Norfolk State’s Spartan Legion voted 2019 HBCU Sports Band of the Year

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Norfolk State University’s Spartan Legion band was voted 2019 HBCU Sports Band of the Year.

The band, named one of seven finalists for the award on Jan. 13, was the top vote-getter in an online poll the website conducted from Tuesday, Jan. 14 through Tuesday night (Jan. 21).


Of the 37,032 total votes tallied, the Spartan Legion generated nearly 39 percent of the votes (14,430 votes). North Carolina A&T finished second in the voting with 6,529 votes. Southern University finished third in the voting with 6,363 votes, followed by Grambling State (4,767 votes), Jackson State (2,210 votes), Florida A&M (1,821) and Bethune-Cookman (912 votes).Under the direction of William Beathea, the band consistently ranked among the top 4 HBCU marching bands in the country in HBCU Sports’ preseason and midseason band polls.

Notable moments of the Norfolk State University Spartan Legion from 2019

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

Kenn Rashad

15 comments

  1. Howard Graham 22 January, 2020 at 18:34 Reply

    When the dust settled…it was the mighty Spartan Legion that rose to the top!!! The baddest HBCU marching band in the land!!! Congratulations Legion!!! BEHOLD…THE GREEN AND GOLD!!! 💚💛💚💛

  2. Quentin Jackson 23 January, 2020 at 15:25 Reply

    Congratulations to the Norfolk State Spartans…. Behold the Green and Gold, way to go SaxManiacs!
    #bandDad

  3. Moneee 24 January, 2020 at 13:53 Reply

    Contgrats NSU…Got that gold drip!!! BEHOLD THE GREEN AND GOLD!! Hopefully they get to go to the Honda battle of the bands next year!

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