A Tight-Knit Group

Former piccolo player Shea Stripling says that one of her favorite memories is the January 2010 trip to Pasadena, CA, for the Rose Bowl. Stripling remembers sitting on the plane awaiting takeoff when, with a crackle over the intercom, “Yea, Alabama!” began to play.

“The flight attendants wanted us to play our instruments,” she says. Although the band’s instruments remained in their cases, “The drum major did get up and ‘direct’ and we sang the fight song as we took off.”

Shown here: Stripling (second from right) and fellow band members at the 2011 Florida game. Photo by Mary Hoffman; image courtesy of Shea Stripling.

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