The UNC Charlotte “Pride of Niner Nation” Marching Band (PNNMB) is the largest and most visible spirit organization on campus, representing a wide variety of majors from each college within the university. The band entertains thousands of fans each year at football games, community performances and regional high school marching band festivals. The band's unique style combines exciting arrangements from diverse musical genres with traditional and contemporary drill design.

Quick Facts

  • PNNMB is open to all UNC Charlotte students. Experience performing on a standard band instrument or spinning a flag is required.

  • Students must enroll in MUPF 1118 and will receive one academic credit for participation.

  • PNNMB rehearses Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:15–6:15 p.m. and performs at all Charlotte 49ers home football games.

  • Preseason Band Camp takes place two weeks before the fall academic semester begins.

  • Prospective members of the Drumline and Colorguard audition for membership. There is no audition for wind players, but a part-placement audition is required in those section that utilize divisi parts (Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone).

  • Scholarships are available. Contact Dr. Shayna Stahl directly for more information.

  • Want to know more? Please request more information

Mission Statement

The mission of the "Pride of Niner Nation" Marching Band is to serve the alma mater, encourage student involvement, foster musical achievement and promote the spirit and traditions of UNC Charlotte. PNNMB provides members positive, life-long experiences through participation and performances that build pride, leadership and confidence. 

Philosophy & Purpose 

PNNMB exists for the following purposes:

  • Educational - To provide a training environment for all students, particularly music education majors, to develop skills to be master teachers and performers.

  • Cultural - To develop an appreciation and understanding of music as an art form through listening, practicing and performing music from many different composers and styles.

  • Support - To act as music ambassadors for the Department of Music, College of Arts + Architecture, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the State of North Carolina while presenting quality entertainment for our audiences at concerts, football games, pep rallies, parades and other performances.

  • Recreational - To provide students with an activity that offers them the opportunity for recognition, satisfaction and enjoyment through a worthwhile experience.