Wassup fellow bandheads, it's that time of year again, with about a week until camp's and training will start. These are some things in wondering about.... Who is the surprise band of the year? What band will be bigger / smaller than anticipated? What band will exceed / under exceed expectations? And what will be the best battle?

I'm not going to do number talk because I know y'all will have insight and photos, but I am on key bands going to provide what I'm looking for and want to see that will help each band.

AAMU: continued growth (especially core brass sections) and diverse arrangements. Damn sure can't wait to see the divas with this captain combo.

JSU: getting back to that awesome 2014 sound and being consistent on the field. Also checking for them jsettes too.

SU: bring some of those power r&b ballads back, also will be watching them gorgeous dolls too.

Alcorn: don't try to out jsu jsu and don't try to su su, because y'all cats are brewing something special

Bama state: musicianship and stability is key

Txsu: sneaky band that I would like to see get back to that 2006 year. I must say I can't wait for the match up with aamu this year.

Grambling: continuity and arrangements

Pvamu: consistency I like what y'all are working with, let's diversify song choice too. More r&b

Bcu: keep being you, I need more uptempo selections

Famu: I'm still waiting on old famu to reach the new generation but you guys are on your way I would love to see more exposure and more aggressiveness.

Ncat: nothing musically but i want to see more production in the stands to match what, bcu and famu give us. Also if like to see you guys branch out and play a swac team in an home and home series

Tnst: same with aamu steady growth and diverse arrangements, I love y'all too, very all around band.

Miles: (y'all aren't sneaking up on me, the swac equivalent to alcorn)

Share them photos and preseason sneak clips y'all!!!

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Got you. I was unclear on your statement. 

Last_outlaw said:

Lawd, the point I'm making is that I rather them go to AAMU but I feel like had JSU been on the schedule they would have went there (insert too)!

J_AAMU said:

So why you don't want them to travel to AAMU?

Last_outlaw said:

Not that I don't want them to, but had JSU been on the schedule they probably would have traveled their instead of AAMU.

SonicBoomProductions said:

Why you don't Txsu to meet Jsu

Man, you hit it on the head. That's what I've been trying to say. There is a way to maximize a band's sound without sacrificing quality. There are more ways to skin a cat and just because a band's focus is on power, does not mean that they all have to sound alike. Take for instance the old Morris Brown and Southern. Even though MB used to play Southern songs, they sounded a little different sonically.

In regards to field shows, the HBCU's band is the primary marketing piece for sponsors and students. With the rise of social media, you cannot afford to look sloppy on the field and put boring shows. If taking the time to put on a good show will sacrifice music time, then one will have to make that decision.



ProfBrown said:

Each band has a system in place.  We all know and have known for years some systems that work better than others.  Power seems to be the dominant force, and utilizing it doesn't mean you have sound like another band either.  As it relates to fan pandemonium, drill accuracy and public relations; I'd like to see each band reformat their practice schedule to maximize this as butts in seats equates to the ability to attract more potential donors and students to the University.  Now the end of those days of sloppy drills, missing ranks, and low leg lifts.  Musical errors also need to stop, intonation should not be scarified and all come down to your warm up. Some bands use chorales, others use scales studies/arpeggios, some use marches, one uses them all, including 6-7 marches each year (endurance).  If you aren't using them all, then God Bless you.  

I hope that every band is the best band they can be this year, otherwise I know for sure I won't be watching you in person or anywhere else.  The world wants to see the best and if you aren't the best then go practice. Imitate yourself, but musically listen to your band directors please, then crank up outside of practice if that's what you have to do to be prepared for the big game.

I agree evryband has s different philosophy, it's all about how you maximize your band and musicianship

hrocket said:

Man, you hit it on the head. That's what I've been trying to say. There is a way to maximize a band's sound without sacrificing quality. There are more ways to skin a cat and just because a band's focus is on power, does not mean that they all have to sound alike. Take for instance the old Morris Brown and Southern. Even though MB used to play Southern songs, they sounded a little different sonically.

In regards to field shows, the HBCU's band is the primary marketing piece for sponsors and students. With the rise of social media, you cannot afford to look sloppy on the field and put boring shows. If taking the time to put on a good show will sacrifice music time, then one will have to make that decision.



ProfBrown said:

Each band has a system in place.  We all know and have known for years some systems that work better than others.  Power seems to be the dominant force, and utilizing it doesn't mean you have sound like another band either.  As it relates to fan pandemonium, drill accuracy and public relations; I'd like to see each band reformat their practice schedule to maximize this as butts in seats equates to the ability to attract more potential donors and students to the University.  Now the end of those days of sloppy drills, missing ranks, and low leg lifts.  Musical errors also need to stop, intonation should not be scarified and all come down to your warm up. Some bands use chorales, others use scales studies/arpeggios, some use marches, one uses them all, including 6-7 marches each year (endurance).  If you aren't using them all, then God Bless you.  

I hope that every band is the best band they can be this year, otherwise I know for sure I won't be watching you in person or anywhere else.  The world wants to see the best and if you aren't the best then go practice. Imitate yourself, but musically listen to your band directors please, then crank up outside of practice if that's what you have to do to be prepared for the big game.

When does everyone's band camp start?
Jsu's Freshman report Aug.7th Merge is Aug.20th

AAMU freshman and upperclassmen report today.

Txsu reported yesterday
I wish the Boom would report earlier so they could gel faster and blend all the instruments

Man I hope my ocean went out and got a nicr freshmen class that came in...please band gods hear my prayers please

Yea I jus seen dat ig pic, if they are brass heavy we should b good as long as a lot of freshmen dont drop out and we can retain a large portion of upperclassmen we look like we can be that 200 plus piece ocean band that everyone has been wanting for a min now...

I agree, smaller JSU bands are much better than the larger ones. I find them to focus more on aggression and all there are less horn holders.

Txsu got the best trumpet player in Michigan

2k2 mello said:

Man I hope my ocean went out and got a nicr freshmen class that came in...please band gods hear my prayers please

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