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Most LSU fans will tell you the “Golden Band from Tigerland” is one of the best marching bands in America. The John Phillip Sousa Foundation agreed and awarded the LSU Tiger Marching Band the 2002 Sudler Trophy, the highest honor a college marching band can receive.

The LSU band has a long and colorful history. In 1893, influenced by the U.S. military, LSU established its own 11-member Cadet Band. By the turn of the century the Cadet Band became a marching unit. Tours throughout the state and appearances at New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations became early traditions for the band, who made its first half-time appearance in Tiger Stadium in 1924.

By the 1930s, Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long took a personal interest in the LSU band, setting it on a unique course toward national prominence. Long even co-wrote several songs for the band, including “Touchdown for LSU,” still the predominant song featured in LSU’s pregame show. Wanting the band to be second to none, the governor planned to make it bigger and better. He imported Castro Carazo, orchestra leader at the New Orleans Roosevelt Hotel, as the new bandmaster. Long even had the band exchange its military dress for a showy stadium look.

Today, the LSU Tiger Marching Band, consisting of 325 musicians, the Golden Girls, and the Color Guard, is one of the most important symbols of LSU’s pride and tradition.

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