A group of alumni band members playing at Homecoming.

Marching Band Alumni Association

Marching Band Alumni Association

The Georgia Tech Band Alumni Association was founded in 1979 under the leadership of Tom Billings, who served as the first president. He helped to bring alumni back for a banquet, as well as perform together as an alumni band at the Homecoming game. Since then, the Association has been most active during Homecoming. They have performed around campus before Homecoming, as well as participated in some way during the game -- in the stands and on the field.

A group of Marching Band alumni pose before a performance.

Pinch Hitters For The Band

In 1995, the alumni band performed as the pep band at the Georgia Tech-Virginia football game. Classes had not begun at Tech, so a busload of alumni went to Charlottesville, Virginia, to perform in the stands for the team.

In addition to the Association’s primary activities at Homecoming, the alumni band has also been called upon several times to fill in for the Georgia Tech Band at several athletic events when the band has other obligations. The alumni have participated in many men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball games.


The Association also presents two awards: The Outstanding Junior Award and the Tom Billings Award.

The Outstanding Junior Award is presented every year to a junior in the band who is considered to be outstanding. We seek nominations from the leadership in the band and conduct interviews to determine the band member who really dedicates himself or herself to the band, with or without credit. The Tom Billings Award is presented on occasion, when the alumni recognize somebody who has gone above and beyond service to the band -- so much so that even the alumni notice!

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