University of Charleston

University of Charleston

UC Students Nominated for New Band


Charleston, WV – November 4, 2020 — “Joining in unity during a time when college marching bands have been forced to the sidelines, the CBDNA Intercollegiate Marching Band will keep the spirit alive by performing virtually together.” (

The Inaugural Intercollegiate Marching Band (IMB), sponsored by GPG Music, Our Virtual, and College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) will provide a special opportunity for college marching and pep bands.

Seven University of Charleston Bands members have been nominated to participate in the Band.  Over 130 college marching/pep bands from around the United States and from all athletic divisions will make up the IMB. The UC Bands is the only West Virginia College or University participating.

The IMB will feature musicians, color guard members, and twirlers performing virtually perform virtually to create a two-minute video. The final video will premiere on January 11, 2021, at halftime of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. The video will also be distributed online.

The following members of the Squadron of Gold Marching/Pep Band were nominated to perform:

Kaytlin Wilson – Trombone
Norman Fisher – Trombone
Richard Ojeda – Percussion
Shaylee Hal – Twirler
Jonna Myers – Twirler
Autumn Jones – Dance Team
Katlyn Stansbury – Dance Team

The University of Charleston Bands comprises three bands, color guard, twirlers, and dance team. Open to students of any major; students may perform with the Squadron of Gold Athletic Bands and Visual Ensembles for fans and athletes at games/matches. Students may also perform with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, an indoor band that produces formal concerts five times a year.

Students, on average, earn four-year performance scholarships totaling $12,000 above their academic scholarships. Students share and expand their passion while pursuing their professions through performance and community service.


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