- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) - It won’t be hard to find Western Carolina University’s marching band in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The school has announced that the 505-member Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been selected to be the lead band for the parade scheduled for Nov. 27. Parade creative director Wesley Whatley broke the news to band members during a recent band tournament on campus.

The band is one of only 10 marching bands selected from across the nation to perform in the 2014 Macy’s parade. The invitation to perform came in a surprise on-campus announcement by parade officials in April 2013.

It’s the latest holiday appearance for the WCU band. The unit was invited to march in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

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