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WCU Band Selected to Lead Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – When the 505 members of the Western Carolina University Pride of the Mountains Marching Band pound the pavement of New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, they won’t be just taking part in the beloved holiday tradition. They will be the very first parade participants to hit the streets that morning.

That’s because the WCU unit has been selected as the lead band for the parade by organizers of the event, to be held Thursday, Nov. 27.

Wesley Whatley, creative director of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, broke the news to members of the Pride of the Mountains during a recent band tournament held on campus.

“We are so excited that the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band has been chosen to lead the parade through the streets of New York City,” said David Starnes, WCU director of athletic bands. “What this means is that we will be leading the parade from Central Park West along the parade route.”

The parade will be broadcast live by NBC beginning at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. The television broadcast includes other acts that perform for the cameras as the parade moves through the city to the stage area at 34th Street, Starnes said. “We will be the first parade participant to be seen on TV,” he said.

During its time in front of the cameras – and an international TV audience – the band will perform “I’ve Seen the Lights Go out on Broadway” by Billy Joel. During the parade, the band will perform other selections from its 2014 halftime production, “Street Beatz,” a musical travelogue of “The Big Apple.”

The Pride of the Mountains is one of only 10 marching bands selected from across the nation to perform in the 2014 Macy’s parade. The invitation to perform at the event, which came in a surprise on-campus announcement by parade officials in April 2013, is the latest in a long line of accolades bestowed upon the WCU marching band.

The Pride of the Mountains was recipient of the 2009 Sudler Trophy, awarded by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation and considered the nation’s highest and most-coveted award for college and university marching bands.

The band followed that up with an invitation to march in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, where it won “favorite band” in a poll conducted by KTLA-TV, earning 40 percent of all votes cast in the poll and more than any of the parade’s other musical groups.

Next stop, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Founded in 1924, the world-famous Macy’s parade attracts more than 3.5 million spectators lining the streets of New York, and 50 million at-home viewers.

City of Asheville Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville city government offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 and Friday, Nov. 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Garbage and recycling collection will be suspended Thursday, Nov. 22.  Customers with Thursday garbage collection will have trash collected Friday, Nov. 23.  Garbage should be placed by the curb by 7 a.m.  Questions about garbage collection can be directed to the City of Asheville at 828-251-1122.  Questions about recycling collection can be answered by Curbside Management at 828-252-2532.

City bus service will be suspended Thursday, Nov. 22 in observance of the holiday.  Asheville Transit will resume normal operations Friday, Nov. 23.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts facilities will function on the following schedules over the holiday:

·         Asheville Municipal Golf Course – open on Thursday, Nov. 22, 7:30 am – 2:30 pm; and Friday, Nov. 23, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

·         Nature Center – closed Nov. 22, open Nov. 23

·         Aston Tennis Center – closed Nov. 22, open Nov. 23

·         Food Lion Skate Park – closed Nov. 22, open Nov. 23

·         All recreation centers – closed Nov. 22, closed Nov. 23

All public safety services, including police, fire and emergency response, will operate according to normal schedule – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

County Offices to Close for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Buncombe County Government Offices will be closed November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving.

Buncombe County Public Libraries will be closed November 24 through November 26.

Household Hazard Waste and Electronics Recycling at the Landfill will be cancelled for Friday, November 25. The Landfill and Transfer Station will be open on their regular schedule.