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. 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 fall 2017 it will celebrate 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.