About the Band
Performing in front of millions of fans each year, the Million Dollar Band has been a Crimson Tide tradition for 106 years. Saturdays at the Capstone would not be the same without the excitement provided by the 400 members of the Million Dollar Band, which is one of the most respected university marching bands in the country. Members of the Million Dollar Band are majors in almost every school and department within the University and the Million Dollar Band is easily the largest student organization on campus. In addition to winning the Sudler Award in 2003, which designates the “National Champion” of collegiate marching bands, the Million Dollar Band has been invited to perform exhibitions all over the country. The band traveled to Atlanta in October of 2007 to perform exhibition at the Bands of America Regional Championships and to Indianapolis in November 2017 to perform exhibition at the Bands of America Grand Nationals. Visit our auditions page for information about auditions.
University Band Scholarships
As an incoming (new) student, Million Dollar Band and Large Concert Performance Ensemble Scholarships are offered to deserving students based upon musical ability and the needs of the band program. University Band scholarships are available to all incoming students, regardless of major, and amounts range from $500.00 to $1000.00 per year. These scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as the student completes an audition, is selected, and participates in the ensemble. Students who perform in both the marching band and a concert ensemble are eligible for additional scholarship awards, based on the results of the concert ensemble auditions. All University Band scholarships are stackable on any other academic scholarship. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to continue receiving a University Band scholarship.
Opportunities for High School Students
High school students (grades 9-12) are also invited to play with the Million Dollar Band each spring at the annual “A” Day presented by the Alabama Football Team. Students perform cheers and music with the MDB members at the “Walk of Champions” ceremony as well as in the stands during the game. This a great way to get an inside look at the MDB and perform at one of the most exciting events at the University. More information can be found in the spring on the MDB “A” Day webpage.
News: Iconic Crimsonettes Leader Announces Retirement
After 41 years choreographing and directing the Crimsonettes, the UA Million Dollar Band’s majorettes who dance and twirl to the “Yea, Alabama!” beat while wearing the iconic crimson uniforms, Marion Powell is retiring from UA.
“We honor and value Marion Powell’s contributions to the Crimsonettes, and we are grateful for her longstanding dedication to the program and her love for the University,” said Dr. Ken Ozzello, Director of the Million Dollar Band. “Her artistic impact on the program has been influential, and her talents in choreography and dance are recognized nationally.”
Although the style has changed a bit since Powell first donned the uniform as a member of the squad, her infusion of talent and creativity into the dance routines has allowed Crimsonette performances to remain at a consistently high level.
Her long-time UA career also included a 14-year stint as coordinator of the Crimson Cabaret, the UA dance team that performs at Crimson Tide basketball games.
The 24-member Crimsonette squad accentuates one of the most respected marching bands in the country. The Million Dollar band performs in front of millions of fans every year, winning the Sudler Award in 2003, as the “national champion” of bands.
The band is frequently invited to perform all over the country, including Indianapolis in 2017 to perform at the Bands of America Grand Nationals. The band will be featured in the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
“The Crimsonettes are a valuable part of the Million Dollar Band,” Ozzello said, “and they will continue to receive excellent instruction and leadership as we build on the legacy Marion has established.”