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Pride Travel Fund
Support the Mountaineer Marching BandSince 2007, the Pride Travel Fund, established by the WVU Foundation, has enabled the WVU Marching Band to perform at locations across the state and country. Performances away from Milan Puskar Stadium allow the band to serve as an ambassador for WVU as it performs in front of alumni, friends and prospective students.
This year “The Pride of West Virginia” will travel to Charlotte, N.C., for the WVU vs. Tennessee football game on Saturday, Sept. 1 and to Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 15 for the WVU vs. N.C. State football game. In addition to the football games in Charlotte and Raleigh, the band will travel to Kingwood W.Va., for the 2018 Buckwheat Festival Saturday, Sept. 29.
While WVU and the Athletic Department provide financial support for the band, travel expenses can often exceed the band’s budget. Moving a band of nearly 400 students, instruments and equipment, and providing meals and lodging, is very expensive. Without the help of private gifts, the band’s appearances will be limited.
“The Pride” is seeking financial support to help offset the expenses of this year’s travel. Contributions made to the Pride Travel Fund help cover costs associated with traveling including the use of nine charter buses, lodging and meals for the band and staff.
Please consider making a gift to this year’s Pride Travel Fund so that we may continue to showcase our nationally recognized band.
“It motivates little kids to want to be a part of this one day and that’s what keeps the tradition going. By fans contributing, it helps the band keep doing what we’re doing.”
As a thank you for your generous support, you will receive a Pride of WV magnet.