A new band uniform debuted during the 1970s — “kind of a mix between Star Trek and hotel doorman,” says Phil Nix. Inspired by the science fiction films and TV series of the era, the uniforms created “a futuristic image for a tradition-rooted band,” according to the manufacturer.
“We loved them!” says Ron Johnston. “While they may look dated now, they were a new concept in uniform construction — a one-piece coat with a built-in overlay that zipped up the front. They were light, comfortable, and easy to clean. The old uniforms were wool — hot and heavy.”
“I liked the uniform, especially the captain’s cap,” says Nix. “It was a user-friendly wardrobe: jacket, pants, and hat. The more parts to a uniform, the more likely something was going to be left at home hanging on the back of a chair. A lot of us in the band needed to keep it as simple as possible.” Image courtesy of University Libraries Division of Special Collections. […]