THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GATOR MARCHING BAND
The University of Florida Gator Marching Band, also known as The SOUND
of the Gator Nation, serves as the University’s musical ambassadors.
Established in 1913, the current band has 365 students from over 100
different majors who support athletic teams and represent UF, Florida and
the United States at many events, including America’s Got Talent and the
2012 London Olympics. They are the recipients of the Sudler Trophy, the
highest award for college marching bands, and feature the Gatorettes, the
eight-time national collegiate twirling champions.
Fans are able to greet the team upon arrival at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium two
hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff. Fans at Gator Walk welcome the team
with UF cheerleaders, mascots Albert & Alberta, and the pep bad, wishing
the Gators well before the game. The team enters the stadium’s north end
and walk across Steve Spurrier-Florida field en route to the south end zone
MR. TWO BITS
One of the best-known Gators spirit traditions was the pregame appearance
by Mr. Two Bits. George Edmonson, a Tampa resident and avid Gators fan,
is the beloved man who traveled from section to section at all Gators games
for 60 years leading rousing renditions of “Two Bits, Four Bits, Six Bits, a
Dollar, All for the Gators, Stand Up and Holler!” Edmonson also sponsors
and annual scholarship for a member of the cheerleading squad. Over the
past few years, Edmonson’s legacy has been continued by various celebrity
Two Bits, including Steve Spurrier, President Kent Fuchs, and the 2006 and
2007 back-to-back NCAA Championship-winning men’s basketball teams.
THE BOYS FROM OLD FLORIDA
At the end of the third quarter, the band strikes up “We Are the Boys from
Old Florida,” and Gators fans stand together, swaying left and right, arm in
arm, while singing the traditional tune.
I WON’T BACK DOWN
Florida Gators fans honor Gainesville, Florida native Tom Petty in between
the third and fourth quarters by singing “I Won’t Back Down,” one of the late
artist’s bigger hits. The song first played Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 against LSU,
as 90,000 fans sang along.
THE ALMA MATER & FIGHT SONGS
At the conclusion of every home game, the Gators join the band in the
Northeast corner of the stadium to join fans in singing UF’s Alma Mater and
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