Marching Mizzou's new uniforms to arrive soon

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 | 8:05 p.m. CST; updated 2:52 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The six columns on the left sleeve of the new band uniforms represent one of the traditional elements that remained on the newly designed uniforms that are expected to be used for the next eight to 10 years by MU band members.

COLUMBIA — The 300 members of Marching Mizzou are shedding their old band uniforms and getting a more colorful, contemporary look.

Among the changes are an oversized gold letter "M" across the shoulder, the team logo on the hat and rhinestones on the jacket to catch the light.


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Marching Mizzou director Brad Snow said he and the band staff have been putting a prototype together since mid-July.

“We basically play around with the design until we come to something we like,” Snow said.

The uniforms should be ready by the end of the semester and on campus for football season, he said.

Band members said they are ready for a change. 

The average life expectancy of a band uniform is around eight years, and the current ones were purchased 10 years ago. Once white, many jackets have been discolored, and a number of uniforms smell like sweat and mildew.

“The old uniforms were disgusting, and they smelled horribly,” mellophone player Destiny Costley said. “Some even had moldy stains on them."

“The uniforms were good while they lasted, but they really needed to be replaced,” said Jessica Berry, another mellophone player.

The new uniform has been planned to keep traditional elements of the old uniform, such as the iconic MU Columns on the left sleeve.

Updates include the gold M extending from shoulder to sleeve, black pants with no stripe and a plume of feathers on a black hat.   

“When you see 300 people dressed up in those uniforms and coming at you, it’s going to be intimidating,” Snow said.

The uniform was designed to make the members of the band look taller and slimmer, he said. He also wanted to eliminate the elements he thought were stereotypical for band uniforms, such as the gold sash and the cape.

Estimated cost for the uniforms is between $150,000 and $200,000. The band has been saving money collected by MU licensing and trademarks to put toward the expense.         

Before submitting the design for bids, Snow said he wants to make a few changes — to make the M on the sleeve more Mizzou gold, finalize the hat and add more “bling” to the uniform.

“No other band in the country has a uniform like this,” he said.

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Jackie pierce January 26, 2011 | 7:49 a.m.

I think the new unirforms look awesome. You can tell that Mr. Snow has put a lot of time and energy into making the design outstanding. As far as I'm concerned, there can never be too much bling as when the sun hits it on a football Saturday they will look amazing!!

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gary roberts January 26, 2011 | 8:33 a.m.

This uniform says MIZ ZOU! Something to make everyone take notice. The band has imrpoved so much this season and this uniform will definitly get everyones attention, and yes, no one in the big twelve has anything quite like it. Contemporary but still traditional. Nice job! Can't wait to see them come out of the tunnel this fall. And yes, no matter what the design is, some will not like it.

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Patrick Seidling January 26, 2011 | 9:56 a.m.

Nice! When the TV cameras pan to the band those colors are going to POP! I love how the modern touches (the big M and the the rhinestone buttons for example) match well with the classy, traditional elements (the collar and the hat design). Go Mizzou!

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Lora Krizanich January 26, 2011 | 3:21 p.m.

Once a Marching Mizzou Mom, always a Marching Mizzou Mom! MM travels with the team and represents quality and pride on the field, and the band often gets unnoticed for their hard work off the field. They have been fortunate to have directors who believe in high performance standards and it shows. Although it's too late for my band kid, Good Job flashy new Marching Mizzou! (and color guard will always be dear to my heart--thanks for the memories)!

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Sabra Proctor January 27, 2011 | 9:02 a.m.

The uniform looks nice! The gold sparkly on the hats was awesome under the lights shining, I hope the black ones will too, maybe they should be black and gold!!

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