September 8, 2023
Prince Graduate, Rett Sams, Marches with Prestigious Red Coat Band
When Prince families are watching The Red Coat Marching Band this fall, they might notice a familiar face in the trombone section.
Prince graduate Rett Sams (’23) is one of only two Prince graduates who has had the honor of joining the distinguished marching band at the University of Georgia.
While at Prince, Rett spent eight years in Prince Bands including Pep Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band. He was Band Captain his senior year and was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa and Patrick S. Gilmore Awards. Rett explains that these experiences prepared him musically to audition for The Redcoat Band. However, Rett had never marched in a marching band. “Mr. Dailey taught me the basics of marching during some of my study halls, and Mr. Marlow (a former Redcoat himself) always talked with me about what a great experience it was for him.”
Rett says his friends were a great source of encouragement as he went through the challenging audition process and that ironically, playing in a smaller band at Prince uniquely prepared him for The Redcoats. “Being in a smaller band taught me the importance of playing loudly which is what it takes to fill up Sandford Stadium. The Prince Band also shares many of the same traditions as the Redcoats such as playing Krypton Fanfare at 4th quarter and Georgia on My Mind at the end of the game.”
Prince Band Director Gerald Dailey describes Rett as one of the hardest-working students that he has ever encountered. “Because of Rett’s work ethic and drive, he was able to learn a new skill quickly that other students have spent four years working on. The Redcoat Band is fortunate to have Rett.”
Rett encourages younger band students to visit the Red Coat Band practices on Friday nights to get a firsthand look at the unique experience. He also advises them to look for opportunities to grow. “Always challenge yourself to improve.”
As for UGA fans, Rett says to look for him in the middle of the “I” when the Redcoats spell out GEORGIA on the field.