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Making History in New York City

This year, Pride of the Mountains became one of the only bands in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade history to perform twice in five years. Over 500 Catamounts made the trip from Cullowhee to New York City to march in the parade. Their incredible journey has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all the students, staff, family and alumni who were involved. Discover their journey...

The Final Chapter

From moving 535 students from Cullowhee to New York City to marching in front of millions of fans around the world, this experience will certainly be one that these students will never forget.

Behind the Scenes - Let's Have A Parade

Parade day has finally come, and the Pride of the Mountains marching band represented WCU and North Carolina in front of millions of fans in New York City and on national television.

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Marching in their Dad's Footsteps

Skyler and Mackenzie Lucas grew up dreaming of someday following in their dad's footsteps, having heard the stories about when he marched in the 1986 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year that dream became a reality.

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Skyler and Mackenzie Lucas


clock tower on Western Carolina University's campus
Ben Jones

"Pride of the Mountains has given me the chance to grow my passion for teaching music, and I couldn’t be more grateful."

Ben Jones

Class of 2020, Bachelors of Arts in Music Education

Travel with Us

Explore New York City with the members of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band and meet just a few of the Catamouns who make this band the "baddest in the land."


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