2021 National Battle of the Bands
The Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands perform at the 2021 National Battle of the Bands at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Image: ZymbalistiK/YouTube

This past weekend, Week 0 of the college football season provided us with a small taste of HBCU football games to carry us over until this weekends’ full slate of games.

However, Saturday’s National Battle of the Bands in Houston showcased a slate of performances from eight HBCU bands, arguably considered among the college marching band elite.

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Bands from Bethune-Cookman, Jackson State, Langston University, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T, Southern University, Talladega College and Tennessee State performed field shows before a crowd in the tens of thousands at NRG Stadium.

Which HBCU band won the 2021 National Battle of the Bands?

Below are videos of each band performance. Take a moment to review the videos and then participate in our poll.


Jackson State


Norfolk State

North Carolina A&T



Tennessee State

This poll will end Thursday (Sept. 2) at 11:59 p.m.


  1. I believe JSU won the battle of the bands competition in Houston. Their drills, music arrangements, creativity, dances were awesome. The j-settes were flawless.

  2. It’s difficult to maintain a solid program year after year ad the JSU Sonic Boom of the South. They are without a doubt the band that others aspire to be. I am proud of all the HBCU schools.

  3. I vote The Green and Gold they was awesome I enjoyed the music 🎢 selection and sync dancing πŸ•ΊπŸΎ πŸ’ƒπŸ½ And steps

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  4. It’s the Green and Gold for me!!! One band not to sleep on. Has a very excellent music staff. And when you see them perform you can just flow with a music and a technicality and how they act when they walk into the building.πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’š

  5. Definitely The World Renowned/International Famed HUMAN JUKEBOX! The precision drill execution was performed to perfection! The musical arrangements were superb! Still producing its classic high performance of maintaining the powerful stereo while marching at an elite level!

  6. NSU Spartan Legion performance was awesome! Their unique style and clean sound did it for me. All the bands were great, HBCU bands take marching bands to a whole different level!

  7. Norfolk really gave what it was supposed to give from Marching the sound to hot πŸ₯΅ ice you can really tell the band been working as one

  8. Norfolk really gave what it was supposed to give from marching to the sound to hot πŸ₯΅ ice you can really tell the band has been working as one

  9. πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’›all day….. Behold the πŸ’šπŸ’› NSU

  10. NSU WAS Awesome as they always are. My vote goes for them. If you know that band you know their dedication and work ethics to being the best.

  11. It’s The Spartan Legion for me!!!! They live up to their hype. β€œLet the heavens resound to their magnificent sound and let EVERY musical measure be a source of auditory pleasure!!”


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