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.
Pride of the Southland Band News
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.
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.
WJ Julian, one of the most innovative leaders of the UT Pride of the Southland Band, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon surrounded by his family. He was ninety-two. Julian led the band for more than thirty years. He was dedicated to a standard of excellence that became a trademark of the band during numerous presidential inaugurations and bowl game appearances. The band’s performance has become legendary in Knoxville and throughout the world of college football.
UT this week announced permanent leadership for the Pride of the Southland Band. Effective February 1, Don Ryder will begin serving as the director of bands. Mike Stewart has been named associate director of bands. The News Sentinel highlighted this news in a recent story (login required). The Low Country Current also featured this news in this
WBIR-TV Channel 10 recently featured the Pride of the Southland Band as members practiced this week to get ready for another season. They’re kicking off the season with new songs and beloved traditions. See the full story here.
Fans of the Pride of the Southland Band are in for new music and surprises this season when UT’s beloved marching band takes the field. The band will debut new music it will play in the stands for cheers and chants during UT’s August 31 season opener against Utah State.