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Bayou Classic, Grambling State World Famed Tiger Marching Band, HBCU Bands, Southern University Human Jukebox -

Who won the battle? If unfamiliar with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), one might be confused by this one simple yet important question that often receives the most biased answers. This year was no different. By halftime of the 45th annual Bayou Classic in New Orleans, more than 67,000 seats were filled in the […]

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Bethune-Cookman Marching Wildcats, Bethune-Cookman University, Florida A&M University, HBCU, HBCU Bands, Marching 100, The 5th Quarter -

There’s always something at stake. Since 1925, the Bethune-Cookman University and Florida A&M University sports teams and bands have taken the field to find out who reigns supreme in what has become the largest historically black college and university (HBCU) rivalry in Florida. In 1978, the Florida Blue Florida Classic was created, and this year […]

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Clark Atlanta Panthers, HBCU Bands -

Rhonda L. Harper, who took over the Clark Atlanta Mighty Marching Panthers as interim director in August, does not plan on going anywhere. Football season is over, but they are preparing for basketball season. She’s the second black woman to lead the school’s band, but in 2005, she became the first black woman to hold […]

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ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings, Fayetteville State Marching Bronco Xpress, Fayetteville State University, HBCU, HBCU Bands, Jorim Reid -

It’s been a long season for the Fayetteville State University Marching Bronco Xpress. Evacuations, hurricanes and a lack of resources thwarted the band members before they could even show off what they’d practiced so hard last offseason. But the Marching Bronco Xpress knew that the show, no matter the circumstances, would go on. And through […]

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Bowie State Bulldogs, Bowie State Symphony of Soul, Fayetteville State Marching Bronco Xpress, HBCU Bands -

Two days before the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) football title game, where it should be playing, the Bowie State marching band won’t play because it has been suspended over hazing allegations. The band was suspended on Nov. 2 for several undisclosed incidents. University president Aminta H. Breaux issued a statement Wednesday that said: “Over […]

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HBCU Bands, Howard Bison, Jay Rock -

The Howard University Showtime Marching Band was determined to give the crowd a homecoming show to remember. And despite rainy weather, the band did exactly that. Hip-hop artist Jay Rock only heightened the performance. Jay Rock, in the middle of his 30-city Big Redemption Tour, believed it was important to stop at Howard. He flew […]

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Bethune-Cookman Marching Wildcats, Central State University, Clark Atlanta Panthers, ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings, HBCU Bands, Jackson State Tigers, Morehouse Tigers, Prairie View Panthers, Tennessee State Tigers, Tuskegee Golden Tigers, Winston-Salem State Rams -

HBCU homecoming season isn’t over yet. The Greatest Homecoming on Earth is about to jump off in Greensboro, North Carolina. Last week, Howard University set it off with rapper Jay Rock performing Saturday with the Showtime Marching Band. Were you at a historically black college or university campus that rocked out at homecoming? Did you […]

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Band of Distinction, Benedict College, HBCU, HBCU Bands, HBCU Homecoming -

For 20 years, the soulful sounds of the Benedict College Marching Tiger Band of Distinction (BCBOD) have managed to work their way into the hearts of alumni, current students, fans and curious followers across the country. Since its founding in 1998, the band has grown from 61 members in its first year to a robust […]

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Grambling State University, HBCU, HBCU Bands, Prairie View A&M University, State Fair Classic, The 5th Quarter -

The storms that rolled into Texas threatening to soak a day of football and band battles were met by thousands of attendees who showed up to Dallas’ Cotton Bowl Stadium for the State Fair Classic anyway. And luckily for the fans who came to watch the tense showdown between the Grambling State Tigers and the […]

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Bethune-Cookman University, Circle City Classic, Donovan Wells, ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings, HBCU Bands, Indianapolis, Marching Wildcats -

And the winner of the Circle City Classic Battle of the Bands is Bethune-Cookman University. The Marching Wildcats, along with fans who stayed behind to watch the band battle the Howard University’s Showtime Marching Band, erupted in cheers. Moments earlier, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats football team had lost 41-35 to the Howard Bison during the 35th […]

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HBCU Bands, HBCU Football, MEAC/SWAC Football Challenge, NCF, North Carolina Central University, Prairie View A&M -

