Starting in the Fall of 2003 and taking the field in 2007 with the resurgence of UNCP football after a 50-year absence, the UNCP "Spirit of the Carolinas" Marching Band is the most visible of the UNCP bands, providing color and pageantry to athletic events and enrichment to university life. The band performs regularly at all UNCP home football games, away games when possible, parades, and in exhibition at high school marching band competitions. The rehearsal schedule has few conflicts with other academic classes. In fact, members of the band enjoy having a break from daily study and classroom work while building leadership skills and lifelong friendships.
The SOTC holds its annual preseason band camp approximately one week prior to the fall term. Band camp is required of all members and consists of fundamentals training and show preparation. After the conclusion of camp, the band begins its regular rehearsal schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:35-6:00 p.m. SOTC members are encouraged to enroll in MUS 1181 (University Marching Band) for university credit. In addition, the university pays for most expenses, including housing and meals during band camp and travel costs.