It’s been an extraordinary first half of the 2015 HBCU marching band season with a number of notable performances that have gone viral on YouTube.

The Sounds of Dyn-O-mite received a standing ovation in Atlanta, the World Fame got some California love in Berkeley, while the Human Jukebox made headlines with its performance in Athens, Ga.

Talladega’s Tornado Marching Band traveled to Baton Rouge to battle with the Jukes, the Blue and Gold Marching Machine collaborated with the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, and the Marching 100 went head-to-head with the Marching 101 in a Thursday night showdown in Orangeburg.

And as one would — or should — expect, there has been a change in the rankings since HBCU Sports published its preseason top 15 poll.

Here are the midseason rankings of the HBCU Sports Top 15 HBCU Marching Bands in America.

Midseason Rankings: The Top 15 HBCU Marching Bands In America

 Rank School Previous Rank
1 Southern 1
2 Bethune-Cookman 3
3 North Carolina A&T 2
4 Jackson State 4
5 Alabama A&M 8
6 Florida A&M 9
7 Tennessee State 5
8 Grambling 11
9 Alcorn State 12
10 Alabama State 10
11 Miles College 14
12 South Carolina State 7
13 Talladega College 15
14 Prairie View A&M NR
15 Morgan State NR

In January we will announce the HBCU Sports Band of the Year.


  1. Who does the voting and is that person an actual musician or just a random band fan that thinks dancing and playing loud equals a good band? Just saying

  2. This is something we stopped posting on our site in years past because unless there are judges giving point based on categories…. it is more about who posts more or who votes more as opposed to what band is really the best from week to week.

  3. You should have 2 categories; large school/band and smaller school/band. ie. Most of the schools listed are state schools which have a different funding base and larger student population. Smaller schools just don’t have tge resources. Tgat is why they state schools play in Div I sports while the smaller schools play sports in Div II.


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