Marching bands are essential to the historically black college experience and elevate sporting events to the next level. You can take away the football and basketball teams but the crowd size probably won’t dwindle. No matter the season, black college marching bands are definitely the main attraction! Though they take the field for a few, brief minutes during halftime, the marching band performance is highly anticipated.

Check out our Top 5 HBCU Bands from 2016 and 2015.

HBCU marching band members arrive months early during the summer. They train, practice, and memorize songs, much like athletes on the field who practice and learn various plays. Those who make the cut rehearse every single day. Typically more than once. For months, black marching bands practice making their moves permanent. They embody cultural favorites and the latest jams on the radio. Considering the leadership, performances, song selection, and of course the esteemed drum majors, the band remains top on the field and the stands. Which band deserves to be dubbed the best this year?

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