unloaded on campus in a few days.

To learn more about the Pride’s experience in Pasadena, check out posts at, including a collection of comments from band members and fans about the parade, features about band members, comments from the band’s banquet, and features about band sponsors and supporters such as music arranger Bill Locklear. In addition, the site hosts videos, including video of a drummer giving his drumsticks to a parade-goer. Also, has nearly a dozen slideshows, featuring photos from the band taken from a media stand on the parade route to the warm reception the members received upon their arrival back at the hotel. There’s more, too. Check out the site’s archives.

T-shirts: About 10 gray Pride to Pasadena T-shirts (two size medium, four size large and two size 2X) were still available from Catamount Clothing & Gifts as of Tuesday, Jan. 4.  Because of low supply, the shirts are not listed on the store’s website. To inquire about purchasing a T-shirt for $15, call 828-227-2886.

Coming Soon: A feature to appear in the  next issue of The Magazine of Western Carolina University will offer even more video features and photos from the Pride to Pasadena.

Thanks for your interest in the Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.  For additional information, contact the WCU Office of Public Relations at 828-227-7327.


  1. Bill Studenc
    Posted January 5, 2011 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Thanks to all who voted and who helped spread the word to others to encourage them confirm what long-time fans of the Pride of the Mountains already knew — that the Pride is the best band in the parade, and the best dang band anywhere!

  2. Alice
    Posted January 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    I watched the Rose Parade on the Hallmark channel and was VERY upset when the commentators were calling us West Carolina. As an alum nothing frustrates me more than having the university called by a wrong name on NATIONAL television.

  3. Linda Carol
    Posted January 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Many thanks to the WCU Marching Band for an excellent performance! It was a thrill to see you in the Rose Parade on New Years Day.

  4. Posted January 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed seeing what was posted from KTLA … as far as HGTV …they either lost the script or was so busy with their own agenda…we were left out…so 11 seconds later .. we were wondering what happened!!! So nice to know that at least California appreciated our band … and as far as the vote goes… YEA … POTM was the badest band there and deserved to win….thanks to all who came out and helped us get the vote back up…. for me it was well worth staying up to 4 am to make sure!!! LOVE YOU GUYS and so proud of what you have brought to WNC…We love you for it!!! <3

  5. Michele Eid
    Posted January 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    We were watching both NBC and ABC in the Northeast and when we saw that NBC was probably going to go to commercial when they arrived, we switched to ABC and were able to watch the band perform. That affiliate also showed how far they had traveled to be there – very proud of the WCU Pride and how they represented WCU. Great job everyone you sounded awesome.

  6. Patrick
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I hope when the Spring semester starts students will go out of their way to congratulate any band member they happen to see. I’m sure it took a tremendous amount of hard work just to get invited to preform and march in the Rose Bowl Parade; and to be voted “favorite” is just so cool. Great job Catamount band members!!

    You’ve made us all very proud!