History of the Marching Band
It was 1973 when Catawba College last had a Marching Band that performed on the field during halftime of football games, but that will all change this year. On September 17, fans attending Catawba's first home football game of the season will be entertained and energized by the Catawba PRIDE Marching Band.
The 55-member strong Catawba PRIDE Marching Band has evolved from the Catawba Pride Drumline that was formed during the 2007-2008 academic year. In 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, the Drumline had evolved into a Pep Band, on its way to becoming a Marching Band.
In the fall of 2011, the Catawba PRIDE Marching Band had a brass section, a drumline, a color guard, a front rhythm section, and even a mascot. Stylistically, the Pride plays a variety of music styles from Cee Lo Green, Earth Wind and Fire to Kanye West.
In the fall of 2014, the marching band's halftime routine features Cirque du Soleil music and visual elements, incorporating dancers from our campus, a juggler and even a contortionist. It marks the fourth year since Catawba resurrected the band, which is thriving and helping to recruit prospective students and roust football fans at home games.