Halftime Is Showtime
At an HBCU football game, halftime is showtime.
It’s electric. It’s dynamic. It’s one of a kind.
And at #HBOB 2017, 8 bands from across the HBCU community will look to show up and show out.
Some are touted for their discipline, others their musicianship and each of them for their desire to be great.
What is it that motivates a band to turn the monotonous into the magnificent? We asked, they answered.
Alabama A&M University
Whether they’re playing Top 40, soothing your soul with Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day”, or getting props for their cover of Shalamar’s “This Is For The Lover In You”, the Marching Maroon & White Band is intent to live up to the name, “Showband of The South”.
Alabama State University
When you look at entertainment differently and think outside the box, you end up like the Mighty Marching Hornets of Alabama State. A commitment to “100% entertainment” landed this band their very own Aspire TV reality series, “Bama State Style”. Whether they have the student body groovin’ to their version of Cameo’s “Neck” or dazzlin’ them with their signature “Halftime FanFare”, a performance from Alabama State is one that you don’t want to miss.
Alcorn State University
Becoming Internet famous for their cover of Wyclef Jean’s “Two Wrongs”, getting shout outs from rappers for renditions of their songs, and playing NFL season openers in New Orleans, the “Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite” are musical fireworks when they hit the field. Their names are forever etched in the band history books for performing in the first 5th quarter along with the “Human Jukebox” (The Southern University Marching Band).
When you dare to be different in sound, dance, drive and pageantry, you are “The Band of Distinction.” This is the Benedict’s first Honda Battle of the Bands appearance. Their eye of tiger tenacity is reflected in their mantra: to recruit, retain, and graduate student musicians. The Tiger’s reputation as a premiere band is based in a transformational legacy, that’s grounded in a sense of community and has elevated their role as ambassadors for the school.
With double-digit Honda Battle of The Bands appearances you’re deemed a dynasty, the equivalent of the Lakers and the Celtics in the world of bands. “The Marching Wildcats” have eleven appearances in the books and this year’s performance marks their twelfth. Mixing the old school with the new, flashy entrances, and exciting dance routines, they keep the crowds enthused. It’s all in a day’s half-time work when it’s about that “perfect performance”.
North Carolina A&T University
The Blue and Gold Marching Machine continually step outside the box and raise the bar. Whether it’s their mixture of traditional world with high-stepping, their impressive cover of Michael Jackson’s “Liberian Girl”, or highlighting the a day in the life of band members on their YouTube channel, they keep fans rockin’ and swayin’ with classic performances of “Neck/Hay” and Janet Jackson’s “Velvet Rope.”
Listen to how they play but pay special attention to how they move, you’ll understand in a quickness why their motto is “sound good, and look good.” Renditions of “Somebody Loves Me” by Patti LaBelle, “And The Beat Goes On” by The Whispers, and the crunkness of “Knuck If You Buck” by Crime Mob highlight Texas Southern’s versatility and the power of the “whoosh”.
Winston-Salem State University
If you believe the size of your band doesn’t determine your fate, look no further than the ”Red Sea of Sound” as they make their sixth appearance at Honda Battle of The Bands. The high- energy performances from their drum majors, band, dancers, and flags leave the crowd rockin’.