This picture finds Phil Nix (center) smiling as his section marches onto the field in 1982. Nix counts his participation in the Sugar Bowl his freshman year as the highlight of his time in the band. The game was against Arkansas, and Bama’s victory earned Coach “Bear” Bryant his last national championship. Nix says he also feels privileged to have been able to attend Bryant’s last game before retiring, the 1982 Liberty Bowl.
In recent years, Nix has picked up the trumpet, and while “it’s not easy to just pick up a wind instrument and start playing,” he was able to recall the notes for “Yea, Alabama!” Image courtesy of Phil Nix. […]