Begun in the Fall of 2003, The UNCP Spirit of the Carolinas
Marching Band is the most visible of the UNCP Bands, providing the
color and pageantry of UNCP Athletics and enrichment of university
life. The band will perform regularly at home and away football
games, parades, and festivals, accepts invitations to perform at
high school marching band exhibitions. The band schedule does not
conflict with other academic classes. In fact, members of the band
enjoy having a break from daily study and classroom work while
building leadership skills and lifelong friendships.
Spirit holds its annual preseason band camp approximately one week prior to the fall term. Band camp is required of all members and consists of placement auditions, fundamentals training, and show preparations. After the conclusion of camp, the band resumes a class-time rehearsal schedule—no extra rehearsals are scheduled outside of class. The band rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. Members enroll for university credit toward their academic degree. In addition, the university pays for most all expenses, including the preseason band camp and all of the band's travel costs. All members of the band are eligible for stipend money. Non-UNCP students may now participate and must register for a continuing education credit option, and pay a fee of $20.00.
For more information on the Spirit of the Carolinas Marching Band, visit the official website.