As expected, the year 2019 proved to be another stellar year of performances from HBCU marching bands.

But we believe the marching bands from Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Grambling State, Jackson State, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T, and Southern University were the bands that consistently showed up and showed out.

For their efforts, the aforementioned programs are the seven finalists for the 2019 HBCU Sports Band of the Year.

And the winner will be decided by our audience.

Below is a closer look at the body of work of each finalist.

Bethune-Cookman
Ranked No. 12 on 2019 HBCU midseason top 15 band poll
Ranked No. 5 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 1
Ranked No. 2 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 8
Ranked No. 1 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 9
Ranked No. 1 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 13
Ranked No. 3 on the list of top cover songs 2019 by HBCU bands
Ranked No. 1 on the list of top 10 HBCU band halftime shows of 2019

Florida A&M
Ranked No. 6 on 2019 HBCU midseason top 15 band poll
Ranked No. 1 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 4
Ranked No. 2 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 6
Ranked No. 1 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 8
Ranked No. 5 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 12
Ranked No. 3 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 13
Ranked No. 18 and No. 24 on the list of top cover songs 2019 by HBCU bands
Ranked No. 3 on the list of top 10 HBCU band halftime shows of 2019

Grambling State
Ranked No. 10 on 2019 HBCU midseason top 15 band poll
Ranked No. 1 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 1
Ranked No. 3 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 6
Ranked No. 3 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 10
Ranked No. 2 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 11
Ranked No. 15 on the list of top cover songs 2019 by HBCU bands
Ranked No. 4 on the list of top 10 HBCU band halftime shows of 2019

Jackson State
Ranked No. 1 on 2019 HBCU midseason top 15 band poll
Ranked No. 3 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 1
Ranked No. 4 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 4
Ranked No. 3 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 5
Ranked No. 4 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 10
Ranked No. 1 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 12
Ranked No. 2 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 13
Ranked No. 5 and No. 9 on the list of top cover songs 2019 by HBCU bands
Ranked No. 3 on the list of top 10 HBCU band halftime shows of 2019

North Carolina A&T
Ranked No. 3 on 2019 HBCU midseason top 15 band poll
Ranked No. 2 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 1
Ranked No. 1 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 5
Ranked No. 4 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 6
Ranked No. 2 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 9
Ranked No. 22 on the list of top cover songs 2019 by HBCU bands
Ranked No. 9 on the list of top 10 HBCU band halftime shows of 2019

Norfolk State
Ranked No. 2 on 2019 HBCU midseason top 15 band poll
Ranked No. 1 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 2
Ranked No. 2 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 5
Ranked No. 5 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 6
Ranked No. 2 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 10
Ranked No. 8 and No. 22 on the list of top cover songs 2019 by HBCU bands
Ranked No. 6 and No. 8 on the list of top 10 HBCU band halftime shows of 2019

Southern
Ranked No. 4 on 2019 HBCU midseason top 15 band poll
Ranked No. 2 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 4
Ranked No. 2 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 7
Ranked No. 1 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 10
Ranked No. 2 on the list of top 5 halftime shows from Week 12
Ranked No. 1 and No. 10 on the list of top cover songs 2019 by HBCU bands
Ranked No. 2 on the list of top 10 HBCU band halftime shows of 2019

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

Voting ends Tuesday, 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.

 



101 COMMENTS

    • The # 1 HBCU NON OTHER THEN BETHUNE-COOKMAN UNIVERSITY! HANDS DOWN, IM AN ALUMNI ‘ Luvv being A WILDCAT!!!!#1 BAND HAILWILD CATS!!!

  1. Excuse me!!! Did you not notice that Morgan State University was the lead band at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? The Magnificent Marching Machine has always been a delight to see. Morgan State is Truly Great. Go Bears

    • I am a fan of every band listed here by HBCU Sports. However you know there’s no other HBCU band that has a style all unto their own. THE NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY MARCHING SPARTAN LEGION IS “THE STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE” AND “PRECISION PERSONIFIED”!
      BEHOLD BEHOLD THE MIGHTY GREEN & GOLD!

  2. Each and every one of these bands are, in their own right, uniquely different in their performances, and therefore, I vote for each of them, as they jointly protect and pass on our HBCU musical legacies, and as a musical product of an HBCU that closed its doors, I thank each and every participant in all of the bans, and God bless all of them

  3. THE BLUE & GOLD MARCHING MACHINE from the world renowned NORTH CAROLINA AGRICULTURAL & TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY —-AGGIE PRIDE!!!!

  4. You didn’t include Benedict College or Tennessee State who outperformed most of these bands. Stop only looking at the same bands year in year out

  5. I went to Morehouse and we are not a contender in this area so that allows me the right to vote for another school right? SMH
    For a few years in my youth I lived pretty close to Norfolk State and was able to really see what band excellence looks like.
    NSU has been a powerhouse band forever. Go Spartans! Behold.……the green and the gold!!!!

  6. LET THE HEAVENS RESOUND TO YOUR MAGNIFICENT SOUND and LET EVERY MUSICAL MEASURE be a SOURCE of AUDITORY PLEASE!! BEHOLD THE MIGHTY GREEN AND GOLD!!! SPARTAN LEGION, LET’S GO!!!

  7. “LET THE HEAVENS RESOUND TO YOUR MAGNIFICENT SOUND AND LET EVERY MUSICAL MEASURE BE A SOURCE OF AUDITORY PLEASURE!!!” Spartan Legion, LET’S GO!!!

  8. GS..GS…GS..U..U.. I THOUGHT U KNEW! We are so excited to be selected to participate in this showcase of great bands. WE ARE THE “WORLD FAMED MARCHING BAND”.

  9. BEHOLD!!!! This is Sparta!!! Norfolk State Spartan Legion bringing something different and entertaining to the field. Need to travel more though. One helluva band led by great band directors and students

  10. We already know who’s #1…..smh….but ok NSU…what extent some won’t go to. Good thing some of us don’t need validation from HBCUSPORTS…..#WHATEVERWORKS4U #FLAWEDPOLLOFCOURSE

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