The Million Dollar Band has been a Crimson Tide tradition at sporting events and around campus for more than 100 years. Today, the band is comprised of more than 400 members, including the Crimsonettes and the Color Guard. It is the largest student organization at UA. Without this band, the fight song and Rammer Jammer cheer just would not be the same!
So why are they called the Million Dollar Band? The group earned its name during a football game in the 1920s. Alabama unfortunately lost a football game to Georgia Tech University. After the game, a Georgia sports writer asked an Alabama alumnus what exactly UA have going for them during the game and the alumnus replied, “A million dollar band.” You could say the name has stuck ever since.
The Million Dollar band is integrated into almost every aspect of cheering on the Crimson Tide during football game days. You can take in their pregame show with the UA cheerleading squad called the Elephant Stomp on Gorgas steps about an hour before kickoff and then walk towards Bryant-Denny to find your seat where the Million Dollar Band will be found cheering on the Crimson Tide. Once in the stadium, the Million Dollar Band gets fans on their feet by playing right before the Crimson Tide takes the field. A treasured tradition is for Crimson Tide fans to sing the fight song after every Alabama touchdown and it just wouldn’t be the same without the Million Dollar Band backing up the student section!