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Spring 2024 Alumni Band Newsletter

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It is with a heavy heart that we reach out to you today to share the news of the passing of a true legend and guiding light in our organization, Mr. Don Wilcox. For many of us, Mr. Wilcox was not just a former director; he was a mentor, a friend, and an outstanding human whose impact crosses several generations of members and supporters of The Pride of West Virginia.

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Don Wilcox's legacy in the WVU Marching Band is nothing short of extraordinary. From 1971 to 1997, Don dedicated himself tirelessly to nurturing the talents of countless young musicians, transforming the band into the magnificent ensemble it is today. Under his leadership, the band flourished, growing from a modest 88 members to an impressive 325, a testament to his unwavering dedication and passion for music and education. After his tenure as the director of the Pride of West Virginia, he continued his legacy as Director of Bands until May 2005 and was  bestowed the title of Director of Bands Emeritus upon retiring.

Beyond his role as a director, Don was a visionary who paved the way for progress. In 1972, he made history by opening the doors of the WVU Marching Band to women, a decision that not only broke barriers but also enriched the band with diversity and talent. His commitment to inclusivity and equality set a powerful example for us all to follow, leaving a mark on our organization and the wider community.

But perhaps Don's greatest gift was not just his musical prowess or leadership skills, but his ability to inspire and uplift those around him. His genuine warmth, kindness, and unwavering support touched the lives of everyone fortunate enough to know him. Whether it was through his encouraging words or his infectious passion for music, Don had a unique talent for bringing out the best in others and instilling in them the confidence to reach for their dreams and beyond.

As we mourn the loss of this remarkable man, let us also celebrate the memories, lessons, and experiences that he has left behind for us. Let us honor his legacy by continuing to uphold the values of excellence, inclusivity, and camaraderie that he held dear. And let us take comfort in knowing that though he may no longer be with us in person, his spirit will live on in the music we play, the friendships we cherish, and the lives he has forever touched.

Let us remember Don Wilcox not with tears of sorrow but with smiles of gratitude for the time we were blessed to have known him. May his melodies echo in our hearts forever, serving as a reminder of the profound impact one person can have on the world. 

Every note. Every step. Every person. Every time. 

With deepest sympathies,

The WVU Alumni Band, Board of Directors

Membership Information

2024 Membership Dues

New for this year 

This year we are offering two membership levels; Pep Band Membership and Full Membership. 

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Full Membership - Dues are $40.00. However, early bird payment before April 1, 2024 will be $30.00. You are a full voting member of the organization and may participate in member events, such as pep bands and homecoming

Pep Band Only Membership - Dues are $5.00, and you may participate in any pep band events during the year. Pep Band only membership means that you will not have voting rights or be able to participate in other member-sponsored events. 

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Pride Support Fund - Donations to the Pride of WV Support Fund supports activities for the WVU Marching Band. 

Alumni Band Uniform Fund - We are seeking donations for the Alumni Band Uniform Fund to off-set the cost to our members for a new shirt and hat that will be part of the performance dress code.

How To Make A Donation - You may make a donation electronically by clicking here or by mailing a check payable to the WVU Alumni Band, Inc. Please be sure to select the Fund Designation so your donation is allocated properly.

Please mail donations to:

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PO Box 4269

Morgantown, WV 26504


  WVU Alumni Band, Inc.
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  PO Box 4269

  Morgantown, WV 26504


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