We’re only at the midway point of the HBCU marching band season and yet it seems as if we have seen a full season’s worth of halftime shows, exhibitions and 5th quarter performances.

Diss performances have been epic.


We’ve seen Tennessee State diss Jackson State, Jackson State diss Grambling, Southern diss Alcorn State, and even Miles College taking a stab at Alcorn State.

And no, we’re not talking about Crankfest either.

Simultaneously, despite all of the banter, the aforementioned bands and others have taken moments to ceremonially pay tribute to the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

One can only wonder what we will see in the second half of this season.

HBCU Sports presents it’s 3rd annual midseason rankings of the top 15 HBCU marching bands in America.

Midseason Rankings: Top 15 HBCU Marching Bands in America

Rank School Previous Rank
1 Jackson State 1
2 Southern 2
3 Tennessee State 3
4 Bethune-Cookman 4
5 North Carolina A&T 8
6 Alabama A&M 5
7 Florida A&M 6
8 Prairie View A&M 9
9 Norfolk State 10
10 Alcorn State 11
11 Miles College 7
12 Texas Southern 12
13 Grambling 13
14 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 14
15 South Carolina State NR

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Kenn Rashad
Founding Editor & Publisher

Founding Editor & Publisher of HBCU Sports and a graduate of Grambling State University.

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