The Bama State Collegians is a big band jazz orchestra sponsored by Alabama State University. In the 1930s, the ensemble was directed by noted jazz trumpeter, Erskine Hawkins , an inductee of both the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame . After moving to New York City, the Collegians, directed by Hawkins, became the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra and produced a string of national hit records, including " Tuxedo Junction ", " After Hours ", " Tippin' In " and others. The song "Tuxedo Junction", with its recordings by Hawkins and by the Glenn Miller Orchestra , became one of the anthems of World War II in America. In 2011, the story of Erskine Hawkins and his start in the Bama State Collegians was the subject of a Florida State University Film School MFA Thesis Film "The Collegians", written and directed by Alabama State University alumn Bryan Lewis.