When UT’s Pride of the Southland Band takes the field this fall, two women will be front and center. Junior Rebecca Percy of Trussville, Alabama, is the drum major—only the third woman to hold the position. Senior Laiton Pigg is starting her second year as assistant drum major.
UT this week announced permanent leadership for the Pride of the Southland Band. Effective February 1, Don Ryder will begin serving as the director of bands. Mike Stewart has been named associate director of bands. The News Sentinel highlighted this news in a recent story (login required). The Low Country Current also featured this news in this
Effective February 1, Don Ryder will begin serving as the director of bands. Mike Stewart has been named associate director of bands. Ryder and Stewart have held the interim director and associate director positions since October 2013.
Fans of the Pride of the Southland Band are in for new music and surprises this season when UT’s beloved marching band takes the field. The band will debut new music it will play in the stands for cheers and chants during UT’s August 31 season opener against Utah State.