MILLION DOLLAR BAND HOSTS OPENING OF NEW FACILITY

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By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Elizabeth Elkin

The Million Dollar Band hosted an open house of its new facility Friday, inviting alumni and friends to tour the building.

Located in the Frank Moody Music Building on the University of Alabama campus, the building expansion features locker rooms, rehearsal rooms and lockers to store instruments, as well as areas for band members to socialize.

Annie Roberson, a trumpet player for the Million Dollar Band, said the state-of-the-art facility has already changed the way the band functions.

“If we want to have specific music rehearsals, we now have those indoors in our new facility,” Roberson said.

She said this building is important because they finally have a place to call their own. In addition, an indoor practice facility will allow them to practice rain, shine, heat or cold.

Her friend J. R. Speake said the band is a great organization to be a part of.

“It’s one of the greatest traditions in college football, it’s the Million Dollar Band,” Speake said.

Myresha McGee, an alto saxophone player, said this new building is a home for the Million Dollar Band family.

“This new building means a lot just because it makes us feel like we have a place to go, instead of having to go to the Arby’s and use the bathroom all the time, or having to just find somewhere in our car to change, we have a place that we can come and hang out and socialize and just have a place that we can call ours,” she said.

Sherry Coats, a Crimsonette in 1971 and 1872, is thrilled with the facility.

“It’s wonderful to see the support for the band program, and the facility that they have is absolutely fantastic,” she said.

John Wible, a member of the Friends of the Million Dollar Band, is excited to see the new building.

“It thrills me to see how much hard work has gone into it, and how much detail,” he said. “I was noticing the architecture of the building. It’s a beautiful building.”

For more information on the Million Dollar Band, visit bands.ua.edu.

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