Blue & Gold Marching Machine
The name is synonymous with high stepping performances, precise drills, powerful yet melodic sounds and energy! As the premier band of North Carolina and ranking high among the top HBCU Marching Bands, the Blue & Gold Marching Machine of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is a force to be reckoned with!
Under the visionary leadership of Dr. Kenneth Ruff, “The Blue and Gold Marching Machine” brings crowds of fans to their feet year after year. The hard work of band members has led to numerous recognitions, such as the 2003 Defeat the Beat Champions, official band of the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise, the lead band for the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and a top 10 band as reported by Sports Illustrated. Additionally, the Marching Machine was the first HBCU band to perform at the NASCAR Banking 500, breaking color barriers and introducing the HBCU style of performance to many fans that had never witnessed it. The Blue & Gold Marching Machine’s brilliant performance in the Georgia Dome in January of 2014 not only brought the crowd to its feet, it clenched the win for the Aggies, being chosen to receive the Fan Favorite Award during the 2014 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase.
The University Band Program uses the art of music as a teaching aid and a tool to strengthen participation in all areas of student life. The program is designed to create an understanding of the diversity in music and culture, while preserving and enhancing the history and traditions of the Aggie Bands as goodwill ambassadors and cheerleaders for NC A&T State University.
The band performs at a variety of school and community functions and consists of approximately 200 members from very diverse majors and concentrations. The band is an auditioned group. The audition is open to all students of the university who wish to participate. The Marching Machine performs different genres of music and incorporates all styles of marching and maneuvering. The unit is a source of pride for the university and the community.