In 2019, Pride of the Mountains was one of the only bands in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day
Parade history to perform twice in 5 years. Their journey to this incredible day started
a year previously, as students started preparing for the Parade.
As a senior at Forest View High School in Gastonia, Marcy Sammons had her eye on Western Carolina University. She'd heard good things about WCU's College of Business, but perhaps even more importantly, WCU had the best Marching Band in the state and one of the best in the nation.