Back to Booming

The Million Dollar Band on the football field, forming the letters "U" and "A."

This photo from the 1950s finds the band back to booming, receiving recognition from Collier’s Magazine as second-best in the nation and playing original arrangements by a UA alumnus, Steve Sample.

But perhaps the greatest honor is one the band shares with the rest of the school — the rise of the football team to greatness by the reinstatement of Bear Bryant as athletic director and head football Coach. The Corolla touts Bryant’s good influence after an 18-year absence: “Coach Bryant began immediately to rehabilitate the decrepit football machine of the once-mighty Tide.” Image courtesy of University Libraries Division of Special Collections. […]

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