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Mountains to Macy's

Take a look behind the scenes of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band as they prepare to take on the Big Apple for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Drummer smiles as instructor

The Final Chapter

After months of preparation and hard work, the Pride of the Mountains finally had their week in the spotlight. 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.

Student pushes another student on a swing.

We Have Arrived

The wait is finally over and the Pride of the Mountains has arrived in New York City and the students are excited about all that the city has to offer.

Band students embrace one another.

The Last Hurrah

12 days before the Pride of the Mountains performs for millions in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the band pays tribute to its graduating seniors at the last home football game.

Band director blows whistle for band.

Parade Rehearsal

With the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade getting closer with every day, the Pride of the Mountains is putting a priority on perfecting their performance that will reach millions of parade fans worldwide.

Band director talks with student staff.

The Unsung Heroes

It takes a village to produce a halftime show for the Pride of the Mountains marching band. It takes an even bigger village to move the band from Cullowhee to somewhere like New York City. In this behind the scenes look at the band you'll be introduced to a couple of the unsung heroes of Pride of the Mountains.

Band student leads warmup.

Band Camp

Rehearsal for the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band halftime show begins well before the first football game. Students give up the last week of their summer to spend 12 hours a day rehearsing the highly anticipated halftime show that will lead them straight to New York City for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Band directors discuss show design.

Show Design

When band fans enter EJ Whitmire stadium on Saturdays to experience the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, they don't often think about what goes into producing the highly entertaining halftime show. Each year, band directors work to design a show that challenges the students to perform at their highest possible level.

Drum major directs band.

Tournament of Champions

On Thanksgiving Day 2019, 500 Catamounts will make the trip to New York to lead the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We invite you to be a part of every step of the journey. And, we ask for your support along the way.

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