Loaded with Mountaineer information and entertainment, the West Virginia University traveling caravan known as WVU Days will make stops in three south-central counties Sept. 23-25.

Highlighting this years WVU Days in Kanawha, Putnam and Boone counties will be an exhibition by the Mountaineer Marching Band Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Kanawha County Majorette and Band Festival at Charlestons Laidley Field.

We are truly excited to be taking WVU programming and people to the Kanawha Valley,said WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr.WVU Days is an opportunity to spread the word about the importance of a higher educationwhether it be at WVU or another college.

Hardesty said an array of WVU faculty will go into the areas 16 high schools to presentmini lectureson subjects ranging from forensic entomology to King Tuts Egypt. At the same time, WVU administrators and student leaders will be visiting eighth-grade classrooms in 19 area middle schools to talk about career choices, college expenses and time management.

Kicking off the three-day trip is a performance byThe Pride of West Virginia, WVU s award-winning Mountaineer Marching Band, during the half-way point of the 57th Annual Charleston Daily Mail Kanawha County Majorette and Band Festival. The festival begins at 6:30 p.m. WVU s band is slated to perform at approximately 8 p.m., featuring 49 musicians from Kanawha, Putnam and Boone counties, including one of the bands feature twirlers Michelle Elmore from South Charleston.

The 325-member band has performed throughout the U.S.from nationally televised bowl games to presidential inaugurations. Formed in 1901 as an all male ROTC Band comprised of eight members, todays band is recognized as one of the outstanding collegiate marching bands in the nation. In 1997,The Pridereceived theSudler Trophyfrom the John Philip Sousa Foundation, a national honor voted on by college band directors across the country and presented to only one band each year.

Admission to the festival is $6 in advance; $7 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating high schools: Capital, George Washington, Herbert Hoover, Nitro, Riverside, Sissonville, South Charleston or St. Albans. They also can be bought at Kerrs Music World in Charleston or Gorbys Music in South Charleston.

WVU Days, which originated in the early90s, is an annual event designed to take the University to various communities throughout the state to promote higher education in general and programs offered by WVU and its regional campuses.