The battle started long before the North Carolina Central and Prairie View A&M football teams took to the field for their noon kickoff of the 14th Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge in Atlanta. On Sunday, hours before teams and supporters from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) gathered, band members poured from […]

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Cori Bostic, Florida A&M University, HBCU Bands -

The Florida A&M University Marching 100 has diversified its band leadership and made history by adding its first female drum major in the program’s 72-year existence. Cori Renee Bostic, a 20-year-old junior broadcast journalism major from Decatur, Georgia, was appointed during FAMU’s annual band camp and will be heading the Marching 100 alongside two new […]

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Bethune-Cookman Marching Wildcats, Florida A&M University, HBCU Bands, Morehouse College, Swizz Beatz -

Before 9 a.m. Thursday near downtown Atlanta, the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on Morehouse College’s campus was filled with more than 300 attendees during this year’s Precision Camp and Pearls of Precision Marching Band and Auxiliary Summer Intensive. For five days, students ranging from sixth grade to 12th grade and representing more than 30 […]

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Beyonce, Coachella, Drumline, HBCU, HBCU Bands, Music -

In January 2017, fans were ecstatic to learn Beyoncé would be headlining the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Outside of the anticipation of a creative and energetic performance, Queen Bey would make history as the first black woman to headline the festival in its 19-year existence. Less than a month later, excitement turned to […]

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Alcorn State Braves, Culture, Dance, HBCU Bands, Memes, Music -

Have you seen the video image of the Golden Girls of Alcorn State University dance troupe layered over the Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams”? If not, the “color guard” meme, as it’s called, is not hard to find. The clip of the historically black college/university (HBCU) girls squad prancing into the stadium before their school’s opening […]

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Atlanta, HBCU Bands, Honda Battle of the Bands, Miles Golden Bears -

ATLANTA — Miles College proudly entered the field for the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase with horns blaring. The tune? Bone Crusher’s 2003 classic Never Scared — a better than perfect performance for the moment. The Purple Marching Machine won over the crowd completely and immediately in its inaugural performance in the Honda […]

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Bethune-Cookman University, ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings, Grambling State University, HBCU Bands, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Prairie View A&M University, Southern Jaguars -

As the 2017-18 college football season comes to a close, fans of historically black college and university (HBCU) sports all wonder: “Where will we get our band fix now?” Although the HBCU halftime show experience cannot be matched outside of the football field (check out the ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings from this season), there’s […]

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ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings, Gimme 5, HBCU Bands -

This week as the 2017 Celebration Bowl approaches, ESPN analyst Jay Walker gives us a Gimme 5 on what might be the hottest debate of the season: the top bands at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Having seen them and heard them he rates them, and for him, Southern is No. 1. And if […]

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Alabama A&M University, Alabama State Hornets, Bethune-Cookman University, ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings, Florida A&M University, HBCU Bands, Jackson State Tigers, Music, Norfolk State Spartans, North Carolina A&T Aggies, North Carolina Central Eagles, Prairie View A&M University -

The ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings A look at the marvel and majesty of HBCU bands, their culture, their universities, the personalities and performances that make them so unique. Bethune-Cookman University’s Marching Wildcats have reclaimed the top spot in the third ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings. The Wildcats were the top band in the first […]

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Alabama State Hornets, Clark Atlanta Panthers, HBCU Bands, HBCU Football, Howard University, Jackson State Tigers, North Carolina A&T Aggies, Texas Southern Tigers -

For the past eight weeks, we’ve taken you behind the scenes of some of the best HBCU bands across the country — North Carolina A&T State University, Texas Southern University, Howard University, Alabama State University, Jackson State University, and Clark Atlanta University — as each prepared for both home games and homecomings. The 5th Quarter […]

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Clark Atlanta Panthers, HBCU, HBCU Bands, HBCU Football, Photo Act -

The 5th Quarter in the world of football games at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) takes place after the game, when the bands of the two opposing schools battle each other for bragging rights to the best musical performance. These displays of musical showmanship, from the choreographed routines to the song selection, require a […]

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Alabama, Alabama A&M University, Alabama State Hornets, Birmingham, Carlton Wright, HBCU Bands, James Oliver, Magic City Classic -

