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The Golden Band from Tigerland

A History of LSU's Marching Band

foreword by Frank Wickes

The Hill Collection: Holdings of the LSU Libraries

184 pages / 11.50 x 10.00 inches / 74 color photos, 76 halftones

Music | Regional Studies

  Hardcover / 9780807163504 / September 2016

Well over a century has passed since two cadets of the Ole War Skule decided to create a brass band for their university, beginning a tradition that continues to the present day. World renowned for its commitment to excellence, LSU’s Golden Band from Tigerland celebrates the sports endeavors of the school teams, creates pride in school traditions, and entertains millions of fans every year. This beautifully illustrated history of LSU’s beloved marching band moves from its military inspiration through the directorships of Castro Carazo, William F. Swor, and Frank B. Wickes to the first female drum major, Kristie Smith, in 1999. Tom Continé and Faye Phillips highlight the band’s recent triumphs as well, including the Sudler Trophy awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation, induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and traveling abroad to march in Hong Kong’s Chinese New Year celebration and Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The excitement of the Pregame Salute, the triumphant spirit of the halftime show, and the hard work that goes into the performances are all captured here in 150 spectacular photographs. Above all, The Golden Band from Tigerland serves as an enduring tribute to the generations of LSU students whose talent and energy transformed a small brass group into an acclaimed marching band.

TOM CONTINÉ, a native of Louisiana and alumnus of the LSU Marching Band, led a distinguished career in education and professional development for three decades. In addition to publishing seven books on effective teaching, Continé contributed to Call Me Coach: A Life in College Football, by Paul F. Dietzel.

Prior to her retirement in 2012, FAYE PHILLIPS served as Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections at LSU and worked as an archivist at the United States Senate, the National Archives and Records Administration, and many other institutions. Phillips is the owner of V F Phillips Consulting, an appraisal, archival services, and local history research consulting firm.

Praise for The Golden Band from Tigerland

“Assisted by 150 photographs, the book tells the stories of generations of hard-working LSU students who dedicated themselves to lifting the spirits of LSU fans. Find a place for it on your coffee table.”—225 Magazine

“This book was beautiful (looking at you, Saturday morning pictures) and it was bizarre (looking at you, Huey Long). I recommend it regardless of your affiliation to LSU.”—Bourbon Street Shots

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