Updated 08/08/2011 06:17 PM
Salisbury-based Catawba College invests in musical future
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SALISBURY -- While most North Carolina colleges are cutting back in this tough economic time, one is expanding its music program. Salisbury-based Catawba College is calling their recent expansion an investment in the future.
When the Catawba Indians hit the football field this fall, they will be joined by the Catawba Pride, a full marching band, something the college hasn't seen since the 1960s.
"I think it's a blessing because it shows the confidence that our trustees and the administration at Catawba College have in what we're doing," said Catawba College's Marching Band Director Jay Meachum.
The college invested $100,000 into the students for this marching band. The band will provide scholarship opportunities, making music a priority and helping some students afford college.
This year, the Pride will not only bring spirit to games but be ambassadors for the school. The marching band's director expects 55 to 60 students to march this fall.
Tune Magazine named Catawba College as one of the best music schools in the country for 2011.