Why do they call it the Million Dollar Band?

“Champ” Pickens bestowed the name “Million Dollar Band” after the 1922 football game against Georgia Tech. Though accounts vary, it is reported that in order for the band to attend the game they had to solicit funds from local businesses. They were able to collect enough funds to ride in a tourist sleeper to the game.

Who has the Million Dollar Band?

Dr. Kenneth Ozzello has been in charge of the band since 2002, taking over for Kathryn B. Scott. One year after he was named director, the band won the Sudler Trophy, awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation….Directors.

Name Years
Dr. Kenneth Ozzello 2003–present

How many members does the Million Dollar Band have?

400 members
About the Band Saturdays at the Capstone would not be the same without the excitement provided by the 400 members of the Million Dollar Band, which is one of the most respected university marching bands in the country.

How do you get into the Million Dollar Band?

Q: How do I join? A: Visit the MILLION DOLLAR BAND section of the website! All positions (wind, percussion, colorguard and Crimsonette) are based on auditions, and all new members must provide a Letter of Recommendation from your current band director.

How did Alabama get an elephant as a mascot?

Ole Miss game. Strupper wrote: “At the end of the quarter, the Earth started to tremble. There was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, ‘Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,’ and out stamped this Alabama varsity.”

Why does Alabama have elephant for mascot?

For Ole Miss was truly battling the big boys for every inch of ground. “At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, ‘Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,’ and out stamped this Alabama varsity.

How large is the Million Dollar Band?

The Million Dollar Band has been a Crimson Tide tradition at sporting events and around campus for more than 100 years. Today, the band is comprised of more than 400 members, including the Crimsonettes and the Color Guard. It is the largest student organization at UA.

Why is the band Alabama called Alabama?

Alabama was formed by guitarists Randy Owen and Jeff Cook, and bassist Teddy Gentry, three cousins born and raised near Fort Payne, Alabama, an area with strong country music roots.

Why is Alabama called the Crimson Tide?

Crimson Tide Story The game was played in a sea of crimson mud and the Alabama players’ white uniforms were stained crimson. As a sports editor for the Birmingham Age-Herald, Hugh Roberts, left the field, he described Alabama as a Crimson Tide. Sports writers then popularized the name and it’s stuck ever since.

How many people are in the University of Alabama band?

Comprised of over 330 students with various majors and interests, the band is the largest single organization on campus.

Does University of Alabama have a color guard?

All RETURNING Colorguard members must be in good academic standing with The University of Alabama before you can audition as a 2020 MDB Returning Member.