"The Pride of the South"

The Ole Miss Rebel Band

The Ole Miss Band, known for years as the "Pride of the South" to football fans in Mississippi and across the nation, boasts a membership of close to 300. The band adds spirit and excitement to Ole Miss Football with its high-energy shows, precision marching and powerful sound. An important part of Ole Miss football history and the Department of Music, the Rebel Band has performed at numerous bowl games and countless parades and has represented the University at Gubernatorial and Presidential inaugurations.

Members of the "Pride of the South" are a diverse group, representing a range of academic areas within the University and from many regions of the United States as well as foreign countries. The Rebel Band is under the direction of David Willson (B.M. `73, M.M. `75), who is in his 16th year as Director of Bands. Dr. Bill DeJournett (D.A. `99) is in his fourth year as Assistant Director of Bands.

The University Bands also include the "Rebel Rebound Sound" basketball band and three concert bands- the Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band and the Concert Band. The Rebel Band is affiliated with Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, which are national service honoraries for college band students.

The band's current uniforms, which debuted during the 1995 season, were a result of a fund-raising project by alumni and friends of the band. A campaign to support the bands, the Friends of Note Endowment, was launched in 1998. Contributions to this endowment will produce lasting funds for scholarships, which will help attract the top band students to Ole Miss, and in turn keep the Rebel Band the "Pride of the South". The ultimate goal for this scholarship endowment is $2 million. Membership levels have been established for the Friends of Note Endowment so that all fans who enjoy the "Pride of the South" can be a part of this exciting campaign.

Friends of Note Endowment

Return to David Willson, Director of Bands, PO Box 249, University, MS 38677 or call (662) 915-7043.

Compact discs and cassette tapes featuring traditional spirit songs are available at various stadium exits and the Ole Miss Bookstore in the Student Union.

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