Million Dollar Band Crimsonettes

2020-2021 auditions for Crimsonettes will take place April 24-25, 2020

GENERAL MDB MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS
To become a member of The University of Alabama Million Dollar Band, students must have been accepted to The University of Alabama and received a CWID along with a Crimson/UA email address. Additionally, students must meet the following requirements:

  • ALL potential Million Dollar Band Crimsonette members MUST audition on Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2020.
  • Must register for MUA 153/253/353/453 after notification of membership status (after April 2020). Please be aware that these registration requirements will be verified prior to the first day of class.
  • Must be working toward a degree as demonstrated by either:
    1. registering for at least twelve hours for the Fall semester at The University of Alabama
    2. registering for at least twelve hours for the Fall semester at Shelton State University while registered for MUA 153/253/353/453 as a part-time student at The University of Alabama
  • Potential returning members must be in good financial standing with University Bands and The University of Alabama, including taking care of all uniform fees, equipment fees, class fees or other charges incurred with prior membership
  • Must be selected for membership by audition
  • Must complete and have on record with University Bands Office, the 2020 MDB Medical Form (available July 1, 2020). Please bring this completed form with you to Fall Camp Check-In. DO NOT MAIL IN YOUR MEDICAL FORMS!!!
  • All new and returning Million Dollar Band members must audition on Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2020. All RETURNING Crimsonette members must be in good academic standing with The University of Alabama before you can audition as a 2020 MDB Returning Member. It should be noted that submitting an application to audition for the 2020-2021 Million Dollar Band Crimsonette does not guarantee membership into 2020-2021 Million Dollar Band.

2020-2021 Million Dollar Band Crimsonette audition applications OPENS JANUARY 2020. Should you have any specific questions regarding auditions, please email crimsonettes@ia.ua.edu.

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.”