For years, attending sporting events has been a tradition in the historically black college and university community. These events mark new milestones for collegiate students and are reunions for proud alum. It is our belief that if you ask any HBCU student, they will tell you that these games would not be the same without the presence of one element. It’s not a star quarterback..it’s not discounted hot dogs.. and it’s not celebrity alum.
Ladies and gentlemen..freshman and seniors..doctoral and med students..we are talking about the ridiculously loud, colorful-costumed, soul stepping, note-hitting marching bands. Marching bands alone, and the shows they put on at halftime are sometimes enough to fill the stadium! The reenactment of current songs, “oldies but goodies”, and school mantras mixed with flashy dances, field presentations, and drum majors is a strong part of the HBCU culture.
It’s no secret that everyone will vouch for the band from their school, and alum will almost never stand in opposition of their alma mater.. but which HBCU band deserves to be called “best”?
Sonic Boom of the South – Jackson State University
There’s no question that the number one spot went to the Sonic Boom of the South, the Jackson State University Marching Band. The band received 17,701 votes, earning 21% of the vote. The program began in 1971 and has even made halftime appearances for or the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals. Read more information about this band here JSU