There’s nothing I like to hear more than a band playing the skin off of a good ballad.
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.
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.
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.
After more than 50 years, has there been significant innovation within the traditional style?… And Should there be?
Our hope is that the data collected will give some incite on the relationship, which will either expose a broken system that is in need of repair or highlight the benefits of a successful working relationship.