The Division of Advancement helped raise $120,000 for the Marching Mocs’ New Year’s Day Parade trip, making it possible for the students—musicians, color guard, drum majors and majorettes—as well as some faculty members and administrative staff to spend a week in London.
The unofficial birth of the Marching Mocs band is thought to have begun when eight students from the University of Chattanooga got together to play music for a student body meeting. What may have cemented the band’s future happened the next day, though, when the eight played at a football game between UC and Cumberland College. The dates were Oct. 12-13, 1923, making this year the band’s 100th birthday.
The Marching Mocs were officially invited to participate in the London New Year’s Day Parade and Festival during a ceremony taking place on Wednesday, March 22, in the UTC Fine Arts Center’s Roland Hayes Concert Hall.
The UTC Wind Ensemble held a recent performance on Feb. 28.
The three-day Tri-State Honor Band Festival, attended by 125 high school students, brought prospective band members from as far away as Chester County in West Tennessee and Greeneville, South Carolina.
The number of students in the Marching Mocs has increased more than 400 percent since Randall Coleman became director.
UTC Marching Mocs and Color Guard begin practice on Aug. 9.
Randall Coleman has been announced as the new director of bands at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He previously was associate director of the Million Dollar Band at the University of Alabama and will start at UTC on July 1. “It is a tremendous honor to be named as the director of bands at…