LSU Alma Mater

The "LSU Alma Mater" was written in 1929 by Lloyd Funchess and Harris Downey, two students who developed the original song and music because LSU's first alma mater was sung to the tune of "Far Above Cayuga's Waters" and was used by Cornell University.[1][2] The band plays the "Alma Mater" during pregame and at the end of each home football game.[3] Also, members of the band join arm-in-arm at the end of rehearsals on Saturday game days and sing the "Alma Mater" before leaving the practice facility.[4]


  1. Ruffin, Thomas F. Jackson, Jo; Hebert, Mary J., eds. Under Stately Oaks: A Pictorial History of LSU [The New Campus]. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. p. ix. ISBN 0-8071-2682-9. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  2. Hardesty, Dan. The Louisiana Tigers: LSU Football. Huntsville, AL: The Strode Publishers. p. 83. ISBN 978-0873970648. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  3. Markway, Rebecca (2003). "Campus 411: Stuff you never knew about LSU". The Daily Reveille. Accessed on 4 June 2007.
  4. Wickes, Frank B. "The Marching Tigers - A Brief Look at Over 100 Years of the LSU Tiger Band, "The Golden Band from Tigerland"". Accessed on 7 December 2014.

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