The West Virginia University Marching Band, under the direction of John Hendricks, Don Wilcox and Jay Drury, will present a free concert at the Clay Center for the Arts&Sciences in Charleston on Wednesday evening, Nov. 17.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Clay Centers Maier Foundation Performance Hall and will feature the bands full complement of brass, woodwinds, percussion, flags and feature twirlers. This concert will feature musical highlights from the 2004 football season, including favorite pre-game and halftime music.

I am so very pleased that, through the generous support of a number of donors, we are able to bring `The Prideto the people of Charleston,said Dean Bernie Schultz of the College of Creative Arts.This is yet another step in the development of the College of Creative Arts partnership with the Clay Center, which promises to bring a new level of engagement in the arts to the citizens of our state.

We are so proud to be returning to Charleston,Hendricks said. It is a great honor to bring the Universitys musical ambassadors back once again to the capital city.

According to Hendricks, the pre-game selections will feature WVU fight songs, as well asMountain Dew,Simple Gifts,andCountry Roads.

The halftime music includes:Birdland,a popular jazz selection; the theme fromBack to the Future;Malaguena,a fiery Latin tune; and the classic rock tuneLove Shack.

In addition, the audience will hearThe Magnificent Seven,reminiscent of the Old West;House of the Rising Sun,a powerful sultry number, and the classical favoriteThe 1812 Overture.

The award-winning WVU Mountaineer Marching Band, also known asThe Pride of West Virginia,enjoys the reputation as one of the outstanding groups on the WVU campus. This years band is the largest in the history of the University, with 340 members. Most of the students in the band come from various states up and down the eastern United States. These students are enrolled in the various colleges at the University, and, in fact, represent almost every major the University has to offer.

The Pridehas performed throughout the nation, from nationally televised bowl games to Presidential inaugurations. During the past 15 years, the WVU Marching Band has performed before more than one million people and has traveled to several major U.S. cities, including Tuscon, Ariz.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Jacksonville, Fla.; New York City, N.Y.; Tempe, Ariz.; New Orleans, La.; Houston, Tex.; Birmingham, Ala.; Washington, D.C.; El Paso, Tex.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Columbus, Ohio; and Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Mountaineer Marching Band is known for its high-energy performances, outstanding musical arrangements and innovative drill moves. Because of its tradition of excellence, the WVU Band was recognized in 1997 as the countrys outstanding collegiate marching band by being named the recipient of the 1997 Sudler Trophy, awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

The esprit de corps of the WVU Marching Band and the enthusiastic response of the audiences to the sights and sounds of the band have made it one of the most respected organizations on campus. All these features contribute to the success of thePride of West Virginiaand show why it is considered one of the premier collegiate marching bands in the nation.

The WVU Mountaineer Marching Band concert for Charleston is graciously funded by The McGee Foundation, The Daywood Foundation, Verizon, Bob and Nancy Douglas, the Clara and James R. Thomas II Endowed Travel Fund, the Philip J. Faini and Falbo Family Endowed Deanship, the WVU Office of the Provost and the WVU College of Creative Arts.

Although the concert is free, those attending must pick up complimentary tickets in advance. Tickets are available now at the Clay Center for the Arts&Sciences or by calling the Clay Center Box Office at (304) 561-3570.