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Marching Band to Perform at D-Day Ceremony
The UNC Charlotte "Pride of Niner Nation" Marching Band has been selected as the official band to represent the United States in Normandy, France, in June 2018. The performance will mark the 74th anniversary of D-Day. Each year, one band is chosen to represent the United States at the D-Day commemoration. The honor was reserved historically for official military bands, but, in recent years, it has been assigned to university marching bands of distinction.
"This is a great honor," said Jay Grymes, chair of the Department of Music. "Given the newness of our marching band, this invitation confirms that we are receiving national recognition for the quality of our program."
The band has been invited to give multiple performances during its week-long stay in France in 2018, including a parade performance in the village of Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first village to be liberated by American troops in 1944. Additional performances include official public ceremonies at the St. James Cemetery and the Normandy American Cemetery.
Faculty Artwork to be Part of Spartanburg Exhibit
Five faculty members of the Department of Art and Art History will be part of the group exhibition "Pacts and Invocations: Magic and Ritual in Contemporary Art," which opens Thursday, June 23, at the Spartanburg Art Museum.
Curated by Assistant Professor of Print Media Erik Waterkotte, "Pacts and Invocation" will feature work by 10 artists, including UNC Charlotte faculty members Malena Bergmann, Aspen Hochhalter, Anna Kenar, Janet Williams and Waterkotte.
An opening reception will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 PM Friday, June 24; the exhibition will be displayed through Sunday, Aug. 28. The museum is located at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 E. St. John St., Spartanburg, S.C.