The “Golden Era”

Colonel Butler in foreground, band members behind him.

Colonel Butler, the Bear Bryant of band directors, inspired 33 years of Million Dollar Band members. In this 1960s photo, Butler poses with a few of them.

Amelia Heath, who played flute in the band from 1960 to 1962, calls those years the band’s “golden era.” She says that Butler’s strict nature is what endeared him to her as one of her favorite instructors. “He had very high standards,” she said. “[But] if they care a lot about the end product, that helps you do your best.” Image courtesy of University Libraries Division of Special Collections. […]

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