They marched 8 to 5. They played “Rocky Top” and “Star Spangled Banner.” And they sparkled — even in the 90-degree heat.Even if they weren’t perfect yet, they were getting there, thanks to the leadership of Band Director, Dr. Donald Ryder and an emphasis on perfection — from drums and horns to flags and majorettes. If you’re anywhere near Knoxville for the home opener against Indiana State on September 9th, get into Neyland Stadium any way you can. The Pride of the Southland Band will shine on . . . as always.
— Rusha Sams, a proud Golden Grad of the University of Tennessee
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