Top 3 Bands in College Football
Each week on his radio show, Greg Burton of Richmond’s ESPN Radio 950 asks me to name “Bill’s Top 3.” This week’s challenge: The Top 3 Bands in College Football.
For the record, there was “serious thought” put into this project. We spent AT LEAST 45-seconds coming up with the following band selection criteria:
1-The band must be an integral part of its team’s game day stadium atmosphere.
2-The band must play a variety of original music that is distinctive to its team.
3-They have to be loud, and they have to be good.
Now, rule No. 3 immediately eliminated Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. Those schools have great songs, in fact AWESOME SONGS. But there are other bands that are louder, sound better, and really add to the atmosphere of a game.
(What I'm saying is this: There are only so many times you should play Rocky Top during the course of 4 hours. How about Tennessee Waltz? Or Tennessee River. Heck, play the theme from Tennessee Tuxedo. I'll pay for the sheet music, but for the love of Bluetick Coonhounds everywhere, please Vols, occasionally play something else.)
So here are Bill’s Top 3 Bands in College Football
No. 3-A. Auburn University Marching Band.
Check out the Band entrance video. Most teams have the pump-up, hype video for their team. At Auburn, the band gets its own video and its really well-done.
Great interaction with the crowd. Lots of creative yet traditional elements here.
No.3-B Million Dollar Band, University of Alabama.
This 426-member band is so popular and powerful that, like Auburn, it has its own entrance video too. And it's intimidating, just like Coach Saban's team.
The first five notes of "Yea, Alabama" send 102,000 people into a frenzy.