When UT’s Pride of the Southland Band takes the field this fall, two women will be front and center. Junior Rebecca Percy of Trussville, Alabama, is the drum major—only the third woman to hold the position. Senior Laiton Pigg is starting her second year as assistant drum major.
Pride of the Southland Band News
“There aren’t many songs with a life like ‘Rocky Top.’”
If you’ve been to a basketball game at UT, you probably know Trennie Williams. He’s gained fame as a superfan and the character VOLstarterman. But underneath the mask and cape, Williams—who graduates this week—is a well-rounded Volunteer.
WBIR, People Magazine Highlight Marching Band Performance in Inaugural Parade
On Wednesday morning, the Pride of the Southland Band rolled out of Knoxville to continue an honored tradition—representing the state of Tennessee in the presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C.
Later this month, the Pride of the Southland Band will continue an honored tradition—representing the state of Tennessee in the presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. The band will march in the 58th inaugural parade on January 20, 2017. This will be the band’s 13th appearance in the parade—more than any other civilian organization. Their first parade was in 1965.
Judy Dooley is more than the administrative assistant for the Pride of the Southland Band at UT. She is considered the “band mom”—and she is now an honorary Pride of the Southland Band lifetime member.
A producer and cameraman from The Weather Channel visited campus last week to film a show about how the Pride of the Southland Marching Band copes with practicing in the heat. They interviewed Director Don Ryder and Drum Major Andrew Vogel on the field at Neyland Stadium. They watched as band members donned their all-wool uniforms that, according to The Weather Channel’s scale, weigh about seven pounds.
The Pride of the Southland Marching Band will be featured this week on The Weather Channel as part of the network’s “Heat Week” shows. As part of “Heat Week,” the network—which airs on channel 58.1 on campus—highlights jobs and activities that take place outside during the hottest part of the year.
Condolence cards or notes for WJ Julian’s family are being accepted at the band office, and donations in his memory can be made to the University of Tennessee Band Scholarship Fund.