Crown members earn college credit for corps participation

Carolina Crown (Ft. Mill, SC)
Photo by Richard Wersinger

Members of 2003 Carolina Crown may earn summer academic credit for corps participation through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Music for the first time this year.

In a special partnership arrangement between UNCC and Carolina Crown, corps participants desiring academic credit may register beginning April 7 for “Summer Marching Ensemble,” a course that will include the performance season from June through August. Registration is available until May 29.

UNCC and Carolina Crown will recognize the accomplishment of corps members who complete a full season of participation in Carolina Crown. One unit credit is awarded for continuous activity through DCI finals.

Individual members may earn general education credit. This credit can be applied towards an eventual college degree, either from UNC-Charlotte, or by transferring earned credit to any other collegiate institution as
general education credit. The minimum age of registration is 17.

For those corps members who may be interested in teaching instrumental music in schools, evidence of academic credit for participation in Carolina Crown will be useful to prospective employers, particularly those seeking marching band instructors.

Individuals who participated in last year’s Carolina Crown full season may also receive retroactive credit, even if not participating this coming summer.

Kevin Smith, corps director, and Dr. Larry Marks, UNCC director of bands, will serve as program administrators. For further information, contact Marks at 7(04) 687-4470.