The Best of the Best in the Stands
Some of the best Division I college basketball teams also happen to have an incredible support system behind them; and we aren’t just talking about the fans. From cheers, stand tunes, and music that is each school has sung for years, the university pep bands play a crucial role when it comes to creating the family friendly atmosphere at home matches. Here is a look at the top five college basketball pep bands.
No. 1 Purdue University “All American” Band
With three separate pep bands called the “Gold and Black Sound,” “Boiler Brass,” and the “Boiler Box Band,” Purdue is able to produce an experience unlike any other for their fans. Not only do the basketball players baffle their fans on the court with skill, but the band does the same in the stands with game day cheers and tunes that everyone can sing along too. As the main source of auxiliary entertainment, the band program never misses a game or beat when it comes to bringing excitement to the match up.
No. 2 University of South California Spirit of Troy Band
Also known as the Trojan Band, these incredible musicians after the intense fall marching season perform at many home sporting events. What’s neat about this group of talented individuals is when they aren’t cheering for their school team, you can actually rent out the entire band program for special events! Talk about dedication and love for what they do. This season is the Trojan’s first being under the direction of a female drum major in program history and she has done a great job so far!
No. 3 Ohio State University Band
This college all-brass and percussion band performs top choice music and provides excellent vials to go along with their impressive stand appearance. While being one of the few bands like this in the country, they are perhaps the largest of their kind in the world. The band didn’t earn the title “Best Damn Band in the Land” for nothing! You can also hire out the athletic pep bands for various events as well. Ranging from 250 to 300 participants a semester, the pep band is always growing in various ways.
No. 4 University of Tennessee Pride of the Southland Band
With a 340-member sound that demonstrates pride and energizes the fans around them, UT is recognized as one of the most prestigious collegiate bands in the United States. Celebrating 150 years of their program, the “Orange and White” and “White” pep bands offer an experience for fans that strives in tradition and excitement. A limited student roster of 15 members performs during each game, but the sound they produce seem like there are a lot more instruments.
No 5. Auburn University Band
Priding themselves on their visual performance, the “Orange” and “Blue” bands consist of elite brass and percussion musicians who perform at both men and women’s basketball matches. As a member of the Southeastern Conference, the pep band performs at home, away, and and post-season tournament matches throughout each season. This group of performers is by far one of the most appealing to watch with their quick horn flicks, steady rhythms, and booming sound which can be heard in all areas of a basketball stadium
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