In the early 1990’s, you could look to the old North endzone corner and find the Ole Miss Band, who are affectionaly known as the “Pride of the South.” Fast forward to 2016 and the inhabitants of the middle of the South endzone the past few years have grown beyond measure. The restructuring of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium will have the band moving to the North endzone, although it will not mirror that of the early 1990’s version, as it will be a much larger.
The band, led by David Willson, the Associate Director of Bands Dr. Bill DeJournett and the Assistant Director of Bands Randy Dale, the Pride of the South has seen its own success grow over the years. Now at over 300-members strong, the band hosted the College Band Directors National Association Southern Regional Conference not long ago, with the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Bands performing.
One of its most recent on-field performances occurred prior to the 2016 Sugar Bowl when the Rebels played Oklahoma State. The Ole Miss Band performed its iconic pregame show in what many have called its best performance in history, embedded below.
Whether it is bowl games, homecoming or a Southeastern Conference game, the Ole Miss Band is up to the task. Frankly, if you have never enjoyed the pregame show in The Grove on the campus of the University of Mississippi, you are simply missing out.
Ole Miss and its football is fun but not lost is the importance of the game day pageantry of the sights and sounds Rebel fans call the Pride of the South. For more information how you can be a part of the Ole Miss Band or further support its success, Click Here.