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With all the hoopla of the final game, coaches leaving and the freezing temperatures some folks missed a milestone with the retiring of Bill Williams as the voice of The Pride of the Southland Marching Band. Williams was asked to conduct one of their songs during his final game. Williams said, “When asked to conduct I was thrilled, and to tell the truth it was something I’ve always wanted to do.”
For the last ten years Williams (with his wife Wanda) have attended home and away games with Bill introducing the music, guest artist, etc, for the band’s performances during the half-time ceremonies.  
Associate Professor of Music Donald D. Ryder says, “In other words, he does for the band what Bobby Denton does for the football game,” adding, “We will surely miss his work with the band.”   - Michael Patrick

With all the hoopla of the final game, coaches leaving and the freezing temperatures some folks missed a milestone with the retiring of Bill Williams as the voice of The Pride of the Southland Marching Band. Williams was asked to conduct one of their songs during his final game. Williams said, “When asked to conduct I was thrilled, and to tell the truth it was something I’ve always wanted to do.”

For the last ten years Williams (with his wife Wanda) have attended home and away games with Bill introducing the music, guest artist, etc, for the band’s performances during the half-time ceremonies.  

Associate Professor of Music Donald D. Ryder says, “In other words, he does for the band what Bobby Denton does for the football game,” adding, “We will surely miss his work with the band.”   - Michael Patrick

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