WATCH: The Pride of the Southland Marching Band’s 2021 Debut

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    The Pride of the Southland Marching Band Forming the T for Tennessee. Photo by Rocky Top Insider.

    The Tennessee football team wasn’t the only hometown group on Shields-Watkins field Thursday. The University of Tennessee’s Pride of the Southland Marching Band also had their season debut on game day.

    And as expected, they didn’t miss a beat.

    The Pride of the Southland went through their typical pregame routine on Thursday night. But with the return of fans, the sunset over Neyland Stadium, and the refreshed feel in the air, the band seemed to have a little extra pep in their step.

    The band brought the football team onto the field as they went through their various formations on the field. They started by spelling “V-O-L-S” before transitioning into the classic UT logo. Then, they switched into the Power T, before moving into “U-S-A” for the National Anthem.

    Tennessee took down Bowling Green by a score of 38-6 on Thursday night. The game, which officially kicked off the Josh Heupel era, also began the 100th season in Neyland Stadium.

    Below are some video highlights of the Pride of the Southland band and their routine before the Tennessee opener.

    Running Through The T


    Classic UT Logo

    “Power T”


    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.