The University of Mississippi’s Pride of the South Marching Band was organized in 1928. Since then, the Ole Miss Band has been giving outstanding performances at home and away football games. The Pride of the South performs in concert, as well as at other Ole Miss athletic events.
The Ole Miss Band and Color Guard are comprised of students from a variety of different majors across campus. They have been practicing social distancing as they prepare for the first home football game against the University of Florida on Saturday.
“Even though the logistics of band rehearsals have changed because of the new COVID guidelines, it’s still really rewarding to be able to safely assemble in smaller numbers to support our Rebels and to set an example for bands across the state that COVID doesn’t have to stop making music,” said Abby Pierce, a senior clarinetist.
“I’m thrilled we can continue to be proponents of game-day spirit,” said Chandler Douglas, an alto saxophonist player. “The regulations state we’ll be halved in number and kept distant. We also won’t be able to chant, but I hope our presence will still provide a sense of normalcy. I think we’re all excited to continue doing what we love, and look forward to complementing the fans’ support for our Rebs!”
While so many things are different this football season, the presence of time-old traditions such as our prep band and color guard means that much more. The coronavirus might be taking away 75% of the stadium crowd, but it will never take away Ole Miss’ enthusiasm for their team.