Million Dollar Band (marching band)


Million Dollar Band (marching band)
Million Dollar Band
Million Dollar Band logo.gif
School University of Alabama
Location Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Conference SEC
Founded 1913
Director Dr. Kenneth Ozzello
Assistant director Randall Coleman
Neal Flum
Steve Simpson
Members 425
Fight song "Yea Alabama"
Uniform Crimson and white jackets
Crimson pants
Crimson hats with white plume
Website Official website

The Million Dollar Band is the official name for the marching band for the University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa. The entire band performs at all home games, while varying in size for away games or games in neutral sites. In 2003, the band was awarded the Sudler Trophy, an honor which any band can only win once.

Contents

History

The band always performs prior to each home football game.

The band was formed in 1913 with just 14 members under director Dr. Gustav Wittig. Four years later, in 1917, the band became a military band and was student-led until 1927. The band earned its name during a football game between Alabama and Georgia Tech, a game which the Yellow Jackets won 33–7. The band struggled for funds, having to solicit money for local merchants, to travel to games off campus. An Alabama alumnus, W.C. Pickens, was asked "[...] what do you have at Alabama?" by an Atlanta-based sportswriter. Pickens replied only, "A million dollar band."[1][2]

In 1936, Colonel Charleton K. Butler took over the band and led it to national prominence among collegiate marching bands.[2] He remained director for the next 33 years until Mr. Earl Dunn took charge in 1969.[2] After a one-year stint at the Capstone, Dr. James Ferguson was named director, where he remained until 1983.[2] Legendary Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant often voiced his support for the band during his tenure, giving them partial credit during victories.[3] Dr. Kenneth Ozzello has been in charge of the band since 2002, taking over for Ms. Kathryn B. Scott.[2] One year after he was named director, the band won the prestigious Sudler Trophy, awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.[4]

Directors

Name Years[2]
Dr. Gustav Wittig 1913–1917
N/A (Student-led) 1917–1927
Captain H. H. Turner 1927–1934
Colonel Carleton K. Butler 1935–1968
Mr. Earl Dunn 1969–1970
Dr. James Ferguson 1971–1983
Ms. Kathryn B. Scott 1984–2002
Dr. Kenneth Ozzello 2003–present

Rehearsal

During the fall semester the Million Dollar Band rehearses Monday-Friday from 4:00PM until 5:30PM at their practice field, Butler Field. They also hold a Gameday rehearsal on Saturdays when the full band will be performing at the football game that day.

During rehearsals, the members wear nail pouches featuring the MDB logo and their drill number, which helps the directors point out certain members during practice. They also use these pouches to carry water bottles with them to stay hydrated during the hot Alabama summers.

Traditions

The band performing a "Booming Big Bama Spell Out" before a football game
Drum majors perform a traditional toss at midfield before a game
  • Basket Case - Beginning in the mid 1997 the Million Dollar Band began playing the Green Day song "Basket Case" in the break between the 3rd and 4th quarters. This continued until mid way through the 2006 season, when the Marketing Department decided to play "Sweet Home Alabama" over the PA system instead. The MDB continued to play the song, just at different points of the game.[5] "Sweet Home Alabama" was still played during 2007 up to the Houston game. Since that game the MDB has played "Basketcase" during the 4th quarter break once again.[6]
  • Alma Mater - When Dr. Ozzello became director in 2003 the MDB began to sing the Alma Mater after every Friday and game day rehearsal, as well as after every game, win or lose.
  • Crimson Tide - At the end of every single rehearsal, game, etc. someone shouts "What do we say at Alabama?". The Leadership team responds with "Go Bama!" and then all members shout "Roll Tide!" This is similar to a scene from the 1995 movie Crimson Tide.
  • Elephant Stomp - Prior to every home game the MDB performs the elephant stomp. Each section warms up then meets on the steps of the Gorgas library. The MDB and cheerleaders lead the crowd in several cheers in a short pep rally, usually lasting less than 10 minutes. The MDB then lines up on Colonial Drive and marches to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Songs

  • Yea Alabama - The University of Alabama fight song
  • Rammer Jammer - Cheer played after a team victory
  • Lowrider - Song played by the Trombone section in the fourth quarter of the football game. It is counted off with eight taps on a cow bell. It has been in existence since at least 1986, when it was recorded on an LP.
  • Defense Cheer # 1 - Since 2001, the band has used the song "Look Down" from the musical Les Misérables as the main defense cheer. This arrangement was originally written for the 1996 and 2001 Les Misérables halftime shows. The band currently has five defense cheers.

