We’ve heard the last rendition of “Dixie” played by the Ole Miss marching band at Vaught–Hemingway Stadium.
The Ole Miss athletics department has removed it from the band’s gameday playlist, the Oxford Eagle reports. The ban encompasses not just the stadium during the game, but also in the Grove pre- and postgame.
Ole Miss drops "Dixie" from the marching band's game-day routine
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Up until 2003, Colonel Reb acted as the Ole Miss sideline mascot and would wave his sword to the tune. But that year the school dropped Colonel Reb, too closely resembling a plantation owner from the old south, and banned Confederate flags. In 2009, after students would not cease their chant of, “The South will rise again!”, the school scrapped the more widely known “From Dixie With Love.” But “Dixie” reigned on, until Friday.