The Pride of the Orange Marches On
By Tammy DiDomenico
Photography by Al Miles

From the male-dominated ranks performing in Archbold Stadium to the mix of men and women who now take the field in the Carrier Dome, the Syracuse University Marching Band (SUMB) has always thrilled crowds with its energizing half-time shows. The "Pride of the Orange" has evolved over the course of a century, but still marches onto the field during every SU home football game, members proudly wearing form-fitting, epauletted white jackets and blue pants with an orange stripe down each side. With more than 200 members, the band perpetuates the best elements of its long history. The SUMB's role in University history is not lost on College of Visual and Performing Arts professor Bradley Ethington, who serves as assistant director of bands and director of the Pride of the Orange. He is committed to maintaining those qualities that made the band one of the most respected in the country. "To many people, especially alumni, the SUMB carries great tradition," he says. "The marching band is a constant source of pride for the University."

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