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Bob Buckner to receive the WCU Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Award to be presented on Saturday as part of the WCU Homecoming Activities

The Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Awards, honoring the WCU Alumni Association award recipients and the university’s Distinguished Service Award recipient, will be held from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, in the Grand room of the A.K. Hinds University Center. This year’s Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Bob Buckner (class of 1967). Buckner is considered the father of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band which has been the recipient of numerous national awards including the Sudler trophy in 2009.  The band performs pre-game, half-time, and post-game shows at all Catamount Football home games and provides exhibition performances throughout the Carolinas. The Pride of the Mountains has been featured several times as an exhibition band at the BOA Grand National Championships (a showcase for the nation’s top high school marching bands) and at four BOA regional competitions in Atlanta, Georgia. The band participated in the 2011 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, performing the song “You” by Suburban Legends, in memory of that band’s former trombone player, Ryan Dallas Cook