The University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Alumni Marching
Band, with more than 4000 members, is one of the largest and most
active alumni associations on campus. The Alumni Band Council meets
monthly to plan activities for the membership and to work with the UT
Development Office in fundraising efforts for band scholarships.
Upwards of 400 Band alumni come back every fall to march with the
Pride of the Southland Band in the Homecoming half-time show and participate in home basketball games during the winter break. The
Alumni Band has sponsored fundraising galas for the “Pride,” including
a special celebration in 2009 commemorating the 140th year of the
Pride of the Southland Band, in 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of
the Band Color Guard, and in the fall 2017 they celebrated the 50th
anniversary of the legendary song, “Rocky Top.” Band alumni and other
dedicated donors generously give to the Band, making it one of the
most successful fundraising groups on campus. Monies raised from
these various avenues enable the Band to offer a scholarship to every
Band student and to purchase new uniforms and instruments.
The University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Marching Band Alumni Council serves in an advisory and support capacity to the director of Bands and the Band program generally, for the purpose of:
- Supporting The Pride of the Southland Marching Band and representing its alumni members.
- Providing leadership and influence as an advocate for The Pride of the Southland Marching Band with alumni, UT, and the public.
- Developing scholarships for current members of The Pride of the Southland Marching Band.
- Developing programs of special interest to alumni, faculty, staff, and current members of The Pride of the Southland Marching Band.
- Encouraging greater financial participation by the alumni of The Pride of the Southland Marching Band in The Pride of the Southland Alumni Marching Band, as well as the UT Knoxville Office of Alumni Affairs.
- Participating in the UT Knoxville Office of Alumni Affairs programs and activities.
Current Alumni Band Council Members:
If you are interested in serving on the Alumni Band Council, click on the following link:
The list of Alumni Band Council responsibilities and expectations can be found below: