Cable news network HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” featured the Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band on Friday, Oct. 26, in the closing episode of a weekly segment called “Battle of the Marching Bands” that had begun Sept. 28.
The segment highlighted videos submitted by viewers of “the best college marching bands in the country,” choosing the most creative from the submissions. Each day’s segment was broadcast four times during the show.
Two videos – one displaying the entire halftime show uninterrupted, taken from a distance; the other integrating shots ranging from wide-angle to closeup – were submitted and vetted by CNN, parent company of HLN.
The videos can be viewed online at CNN’s iReport website.
Registered site users left comments, one of whom said: “Not only a great band, but they are multitalented community members, hard working leaders and delightful people, each and every one.” Many agreed that Pride of the Mountains is the “best band anywhere,” often with an additional adjective between “best” and “band.”
Though no announced winner(s) of the “battle” made the broadcast, the full-show WCU video currently has more views than any other in the series, and the second video would rank in fourth place in the number of views.
The Pride of the Mountains performs “How We Roll” this season – an eclectic medley of music by Datsik, Excision, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Billy Joel, Igor Stravinsky, V.I.C., Van Morrison, Bryan Setzer, Chonique Sneed, Minoru Miki and Adele. The show includes vocal performers, color guard (flags and rifles), stationary percussion, and drums with variable-color LED lighting. With 394 members, the band can fill a football field with near-nonstop marching formations for the length of the 12-minute routine.
By Keith Brenton