Catch College Football Spirit With These HBCU Marching Bands

Howard University's marching band prepares for halftime show
Drum Major Andrew Clark starts off the Howard University's Showtime Marching Band's half time show during practice Wednesday August 29, 2012 in Washington, DC at Howard University's Greene Stadium.Katherine Frey / The Washington Post/Getty Images

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By Luke Leifeste

College football season is upon us. Last night marked the start of the NCAA season as teams across the nation held their first games.

Among them, four historically Black colleges and universities (Fort Valley State, West Virginia State, Winston-Salem State, and Alcorn State) kicked off, with dozens of other HBCUs playing throughout the holiday weekend. To get into the college football spirit, we've gathered some flawless performances from black college marching bands.

The marching band has long been a source of pride for HBCUs as a celebration of tradition, excellence, and a break from the traditional college marching band status quo. It's not surprising that some find these bands more entertaining than the actual football game.

Bethune Cookman Marching Band - Honda Battle of the Bands (2011)

The marching band from Bethune Cookman gives an unforgettable performance at the annual Battle of the Bands competition.

Southern University Human Jukebox - "Lifestyle" (2014)

Voted #2 on HBCUBuzz's Top 5 HBCU Bands of 2015, the Human Jukebox of Southern University covered Rich Gang's hit song "Lifestyle" at a game against Central Methodist. As one YouTube commenter wrote, "I like this better than the original song..."

North Carolina A&T - Honda Battle of the Bands (2014)

Each year, Honda's Battle of the Bands showcases the best Black college marching bands from across the nation. Last year marked the first year where an actual winner was declared (by audience text vote), and North Carolina A&T took home the inaugural trophy.

Jackson State Sonic Boom of the South - Halftime Show (2014)

A classic halftime show performance by the "Sonic Boom of the South" at Jackson State's game against FAMU.

Southern University vs. Grambling State - Drumline Battle (2012)

Up close with two of the best drumlines in the country as they go head to head at the Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands in New Orleans.

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The Southern University Jaguars marching band drums major performs during halftime on August 30, 2013 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Houston won 62 to 13.Thomas B. Shea / Getty Images