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Inside UNC Charlotte – November 5, 2018

Veterans Day musical tribute to revisit University’s 2018 Normandy experience.

UNC Charlotte Band Represents US at 74th Anniversary of D-Day in France

Halftime magazine – Jun 16, 2018

The UNC Charlotte “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band was selected as the official band to represent the United States in Normandy, France for the 74th anniversary of D-Day.

Winston-Salem native to speak at D-Day commemoration today in Normandy

Winston-Salem Journal – Jun 5, 2018

Winston-Salem native Tyriq Evans was shocked when his band director asked him to speak at today’s D-Day commemoration ceremony in Normandy, France.

UNC Charlotte marching band in Normandy for D-Day commemoration

WCNC – Jun 5, 2018

The group of nearly 140 members is the first university band from North Carolina to be invited to participate.

UNC Charlotte 49ers marching band represents the U.S. on D-Day in Normandy

Communities Digital News – Jun 5, 2018

The world has suddenly become a different place for the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte).

Rockingham native part of D-Day commemoration

Richmond County Daily Journal – Jun 4, 2018

A Rockingham native will be among those representing the U.S. in commemorating the 74th anniversary of D-Day.

UNCC Marching Band Heads To Normandy To Represent The U.S. In D-Day Ceremony

WCCB – May 31, 2018

After three years of practice and fundraising, the UNC Charlotte ‘Pride of the Niner Nation’ marching band is heading to France for the D-Day commemorative ceremonies.

UNCC Marching Band Makes History in Normandy

Spectrum News – May 31, 2018

Bringing the history of UNC Charlotte and World War II full circle, 137 members of The Pride of the Niner Nation Marching Band flew to France Thursday. They’ll perform in several parades and concerts through the anniversary of D-Day next week.


WBTV – May 31, 2018

On Your Side Tonight interview with two PNNMB students, Curtis Chancy and Victoria Bracken, to discuss the band’s upcoming trip to Normandy.

UNCC band travels to France for D-Day remembrance

WSOC and WWAY– May 30, 2018

Members of the UNC Charlotte Marching Band are getting ready for a trip to France — the only North Carolina university ever invited to represent the United States — to help mark the 74th anniversary of D-Day, the day the Allied forces invaded France to push back the Nazis in World War II.


Inside UNC Charlotte – May 28, 2018

On Thursday, May 31, the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band embarks upon a trip that bridges the present with the past. They will travel to Normandy, France, to perform at the 74th annual commemoration of the D-Day invasion that liberated Europe. In doing so, the band pays homage to their ancestors, members of “The Greatest Generation.”

His great-uncle died at D-Day in Normandy. Now this veteran, and his bandmates, will march there

Charlotte Observer – May 23, 2018

The grinning ghost of Horrible Horvath will hover over his great-granddaughter in a French cemetery June 3. Isaiah Chancy and Zacheus Overstreet, separated in life by bigotry and Army policy, will smile down on their descendant – Curtis Chancy, a veteran himself – as he raises a sousaphone to his lips.

UNC Charlotte Marching Band to perform at Normandy for D-Day

Charlotte Observer – May 23, 2018

UNC Charlotte’s band has been selected as the official band representing the United States in Normandy, France, in June 2018, marking the 74th anniversary of D-Day.


Inside UNC Charlotte – September 18, 2017

UNC Charlotte’s “Pride of Niner Nation” marching band performed during halftime of Sunday’s Carolina Panthers game in Bank of America Stadium. The contest was the Panthers’ home-opener against the Buffalo Bills. “Pride of Niner Nation” has been selected as the official band to represent the United States in Normandy, France, in June 2018 to mark the 74th anniversary of D-Day. Learn more about how to assist in funding this once-in-a-lifetime student experience.

UNCC’s is only U.S. band chosen to play at 2018 D-Day ceremony in Normandy

Charlotte Observer – May 18, 2016

On June 6, 2018, the town square of Sainte-Mère-Église will echo with the sounds of wind and brass musicians celebrating a victory that happened decades before any of them drew breath. The UNC Charlotte students who make up the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band will be the lone U.S. band to play in the annual D-Day salute in France.


Inside UNC Charlotte – May 17, 2016

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.