A wave of emotions floods HBCU football fans across Alabama around this time each year. They are anxious yet excited, impatient and amped up, as if Christmas has come in October and Alabama State University (ASU) and Alabama A&M University (AAMU) are the bearers of gifts. The McDonald’s Magic City Classic is the reason for […]

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HBCU, HBCU Bands, Jackson State Tigers, Photo Act, Sonic Boom of the South, The 5th Quarter -

The 5th Quarter in the world of football games at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) takes place after the game, when the bands of the two opposing schools battle each other for bragging rights to the best musical performance. These displays of musical showmanship, from the choreographed routines to the song selection, require a […]

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Bethune-Cookman University, HBCU Bands, North Carolina A&T Aggies -

A little before noon in Greensboro, North Carolina, the preparation had begun. Tailgating fans with portable grills in tow were ready to showcase their skills before the main event. Inside Aggie Stadium, the undefeated North Carolina A&T State University football team warmed up ahead of kickoff against the 3-3 Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats. In the stands, […]

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Alabama State Hornets, Alabama State Mighty Marching Hornets, HBCU, HBCU Bands, Photo Act, The 5th Quarter -

The 5th Quarter in the world of football at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) takes place after the game, when the bands of the two opposing schools battle each other for bragging rights as the best musical performance. These displays of musical showmanship, from the choreographed routines to the song selection, require hundreds of […]

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Charles Stone III, Dallas Austin, Drumline, HBCU Bands, Movies, Music, Nick Cannon, Oral History, Orlando Jones, Zoe Saldana -

Editor’s note: This story contains explicit language. Drumline is inspired by the life of Grammy-winning super-producer Dallas Austin, who created massive hits with Boyz II Men, TLC, Madonna and more. Austin’s life in music began during his days on his high school band’s drumline, and the 2002 film is the coming-of-age story of an 18-year-old […]

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HBCU, HBCU Bands, Howard University, Howard University Showtime Marching Band, Photo Act, The 5th Quarter -

The 5th Quarter in the world of football games at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) takes place after the game, when the bands of the two opposing schools battle each other for bragging rights to the best musical performance. These displays of musical showmanship, from the choreographed routines to the song selection, require a […]

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HBCU Bands, Houston, Photo Act, Texas Southern Tigers, The 5th Quarter -

The 5th Quarter in the world of football games at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) takes place after the game, when the bands of the two opposing schools battle each other for bragging rights to the best musical performance. These displays of musical showmanship, from the choreographed routines to the song selection, require a […]

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HBCU, HBCU Bands, North Carolina A&T Aggies, North Carolina A&T’s Blue and Gold Marching Machine, Photo Gallery, The 5th Quarter -

The 5th Quarter in the world of football games at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) takes place after the game, when the bands of the two opposing schools battle each other for bragging rights to the best musical performance. These displays of musical showmanship, from the choreographed routines to the song selection, require a […]

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Gimme 5, HBCU Bands -

ESPN analyst Jay Walker is back this week with another Gimme 5, and it may be the hottest debate of the season: the top bands at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). He’s seen them and heard them, and now he rates them. Jay will be doing Gimme 5s each week all season. Come back […]

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HBCU Bands, HBCU Football, Photo Gallery -

Talladega College began their battle in the stands. For the fourth year in a row, some of the best historically black colleges and universities’ marching bands and their fans converge on Charlotte to kick off the fall marching band season.

Troy Hull for The Undefeated

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Atlanta, Georgia Dome, HBCU Bands, The 5th Quarter -

On Jan. 28, amid the rush of fans purchasing Atlanta Falcons gear and parades being held before the beloved football team’s first Super Bowl appearance since 1999, another party was brewing inside the Georgia Dome. Members of eight historically black college and university (HBCU) bands took their places in the stadium, anticipating the arrival of […]

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Atlanta, Georgia Dome, HBCU Bands, The 5th Quarter -

When thinking about the historically black college and university (HBCU) experience, several things come to mind. The campuses that are filled with rich cultural history. The bands. The wealth of knowledge obtained from the quality education HBCUs offer. The bands. The opportunity to cheer for some of the most competitive teams around. And … the […]

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