HBCU Campaign Fund organization celebrates marching bands of HBCUs during  the month of March in part of its annual HBCU Bands Celebration Month. During the month, HCF will reflect on the moment to recognize marching bands of HBCUs for their hard work and dedication in arranging music and performing on and off the field.

HCF asks for participation in posting pictures and videos of your favorite HBCU marching band on social media using the hashtag #HBCUBandsCelebrationMonth.


Celebrating Jackson State University‘s Sonic Boom of the South:

It all began in the 1940s consisting of college students and students from Lanier High School. Through the years it has become known for intricate, precision marching and the big band sound. The “Sonic Boom” which was given by band director Harold J. Haughton, Sr. in 1971, has performed many halftime appearances for the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals; a television special for Motown’s 30th Anniversary and the 34th NAACP Image Awards, with a special guest performance by “Cedric the Entertainer.” The band is a favored entry in halftime performances during football season as well as for parades across Mississippi and in other states. The Jackson States University Marching Band was dubbed The South Boom of the South in 1971 by students in the band. In 1974, the band’s theme “Get Ready,” an old Motown favorite was selected and three years after that, the “Tiger Run-On” was perfected. The “Tiger Run-On” is a fast, eye-catching shuffle that blends an adagio step with an up-tempo shuffle, then back to adagio-a “Sonic Boom” trademark that brings fans to their feet during halftime performances.

Let’s rewind and reflect on the Sonic Boom of the South performance at the 34th NAACP Image Awards with special guest performance by Cedric the Entertainer below.

To nominate your  HBCU marching band to be featured with providing of pictures, videos or history facts, you may do so by sending a e-mail to support@hbcucampaignfund.org.



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