University of Florida Archives Moving Image Collection

Production number 104

Production title:  1961 Band Day

Production date:  1961

Color / Sound

Total running time:  00:20:00

Available in VHS, DVD, and Sony DV-cam.

Derived from 16 mm film.

Part of the University of Florida Fightin' Gator Marching Band Collection

There is no production information available. 

Band Day was the reunion day for the Gator Band when band alumni were invited to participate in pre-game and half-time activities.     

The film begins with the cover of a football program with printed words stating "Clemson vs. Florida" and the date of September 23, 1961.  In the first scene, the 1961 band is lined up at the south end of Florida Field.  The band then marches onto the field. A large number of baton twirlers and majorettes, presumably from previous bands, also take the field.  The announcer says that Melvin Huey of the Band Masters Association will conduct the massed bands.  The National Anthem is played and the flag is shown being raised on the flag pole.  In the background beyond the flag pole the tennis courts and hand ball courts can be viewed.  The majorettes and then the band march off the field.  Lastly the Confederate flag is carried off the field and then the football teams enter running. 

The half time show is a large extravaganza because all of the members of all the bands, which had previously been in the north end zone stands, march onto Florida Field.  There are many and different colorful band uniforms worn by the musicians.  The bands play several numbers and then play "We Are the Boys of Old Florida".  The card section is shown with the words "Hello Y'All".  The bands play some more and the film ends with a card section display.

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