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This is a question that I hear all the time, and it picked up more steam after last Saturday – Who has the best band among HBCU schools?
After watching FAMU and Tennessee State in the Atlanta Football Classic over the weekend, I would be hard-pressed to pick one or the other. And if you think I’m taking the easy way out by not picking someone, well ….. you are right. I’m not falling into the trap! (Although I must admit that FAM’s melody of Michael Jackson’s songs was pretty smooth).
This isn’t a ranking, just a list. (And you should scroll all the way to the end of the conversation to check out the most recent entry. Folks are weighing in with some interesting choices — and that’s a good thing!)
And if you think my list is ‘out of tune’, put up your own list and feel free to rank them. It wouldn’t be the first time – or the last – that I’ve been proven wrong.
WHO’S NUMBER ONE – AND WHY?
Alabama A&M Marching Maroon and White
Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats
Clark Atlanta University Marching Panthers
Florida A&M Marching 100
Grambling State Tiger Marching Band
Jackson State Sonic Boom of the South
Langston University Marching Pride band
Morehouse College House of Funk
N.C. Central University Marching Sound Machine
Prairie View A&M University Marching Storm
Savannah State Coastal Empire Sound Explosion
Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band
Tennessee State Aristocrat of Bands
Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Piper Band
Virginia State University Trojan Explosion Marching Band