Appearances

The MDB performs side-by-side with the Clemson marching band prior to the 2008 Chick-fil-A College Kickoff.
  • 1994 SEC Championship Game - Atlanta, GA in December 1994
  • 1996 SEC Championship Game - Atlanta, GA in December 1999
  • 1999 SEC Championship Game - Atlanta, GA in December 1999
  • 1999 Orange Bowl Parade & Bowl Game - Miami, FL in December 1999, January 2000
  • Knights of Revelry (KOR) Mardi Gras Parade - Mobile, AL in February 2000
  • Knights of Revelry (KOR) Mardi Gras Parade - Mobile, AL in February 2001
  • 2000 Senior Bowl - Ladd-Peebles Stadium; Mobile, AL in January 2000 - First Senior Bowl performance by the band
  • 2000 Alabama vs. UCLA football game - Pasadena, CA - Pep Band of the "Million Dollar Band" first ever performance at the famed Rose Bowl Stadium
  • Bob Riley Inaugural Parade - Montgomery, AL in January 2003
  • ESPN "Cold Pizza" on the UA Quad - Tuscaloosa, AL in November 2005
  • 2006 Senior Bowl - Ladd-Peebles Stadium; Mobile, AL in January 2006
  • Bob Riley Inaugural Parade - Montgomery, AL in January 2007
  • ESPN "Gameday" on the UA Quad - Tuscaloosa, AL September 2007
  • BOA Super Regional - Georgia Dome; Atlanta, GA October 2007
  • 2008 Senior Bowl - Ladd-Peebles Stadium; Mobile, AL in January 2008
  • 2009 Senior Bowl - Ladd-Peebles Stadium; Mobile, AL in January 2009
  • 2008 SEC Championship Game - Atlanta, GA in December 2008
  • 2009 SEC Championship Game - Atlanta, GA in December 2009
  • 2010 BCS National Championship Game - Pasadena, CA in January 2010 - First Full Band performance at the Rose Bowl Stadium

References

External links

Preceded by
LSU
Sudler Trophy Recipient
2003
Succeeded by
Auburn

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Million Dollar Band — can refer to: Million Dollar Band (marching band), the marching band of the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band (country music group), the Hee Haw television variety show supergroup comprising Chet Atkins and other famous American country… …   Wikipedia

  • Louisiana State University Tiger Marching Band — School Louisiana State University Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana Conference Southeastern Conference …   Wikipedia

  • Cavalier Marching Band — The Cavalier Marching Band (CMB) is a marching band at the University of Virginia. The band s director, William Pease, is the first full time marching band director in the history of the University of Virginia. A newcomer among the ranks of… …   Wikipedia

  • Stanford Band — The Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB) is the student marching band of Stanford University. Billing itself as The World s Largest Rock and Roll Band, it performs at sporting events, student activities, and other functions.… …   Wikipedia

  • When the Saints Go Marching In — often referred to as The Saints , is an American gospel hymn that has taken on certain aspects of folk music. The precise origins of the song are not known. Though it originated as a spiritual, today people are more likely to hear it played by a …   Wikipedia

  • O when the saints go marching in — Heilige Gemälde von Fra Angelico (15. Jh.) When the Saints go marching in ist ein bekanntes, in unzähligen Variationen verbreitetes geistliches Lied und Gospelstück. Text und Melodie Die Melodie stammt wahrscheinlich von Edward Boatner, der den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Oh when the saints go marching in — Heilige Gemälde von Fra Angelico (15. Jh.) When the Saints go marching in ist ein bekanntes, in unzähligen Variationen verbreitetes geistliches Lied und Gospelstück. Text und Melodie Die Melodie stammt wahrscheinlich von Edward Boatner, der den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • When the Saints Go Marching in — Heilige Gemälde von Fra Angelico (15. Jh.) When the Saints go marching in ist ein bekanntes, in unzähligen Variationen verbreitetes geistliches Lied und Gospelstück. Text und Melodie Die Melodie stammt wahrscheinlich von Edward Boatner, der den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • When the saints go marching in — Heilige Gemälde von Fra Angelico (15. Jh.) When the Saints go marching in ist ein bekanntes, in unzähligen Variationen verbreitetes geistliches Lied und Gospelstück. Text und Melodie Die Melodie stammt wahrscheinlich von Edward Boatner, der den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • When the Saints Go Marching In (artists) — Since being popularized in the 1930 s When the Saints Go Marching In has become ubiquitous. It is heard in gospel, jazz, pop, and rock styles, with traditional lyrics, alternative lyrics, andno lyrics at all. Many artists have performed and… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.