University Dedicates Johnson Band Center

dedication of Johnson Band Center

On Wednesday, October 21, the Johnson Band Center was officially dedicated in a 12:30 pm ceremony on the building’s front lawn. The new building is named for Vickie and Gene Johnson, UNC Charlotte alumni whose generous support launched the “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band.


Meet Our Drum Majors

Drum Majors Madelyn Colby and Quinten Wrenn

As the Pride of Niner Nation begins its first season, we introduce you to our drum majors, Madelyn Colby and Quinten Wrenn.

Madelyn is a sophomore from Concord, North Carolina, and is studying communications at UNC Charlotte. A seasoned band member, she was the drum major of Concord High School’s Spider Marching Band for two years and plays piccolo.


“Pride of Niner Nation” to Perform at New Student Convocation

“Pride of Niner Nation” to Perform at New Student Convocation

The “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band will make its official public debut at the inaugural New Student Convocation on August 24. Led by Director of Athletic Bands Dr. Jeffrey Miller, the band will perform the UNC Charlotte 49ers Fight Song and will also be joined by Director of Choral Studies Dr.


UNC Charlotte to Field Marching Band

UNC Charlotte to Field Marching Band

The UNC Charlotte Department of Music will field a marching band in Fall 2015. The new band will augment the drumline that has been performing at home football games since the Charlotte 49ers started playing football in August 2013.


UNC Charlotte Appoints Director of Athletics Bands

Jeff Miller

The UNC Charlotte Department of Music is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey Miller as its inaugural Associate Director of Bands / Director of Athletics Bands.  Dr.


UNC Charlotte Receives $2 Million Gift to Support New Marching Band

UNC Charlotte Receives $2 Million Gift to Support New Marching Band

CHARLOTTE – Oct. 2, 2014 - First was football, and starting in fall 2015 the UNC Charlotte Marching Band will take the field. UNC Charlotte alumni Vickie and Gene Johnson have been the driving force behind the band, and they are donating $2 million to support the endeavor.


UNC Charlotte Unveils Marching Band Uniform and Name

UNC Charlotte Unveils Marching Band Uniform and Name

The marching band won't start performing until next year, but UNC Charlotte has already selected both a uniform and a name: The UNC Charlotte “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band.


UNC Charlotte Begins Construction on Marching Band Building

UNC Charlotte Begins Construction on Marching Band Building

After a successful groundbreaking ceremony that included the announcement of a $2 million gift to the UNC Charlotte’s new marching band, the university has officially begun construction on the Vickie and Gene Johnson Mar


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