In a review of the first half of the 2018 HBCU marching band season, the staff concluded that there needed to be an overhaul in the midseason rankings compared to the preseason list.

As subjective as these rankings may be, we concluded that some bands performed as expected, some that showed better than expected, and some who didn’t quite play as expected.


The bands from Norfolk State, Alcorn State, Grambling, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff moved up in the rankings, while the bands from Southern, Prairie View A&M, Miles College, and Alabama A&M dropped in rankings.

HBCU Sports presents its 4th annual 2018 HBCU Sports Midseason Top 15 Band Poll.

2018 HBCU Sports Midseason Top 15 Band Poll

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

  1. Not credible.. this poll is str8 BS

    1. Shocked to see SU so far down the line. The one thing they got right is HU last out of the 15, only reason I say this, I live right here in 757. HU growing but not messing with that top 14. They need to have a bandoff and let them go at it like Queen City with judges/directors from HBCU’s that didn’t make it. That would be fire or let the social media experts be the judges like Killa Kev, Rogers Bro, Meet me on the 50, Showtime, etc….

  2. Because you know so much about good bands!

  3. Big ups to Alcorn State

  4. Oh yeah, that’s a good look at NSU moving up from 8 to 3 , leading up to 1 vs 3 Nov 2 & 3 for A&T’s Friday BOTB and SAT “GHOE”, gone be lit.

  5. This so INACCURATE! Why is this even published??

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