December 12

University of Georgia Marching Band Honors Gregg Allman


The Marching Band of the University of Georgia had a pleasant surprise for all those present during the Georgia Bulldogs football game. What seemed like a normal game day at first turned out to be a very memorable tribute to one country artist who would have turned 70 just last Friday, December 8.

During the football game’s halftime, the University of Georgia’s Marching Band performed songs by the country group, the Allman Brothers Band. The marching band’s entire 5-minute performance was dedicated to a synchronized rendition of songs like Midnight Rider, Black-Hearted Woman, Ramblin’ Man and Whipping Post. The music was accompanied by the graceful movements and sequences of the cheerleaders and flag twirlers.

Greg Allman, the co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, passed away in May due to a series of medical issues which he suffered during the previous years. He was originally from Nashville, but he became an adopted son of the marching band’s home state. He lived with his brother, Duane, in Macon, Georgia when they formed the said band. Thus, making the beautiful town of Georgia the Allman Brothers Band’s birthplace.

The final album of Greg Allman was released in September. It was recorded at the renowned Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The title of his final album is Southern Blood, and it seems like the country icon poured the remaining of his blood, sweat, and tears into his last work before she succumbed to his death. Aside from his notable songs, the album also features some of country’s most amazing session musicians such as trumpeter Marc Franklin and saxophonists Art Edmaiston and Jay Collins. A cameo performance by Jackson Browne is featured in Southern Blood as well.

Allman’s remains were buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia. He was laid to rest next to his brother, Berry Oakley, who was the first bassist for the Allman Brothers Band.

Check out the footage of the breathtaking tribute below:


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