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Video of NCCU Marching Band in Rose Parade

Unfortunately, the NCCU Marching Band performance in Saturday's Rose Parade didn't make the network broadcast (it was shown on cable channels). Here's a clip of their appearance as broadcast on the Hallmark Channel.

What to Watch on Saturday: Rose Parade, bowl games, repeats

Tournament of Roses Parade (11am, ABC, NBC, Hallmark, HGTV) - Paula Deen is the grand marshal for the 122nd parade through Pasadena, California. Not sure if Deen will be hawking hams the whole time, but y'all know she might. Reason to watch: NCCU marching band is part of the action. And then, of course, there's a bunch of football today (and over the next few days).

V (8pm, ABC) - Tonight's three back-to-back repeats are a decent catch-up for those tuning in to next week's Season 2 premiere. At 8pm you can watch the pilot, at 9pm there's an episode about the Visitors ferreting out the Fifth Column, and then the Season 1 finale airs at 10pm. The second season debuts Tuesday, January 4 at 9pm.

Hot in Cleveland (8pm, TV Land) - There's a marathon from 8pm to midnight. The final installment is their "behind the scenes" special and a glimpse of Season 2, which debuts January 19.

Austin City Limits (Midnight, UNC-TV) - Cheap Trick performs material from their 2009 album, "The Latest," as well as some of their classics.

NCCU band needs a big fish

Jan. 1 is right around the corner, and the marching band at N.C. Central University is still a good bit short of the $500,000 needed to send its 300 members to California for the Tournament of Roses parade.

But NCCU officials say they band will go, even if the university has to find the money from other sources. But the fundraising effort is moving along, and officials are confident they'll be able to raise the needed money through corporate donations.

The parade is a very big deal for NCCU, which not long ago was a struggling enterprise with far too few members.

Here's an update.

NCCU band to march in Rose Bowl parade

The N.C. Central University Marching Sound Machine will march in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Yes, this is a very big deal. Jorim Reid, the band's director, says it's one of the top three honors a marching band can snare, along with an invitation to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the John Philip Sousa Foundation's Sudler Trophy given each year to the top college or university band in the nation.

By the way, the band from Western Carolina University won that Sousa trophy and will march in Pasadena as well.

Reid took over as the NCCU band director in 2001. Then, there were 32 members. Things have changed. Reid expects to bring 250 to Pasadena. 

Though he's had success, Reid said he wouldn't have applied yet for the Tournament of Roses had not a parade committee member suggested that he do so.

"It was in the 15-year plan," he said. "I've only been here eight years, so we're ahead of schedule."

Next up for NCCU, a frantic fundraising campaign. The total cost of trip could run NCCU $500,000, no small task with public universities currently in budget-cut mode.

"What kind of fundraising will we have to do? Massive!" said Chancellor Charlie Nelms. "It's going to be a monumental task. But it's one that will embraced. It's a real honor for the state of North Carolina."

For many band members, the rose parade invitation came as a happy surprise.

"We didn't even know he applied for it," said Shannon Todd of Burlington, a 'dance girl' in the band. "We just try to do our best and then reap the benefits later. We want to be one of the best bands in the nation."

Read more on this story in Wednesday's Durham News.





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