About the Redcoat Band
The University of Georgia Redcoat Band is considered by many to be the "heart" of the Bulldog Nation. The 400-member marching band of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music was the first SEC school to receive the prestigious Sudler Trophy for musical and visual excellence in 2000. Dr. Michael C. Robinson is the Director of Athletic Bands and the Director of the 105th edition of the Redcoat Band. Dr. John Lynch is the Director of Bands, Dr. Gregg Gausline is the Associate Director of Bands, and Dr. Nikk Pilato is Assistant Director of Bands.
An extensive staff is vital to the operation of the Redcoat Band. UGA alumnus Tom Wallace prepares the band's musical arrangements while alumnus John Cypert oversees the scoring and instruction for the UGA Drumline. The auxiliary units of the band (Georgettes, Majorettes, Flagline, and Feature Twirler) are under the leadership of Coordinators Ashley Clark, Nechelle Thornton and and Lucie Ausbern, all three alumna of UGA. The Properties Crew, under the leadership of Allie Chambers, is responsible for the band's logistical concerns. Kappa Kappa Psi, a band service fraternity, undertakes many projects serving the entire band program. Graduate teaching assistants and other staff include Amy Knopps, Josh Byrd, Katie Byrd, James Henderson, Chuck Arnold, John Schnettler. Jay Sconyers, Daniel Cathey and Josh Luke.
The talented students of the Redcoat Band are the key to the organization's success. Being a Redcoat requires an academic background of significant accomplishment, and a great deal of talent and preparation in one's area of performance specialty. Redcoats commit themselves to 6-8 hours of rehearsal per week, while maintaining some of the highest grade-point averages at UGA. Though some 30% of its members are music majors, many are pursuing degrees from many of the academic disciplines at the University of Georgia. The uniquely diverse student population that makes up the Redcoat Band contributes to an organization of which Georgia supporters can be justifiably proud. Its colorful presence, limitless school spirit, and exciting music and motion are a part of what makes college football so special to Bulldog fans.