Musical entertainment expected to invade Cullowhee this weekend

The sounds of drums, timpani and other percussion instruments could be heard all over WCU during the week as a preparation for this weekend. The Color Guard Championships and Percussion Championships will be held in Ramsey Center on April 6 and 7.

“For those of you who have never seen a been to a CIPA competition you are in for a real treat! This regional event caters to indoor percussion and winter guard groups from all over, and they all give their best to attempt to win the regional championship title. The band serves as a great recruitment tool for those who are interested in joining the Pride of the Mountains family. If you will be in Cullowhee this weekend, this is definitely a great way to sit back and watch talented performers,” said staff coordinator Daniel Scott.

As defined by the Carolina Indoor Percussion Association (CIPA), this organization’s purpose is to provide North and South Carolina, East Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia the opportunity to compete at a professional level. This organization allows qualifying high schools to compete for the championship title.

The Color Guard competition will start at 9 a.m. and end at 11 p.m. while the Percussion competition will be on Sunday afternoon starting at 1. The cost of an all-day admission wristband is $10; wristbands can be purchased at the Southwest Entrance ticket booth or the Northeast Entrance on the days of competition.

Top ranking schools such as Dorman High School from Roebuck, South Carolina are expected to make this competition one of the most challenging and entertaining performances. Pride of the Mountains Marching Band will be hosting the event, and band/staff members will cater to the incoming band students and parents.