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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.

Botanical Gardens to Offer 'Healthy Houseplants'

Learn more about how to cultivate life indoors at "Healthy Houseplants," scheduled for 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Wednesday, June 1, at McMillan Greenhouse.

Paula Gross and Meredith Hebden from the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens will lead this class, which will offer tips on the best houseplants for low, medium and high light. Soil mixes for plants, watering and fertilizing will be discussion topics, too.

The cost is $15 for members of the Stewards of the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens; $25 for nonmembers. Email Esther Carrasco to register.