The Pride of the South

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The Pride of the South
School The University of Mississippi
Location Oxford, Mississippi, USA
Conference Southeastern Conference
Founded 1928
Director Dr. Bill DeJournett, Director- David Willson- Director of Bands, Randy Dale
Members 300+
Fight song "Forward Rebels (The Rebel March)"

The Pride of the South is the name of the marching band at The University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. The full band plays at all Ole Miss home football games, and a smaller pep band is sent to most away games. The full band also travels to Ole Miss bowl games and Starkville, Mississippi when Mississippi State University hosts the Egg Bowl.The University of Mississippi Band has been giving outstanding performances in concert and in support of Ole Miss athletic events since it was organized in 1928. In addition to performing at all home football games and many away games, the marching band has attended numerous bowl games including the Sugar Bowl, the Gator Bowl, the Liberty Bowl, the Independence Bowl, the Peach Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, and more recently the Motor City Bowl in 1997, the Music City Bowl in 2000, the Independence Bowl in 1998, 1999 and 2002, the Cotton Bowl in 2004, 2009 and 2010, the Chick-fil-a Classic in 2014, the Peach Bowl in 2014, and the Sugar Bowl in 2016.

In addition to the Marching Band there are several "Pep bands" formed out of "The Pride of the South". These Pep bands perform for numerous functions such as pep rallies before each home game. Another extension of the Ole Miss Band is the Ole Miss Basketball band. The basketball band supports both the Rebel and Lady Rebel Basketball teams at all home games after football season, as well as traveling to the SEC and NCAA tournaments annually.


Prior to 1928, the UM Band was a small organization under the leadership of a selected student Director. In 1928, Chancellor Alfred Hume appointed Roy Coats as the first Director of Bands with faculty status at the University. Coats’ initial marching band used instruments, uniforms and equipment donated by the National Guard. Not until 1934 did the Rebel Band own full dress uniforms, purchased by funds solicited by the general student body.

The UM Rebel Band performed at the 1958 World Music Festival in Kerkrade, Holland; where they won first place with distinction in both concert and marching competition. That same year, the Rebel Band was invited by Jules Farber, U.S. Representative of the World’s Fair in Brussels, Belgium. The band traveled to Europe again in the summer of 1966 with the Concert Singers and selected theatre students. While on the Music Theatre Abroad program, they studied and performed at some of the world’s leading cultural centers.

The Rebel Band has performed numerous times on Regional and National Television and has officially represented the University of Mississippi at Gubernatorial and Presidential Inaugurations. The University’s Wind Ensemble has performed on tour throughout Mississippi and were the guest performers of the Mississippi Bandmaster Association Clinics in 1988, 2002 and 2010. The Ole Miss Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association Southern Regional Conference in 1988.

The Ole Miss Band is composed of students from diverse courses of study such as Pre-Med, Criminal Justice, Engineering, Political Science, Journalism and countless others. The Pride of the South offers competitive scholarships for students of every major in the University, contingent upon funding. In 2010 Ole Miss hosted the College Band Directors National Association Southern Regional Conference, where both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands performed.

School Songs[edit]

Grove Routine - Prior to every home game the "Pride of the South" gathers behind the grove stage and performs the grove routine. The grove routine includes warm-up/hype chorale, Rebel March (Forward Rebels), Dixie, Go Rebs Go, Go Rebels Go, Rock and Roll (The Hey Song), and Swing Low Ole Miss.

Fight Song (The Rebel March) lyrics

Forward Rebels, march to fame, Hit that line and win this game, We know that you'll fight it through, For your colors Red and Blue -- Rah, Rah, Rah.

Rebels you're the Southland's pride, Take that ball and hit your stride, Don't stop 'till the victory's won, For your Ole Miss. Fight, fight for your Ole Miss.

Dixie (Unofficial)

I wish I was in the land of cotton Old times there are not forgotten look away, look away, look away Dixie Land In Dixie Land where i was born early on one frosty morn look away, look away, look away Dixieland and I'll take my stand in Dixie away, awau, In Dixie Land I'll take my stand to live and die in dixie Away, away, away down south in Dixie Away, away, away down south in Dixie

Alma Mater

Way down south in Mississippi, There’s a spot that ever calls

Where among the hills enfolded. Stand Old Alma Mater’s Halls.

Where the trees lift high their branches, To the whisp’ring southern breeze.

There is Ole Miss calling, calling, To our hearts fond memories.

With united hearts we praise thee, All our loyalty is thine,

And we hail thee, Alma Mater, may thy light forever shine;

May it brighter grow and brighter, And with deep affection true,

Our thoughts shall ever cluster ‘round thee, Dear Old Red and Blue.

My thy fame throughout the nation, Through thy sons and daughters grow,

May thy name forever waken, In our hearts a tender glow,

May thy counsel and thy spirit, Ever keep us one in this,

That our own shall be thine honor, Now and ever dear Ole Miss.