Week 4 marked the beginning of conference play for most college football programs throughout the nation, which means the games will likely be a little more intense with so much more riding on the line with the hope of playing in the postseason.

The same applies to the HBCU bands that show up for these games as well.

Halftime performances become a little more intense – as was the case for one band showing class and respect for a departed band legend – with schools having no problem in putting the gloves on to throw direct blows at their musical rivals.

Here are the top five HBCU band halftime shows from Week 4.

5. Hampton (vs. Monmouth)
Performed at Armstrong Stadium, Hampton, Va.

4. Jackson State (vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff)
Performed at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, Jackson, Miss.

3. Texas Southern (vs. Alabama A&M)
Performed at Louis Crews Stadium, Huntsville, Ala.

2. Prairie View A&M (Special Appearance)
Performed at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, Round Rock, Texas

1. Southern (vs. Alcorn State)
Performed at Jack Spinks Stadium, Lorman, Miss.


  1. I still fail to understand who determine, and what basis does the evaluating of what band was the best. I am one of Samuel Griffin original Bandmens from the very first year he was selected to be band Director at Alcorn, a freshman tuba player. GRIFF change how HBCU bands perform. Most HBCU Bands copied the style of the SOD, which is funky. Well one thing for sure we’re going to be football champs again this year


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