There have been multitudes of amazing HBCU band performances since the 2018 marching season began.

However, there were two bands that we believe consistently performed better than everyone else.


As a result, Jackson State’s Sonic Boom of the South and North Carolina A&Ts Blue and Gold Marching Machine are the two finalists for HBCU Sports’ 2018 Band of the Year.

Jackson State

Ranked No. 2 in the midseason poll of the top HBCU marching bands in America
Received No. 1 ranking on the list of the top 5 halftime shows from Week 5
Received No. 3 ranking on the list of the top 5 halftime shows from Week 8
Received No. 2 ranking on the list of the top 5 halftime shows from Week 9
Received No. 4 ranking on the list of the top 5 halftime shows from Week 10
Received No. 1 ranking on the list of the top 5 halftime shows from Week 12
Ranked No. 7, No. 4, No. 2 on the list of top 20 cover songs of 2018 by HBCU bands

North Carolina A&T

Ranked No. 1 in the midseason poll of the top HBCU marching bands in America
Received No. 1 ranking on the list of the top 5 halftime shows from Week 2
Received No. 1 ranking on the list of the top 5 halftime shows from Week 4
Received No. 1 ranking on the list of the top 5 halftime shows from Week 7
Received No. 2 ranking on the list of the top 5 halftime shows from Week 8
Received No. 1 ranking on the list of the top 5 halftime shows from Week 10
Ranked No. 13 and No. 6 on the list of top 20 cover songs of 2018 by HBCU bands

It’s time to select a winner.  Cast your vote below.

Voting ends Monday, Jan. 21 at 11:59 p.m. (CT)

Disclaimer: This poll is not scientific. You are encouraged to come back and vote often. However, please note that the poll will view rapid-fire voting coming from a single IP address as an attack and will trigger a timeout. In this case, your vote will not be counted.  Poll results reflect only the views of the readers who choose to participate and not the public as a whole.

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

HBCU Sports announces finalists for 2018 Band of the Year Award

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