Dr. Alexander Pickard arrived at Mizzou in 1961, and for three decades transformed Marching Mizzou to become the spirit voice of the Tigers. Under his leadership, the Big “M” of the Midwest delighted fans with theatrical halftime performances, marching innovations like the famous “Flip-Tigers”, and new spirit groups including Mini Mizzou and the Golden Girls. In the 1970’s, Dr. Pickard took Marching Mizzou to London, performing at soccer and rugby matches in iconic Wembley, Twickenham and Chelsea stadiums. A year later, the band initiated the MIZ-ZOU chant for the first time during the Tiger’s 22-21 victory over Ohio State in Columbus. Despite all his contributions to the band program, it is Dr. Pickard’s multi-generational relationship with his students that he treasures most. “The Good Doctor” is known to many as an adopted father who encouraged his family to “find a home.” Gifts to this fund recognize the legacy of Dr. Pickard and will be used to honor him in the new School of Music building.