Many would argue that any reputable list of "the best" black college bands would have to include at least one powerhouse from each conference. That's a fair assumption, but at the same time it is the exact issue that has plagued Tennessee State University's Aristocrat of Bands (AOB) and others.
I'm stepping outside of my box to ask a question that's been weighing heavy on my mind lately... Are the members of the "Divine Nine" ready and able to fight the 21st century civil rights battles?
I'm not sure why this behavior is so rampant amongst band directors, or teachers in general. I do know that being aware of what to look for as co workers, parents, and students will help marginalize these individuals.
Music Education is being sandwiched in between two very large financial institutions: College Football and the Music Industry and when that happens money wins
If you are reading this as a college band member and you are; looking for an opportunity to be impactful, wanting to adhere to ideals of purpose, and needing the experience of true brotherhood/sisterhood, then I implore you to seek out ΚΚΨ and ΤΒΣ.
Small bands have always had to work twice as hard, be twice as right, and sound twice as nice, just to be accepted as a formidable opponent. I guess that much has remained the same.
Congratulations Dr. Artis on your historic selection and may your years at Benedict College be filled with success! As a born and raised South Carolinian, I send a big Low Country welcome to you and your family!
I'm hoping that through level - headed discussion, we will all learn something about these bands and the mass band culture.
After more than 50 years, has there been significant innovation within the traditional style?... And Should there be?