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    The NC State Marching Bands

    There have been six marching bands in the history of music at NC State:

    1. The R.O.T.C. Band                    4. The Marching Band
    2. The Drum and Bugle Corps the South   5. The Power Sound of the South
    3. The Red Coat Band Drums              6. The Pipes and Drums

    Today, the Power Sound of the South and the Pipes and Drums are the only marching bands at NCSU. The R.O.T.C. band and the Drum and Bugle Corps were discontinued in the 1960's when there was a change in the N.C.S.U, R.O.T.C. organization and military parades were discontinued. The Red Coat Band's name was changed to the NC State Marching Band in the early 1960's, and in recent years changed again to The Power Sound of the South.

    Spectators had pride and patriotism when they viewed the R.O.T.C. Band and the Drum and Bugle Corps in military parades. Today, the marching band performs exciting half-time shows at football games and continues to provide great excitement and entertainment for university supporters. All bands at NC State contributed immeasurably to the esprit-de-corps of the university and warrant a significant chapter in the history of music at NC State University.

    Dr. John Fuller was appointed the NC State Marching Band Director in the summer of 1996. Since then, the band has appeared in performances all over the Atlantic Coast Conference. The band purchased new uniforms in 1999 and produced its first Compact Disc in the spring of 2000.

    The first CD has sold out, but we would like to add that they are currently working on their second CD which will be out in Summer of 2006. More details will follow when the new CD becomes available.

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