Band Director Randall Coleman, Marching Mocs Energize UTC School Spirit

When Randall Coleman arrived at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in July 2021, the Marching Mocs band had a little more than 30 members.

It was something of a change from his previous position as associate director of the University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band. It fields 400 members.

“When I took the job here, I knew there were 33 kids signed up for band and, for a university this size, that’s not right,” Coleman said.

He has made it right and then some. As of June 2022, 11 months after he arrived, the Marching Mocs have 140 students signed up, a 425% increase and the highest number in more than a decade.

“I said, ‘You know, if we could be 85 or 90 this year, I think that’d be great. That’d be positive,” Coleman said. “The growth that’s happened this year has just really been a shock to me.”