There is no better way to commemorate the 2017 HBCU marching band season than to recognize the very best halftime shows of the year.
The marching season that was 2017 included halftime shows that involved a unique mix of themes, social messages, and a hefty dose of dissing opposing bands.
With the understanding that HBCU bands possess their very own unique styles and other individual traits that have become synonymous in establishing their brands, the criteria in creating our third annual list was the same as it has been for the previous two: song selection, creativity and crowd reaction.
Below are the top 10 HBCU band halftime shows of 2017.
10. Florida A&M (vs. Bethune-Cookman)
Performed on Nov. 17 at Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
9. Tennessee State (vs. Jackson State)
Performed on Sept. 9 at the Liberty Bowl, Memphis, Tenn.
8. North Carolina A&T (vs. Gardner-Webb)
Performed on Sept. 2 at Earnest W. Sprangler Stadium in Boiling Springs, N.C.
7. Southern (vs. Alcorn State)
Performed on Sept. 23 at Jack Spinks Stadium, Lorman, Miss.
6. Jackson State (vs. Tuskegee)
Performed on Oct. 14 at Ladd — Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
5. Prairie View A&M (vs. Jackson State)
Performed on Sept. 30 at Panther Stadium, Prairie View, Texas
4. Norfolk State (vs. Florida A&M)
Performed on Oct. 7 at William “Dick” Price Stadium, Norfolk, Va.
3. North Carolina A&T (vs. Delaware State)
Performed on Oct. 7 at Aggie Stadium, Greensboro, N.C.
2. Jackson State (vs. Grambling)
Performed on Sept. 16 at Eddie Robinson Stadium, Grambling, La.
1. Grambling (vs. Prairie View A&M)
Performed on Oct. 7 at the Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas