Beyond the Fifth Quarter: The Influence of HBCU Marching Bands

  • Yulanda Essoka


Music matters. Soulful rhythmic beats have a long, significant lineage in Black culture—both spiritually and secularly. For years, song has been used by Blacks to worship, soothe, stir, celebrate, and entertain. The aesthetics of music has inspired people to move in various fora, both holy and worldly, by swaying and handclapping in church, dancing in the club, or high-stepping on the football field. This chapter will focus on the latter—the linkage between music and dance in the form of marching bands at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


Graduation Rate Black College Visible Rhythm Band Member Historically Black College 
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