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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.

Engineering Holds Senior Design Expo

The William States Lee College of Engineering held its spring semester Senior Design Expo on May 5. Fifty-one teams presented their completed two-semester projects, 28 teams presented their first-semester design-concept posters, and 12 teams presented their Civil and Environmental Engineering projects.

Providing students with an innovative, hands-on learning experience, the Senior Design Program at UNC Charlotte educates engineering students, supports industry partners and benefits the State of North Carolina. The program teaches students how to apply their years of math, science, and engineering knowledge to solve the unique problems presented by many progressive North Carolina companies. The College of Engineering encourages multi-disciplinary projects that involve engineering and technology solutions in the disciplines of mechanical, electrical, computer, systems, environmental and civil engineering.

Visit the College of Engineering's website to view a list of winning projects.