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.

 

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

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46 Comments

  1. A&T TOP BAND

  2. I vote for my first College NSU. Of course

  3. The Marching Wildcats of Bethune–Cookman

  4. Southern University Human Jukebox

  5. NSU gets my vote. Behold!

    1. I also am a NSU fan

  6. Southern University The Human Jukebox has my vote!

  7. There is only 1.

    The Human Jukebox…….

    Often Imitated Never Duplicated……

  8. BEHOLD THE GREEN AND GOLD. YEAH BABY!!!

  9. Southern University Jaguars

  10. Jackson State Sonic Boom…Band of the year

  11. Behold the Green and the Gold!!!!

  12. World Famed marching band. Grambling St.

  13. FAMU best consistent marching musically talented band all year

  14. THE Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Marching 100!!! #FangsUp

  15. Bethune-Cookman University Wildcats

  16. Florida A&M University Marching 100

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

  17. 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

    1. “Always duplicated, and NEVER imitated!!!!”
      “Momma, There goes THAT Band!!!!”
      “THE 🌎🌍🌏 FAMED”
      GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY TIGERS MARCHING BAND!!!!

  18. Jackson state of course

  19. Famu 100 it’s the only hbcu duh

  20. Bethune cookman University matching band

  21. Florida A&M University marching 100

  22. Hail WILDCATS

  23. World Famed Grambling State University Marching Band.

  24. North Carolina A&T Blue and Gold Marching Machine ..Aggie Pride

  25. BEHOLD THE GREEN AND GOLD!!! SPARTAN LEGION

  26. NSU, I LOVE IT , I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT💝💝💝😘😘😘😘

  27. J S U………..NOTHING ELSE NEEDS TO BE SAID

  28. BEHOLD THE GREEN AND GOLD!!! SPARTAN LEGION !!!!!

  29. No One, Not Anyone, No band in this land can compete with Southern University Jaguars and y’all know this.

  30. Bethune Cookman University Marching Wildcats!!

  31. 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

  32. Keep your coins!!!!!!!!!
    The Jukebox is free.!!!!!!!
    SU all the way baby.

  33. Grambling State World Famed !

  34. THE BLUE & GOLD MARCHING MACHINE
    NC AGRICULTURAL & TECHNICAL STATE UNIVERSITY

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

  36. BETHUNE COOKMAN UNIVERSITY
    WILDCATS “THE PRIDE” MARCHING BAND

  37. 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

  38. Lord forgive me, I went to Texas Southern but I will vote for my first HBCU choice Jackson State University.

  39. Now everybody knows the Marching 100 are the originators and are always attempting to be duplicated!!! Go Rattlers!

  40. The North Carolina A&T State University Blue and Gold Marching Machine… nuff said

  41. What about the Red Sea of Sound??? No love for the little guys???

  42. NSU! BEHOLD THE GREEN AND GOLD. SPARTAN LEGION

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