Howard University’s marching band has cut its normally joyful sound, refusing to perform amid boiling discrepancies with the university’s administration.

The S.H.O.W.T.I.M.E. Marching Band announced their protest during Saturday’s football game against Savannah State University. It started with a performance in all black. Later, the band refused to perform in the 5th period.

“As a band, we decided to wear all black for the lack of a budget—more specifically scholarships for the band program—and to shed light on the lack of financial support for the student body,” a band member told the crowd. “Until the university addresses these issues, we will not support this university with our musicianship.”
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