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Famous Maroon Band
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SchoolMississippi State University
LocationStarkville, Mississippi
ConferenceSEC
Founded1902
DirectorElva Kaye Lance
Members330
Fight songHail State
UniformWhite coat with maroon sleeves and silver accents, maroon pants, black shoes, maroon and white shako, white plume

The Famous Maroon Band is the name of the marching band at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. The Maroon Band plays at all Mississippi State home football games and sends at least a pep band to a majority of the football away games. Typically, the full band also travels to bowl games, the Egg Bowl against the University of Mississippi, and at least one other away game per season.[1] The band was formally established in 1902 at what was then called Mississippi A&M College and was a military band, as was the college at the time.

"Famous" nameEdit

The name "Famous Maroon Band" was coined in the 1930s after an incident that led to the 40 members of the band being called the "Famous Forty". At the time of an A&M vs. Alabama football game, the bands participated in a band contest with the winner taking home a trophy. Unbeknownst to the Alabama band, the A&M band had brand new non-military themed uniforms and after the A&M band performed first to thunderous applause the Alabama band refused to play. The band still has the trophy on display in the band room and the forty members of the band were thenceforth nicknamed the "Famous Forty". Later on in the 1930s a sportswriter referred to the band as the "Famous Maroon Band" and the name stuck.[2]

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TraditionsEdit

The JunctionEdit

In the university's new Junction area outside Davis Wade Stadium, the Famous Maroon Band performs and cheers on the crowds and the team at Dawg Walk. The MSU Drumline also performs in exhibition in front of the Leo Seal M Club Centre two hours before kickoff. One hour before the game begins, the band parades through the Junction into Davis Wade Stadium.

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PregameEdit

Before kickoff at Davis Wade Stadium, the band performs its annual pregame show. An entrance video is shown on the video board while the percussion section takes the field. The band then runs onto the field to the pregame cadence, followed by the MSU Fanfare. The band scatters into the MSU spellout and plays the MSU 2K cheer, followed by Hail State and Madelon, the original fight song for Mississippi State. The band then plays America the Beautiful during the presentation of the colors, which is followed by the Star Spangled Banner. The band then scatters into the STATE spellout while Davis Wade Stadium erupts with ringing cowbells. The Go State cheer is played, followed by Hail State and The Hey Song, which concludes the performance. As the team enters, Hail State is played one more time before exiting the field.

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HalftimeEdit

During halftime, the band performs selected songs which all have a specific theme and style. The band also features special performances, like High School Band Day, the Alumni Band, and the annual "Salute to America" patriotic spectacular, which honors veterans and current men and women serving in the armed forces. After each performance, the band plays the Go State cheer and Hail State before exiting the field.

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