HBCUS THE BEST IN THE LAND: A COMPLETE LIST OF HBCU MARCHING BANDS
From the Marching 100 to the Sonic Boom of the South, this list of the HBCU marching bands examines the history, music, and moves that defined their legacy.
HBCU bands are known for their style, showmanship, and amazing music. With classic instruments and modern moves, each college incorporates the best musical traditions from America’s rich history. From the Marching 100 to the Sonic Boom of the South, this complete list of the HBCU marching bands examines the history, music, and the moves that have defined their legacy.
HBCU MARCHING BANDS IN ALABAMA
Marching Crimson Pipers
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
As the oldest HBCU marching band, the Marching Crimson Pipers have inspired musicians in the African-American community for over a century. The TU Marching Band has performed at the Mardi Gras Parade, Stagg Bowl, and made multiple appearances at the Honda Battle Of The Bands.
Marching Maroon and White
Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL
Since 1890, the Marching Maroon & White has performed at football games and parades across the country. The band’s music and signature style was refined by music icons like William Grant Still, William C. Handy, and Wade Hammonds. When band members are not playing at Louis Crews Stadium, they’re recording with other artists. Their music can be heard on Lucy Pearl’s album and in the documentary Take The Field.
Marching Tornado Band
Talladega College, Talladega, AL
They may be newcomers, but the Marching Tornado Band has proven that it can stand toe to toe with some of the finest marching bands in the country. Since 2012, the Talladega College Marching Band has performed at the Queen City Battle Of The Bands and the 2015 Honda Battle Of The Bands.
Mighty Marching Hornets
Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL
The Mighty Marching Hornets moved from the New ASU Stadium to the big screen! Since 2010, the ASU Marching Band has starred in multiple music videos and TV shows. Their latest project, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, will be released in movie theaters in November of 2016.
Purple Marching Machine
Miles College, Fairfield, AL
The Purple Marching Machine is known for its show-stopping performances and electric sound. In addition to college football games, the Miles College Marching Band has played at President Bill Clinton’s campaign rally, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and at the Inaugural Pioneer Bowl.
HBCU MARCHING BANDS IN ARKANSAS
Musical Machine of the Mid-South
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, AR
The Musical Machine of the Mid-South (M4) has made a name for itself as an elite show band. The UAPB Marching Band has performed at the Gateway Classic and Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration.
HBCU MARCHING BANDS IN DELAWARE
Delaware State University, Dover, DE
From Philidelphia Eagles games to London’s New Years Eve Parade, the Approaching Storm has performed for fans across the globe. The DSU Marching Band has traveled to Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands to play for international audiences. When they aren’t performing abroad, the Approaching Storm can be seen at NFL games throughout the United States.
HBCU MARCHING BANDS IN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA/ WASHINGTON, DC
Howard University, Washington, D.C.
With superior musicians, dancers, and drills, the Showtime Band has left its mark on HBCU marching band history. The Howard University Marching Band has performed at NFL football games and at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Most recently, the Showtime Band appeared at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.