I believe this award is important because it is established as THE measure for excellence among America's elite college marching band programs. I believe it's time for an HBCU Band program, the ones we claim to be the best every year, to participate in the process again and to win.
JUST when we thought we had braved the worst of this miserable year... This happened.
The Florida A&M University Marching 100 dawned new uniforms at The Florida Classic in Orlando this past weekend and all hell broke loose..
It's been an eventful year to say the least. We will touch on many of these happenings as we explore the 2017 Season by conference.
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.