ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings

Bethune-Cookman, Miles College top the band rankings again

N.C. A&T very close to Marching Wildcats in Division I; Elizabeth City State makes big move up in Division II poll

Here are the newest ESPN/The Undefeated Band Rankings for the Oct. 1-14 judging period, the third installment this season.

Bethune-Cookman regains the top position in the Division I rankings, and for the second straight Division II ranking, the Miles College Purple Marching Machine is No. 1. North Carolina A&T Blue and Gold Marching Machine, which had been the top Division I band, is now No. 2.

Competition at the top of the rankings is fierce. Only three points separated the top two Division I bands.

“What makes our rankings so credible and unique is that the adjudicators never adjudicate the same area consecutively,” said Don P. Roberts, executive consultant for the ESPN/The Undefeated ranking committee. “Therefore, a band that continues to make the Top 10 should feel really good about their progress because they are consistently ranked as one of the top programs by a different set of eyes and ears.

“Unlike football, our rankings are based on individual performances and not a full body of work over the course of the season. If you were unranked one week, you can jump to No. 1 in one ranking.”

Bethune-Cookman University

Norfolk State University

Jackson State University

Top 10 HBCU Division I Bands

Overall Rank Drum Major Drill Design Musicality Percussion Auxiliary
1. +1 Bethune-Cookman 4. 1. 1. 6. 10.
2. -1 North Carolina A&T 9. 3. 2. 1. 3.
3. +1 Jackson State 3. 5. 4. 5. 2.
4. +4 Norfolk State 2. 7. 7. 2. 5.
5. +1 Southern 18. 2. 3. 3. 17.
6. +1 Prairie View A&M 1. 15. 8. 4. 7.
7. -2 Tennessee State 15. 4. 5. 7. 19.
8. -5 Alabama A&M 14. 6. 11. 11. 14.
9. Alabama State 8. 20. 14. 12. 1.
10. Uni. Arkansas at Pine Bluff 10. 11. 9. 8. 22.

Drum Major

  1. Prairie View A&M
  2. Norfolk State
  3. Jackson State
  4. Bethune-Cookman
  5. Alcorn State

Drill and Design

  1. Bethune-Cookman
  2. Southern
  3. North Carolina A&T
  4. Tennessee State
  5. Jackson State

Musicality

  1. Bethune-Cookman
  2. North Carolina A&T
  3. Southern
  4. Jackson State
  5. Tennessee State

Percussion

  1. North Carolina A&T
  2. Norfolk State
  3. Southern
  4. Prairie View A&M
  5. Jackson State

Auxiliaries

  1. Alabama State
  2. Jackson State
  3. North Carolina A&T
  4. South Carolina State
  5. Norfolk State

Miles College

Central State University

Langston University

Top 10 HBCU Division II Bands

Overall Rank Drum Major Drill Design Musicality Percussion Auxiliary
1. Miles 11. 1. 1. 3. 8.
2. Virginia State 13. 6. 2. 1. 10.
3. +4 Talladega 12. 4. 5. 5. 6.
4. +6 Elizabeth City State 5. 3. 11. 4. 12.
5. Central State 18. 5. 7. 2. 5.
6. -3 Benedict 9. 2. 8. 8. 18.
7. +1 Morehouse 7. 8. 15. 14. 3.
8. Fort Valley State 4. 9. 6. 7. 19.
9. Langston 2. 12. 12. 10. 2.
10. -6 Winston-Salem State 14. 10. 3. 11. 16.

Drum Major

  1. Lane
  2. Langston
  3. Clark Atlanta
  4. Fort Valley State
  5. Elizabeth City State

Drill and Design

  1. Miles
  2. Benedict
  3. Elizabeth City State
  4. Talladega
  5. Central State

Musicality

  1. Miles
  2. Virginia State
  3. Winston-Salem State
  4. Edward Waters
  5. Talladega

Percussion

  1. Virginia State
  2. Central State
  3. Miles
  4. Elizabeth City State
  5. Talladega

Auxiliaries

  1. Albany State
  2. Langston
  3. Morehouse
  4. Virginia Union
  5. Central State

Band judging criteria

Drum Major: Conducting, baton carriage, utilization of space, marching technique, accuracy and definition, style, and discipline.

Drill and Design: Intervals and spacing; creativity; marching style; precision in timing, definition of patterns, showmanship, instrument carriage and showmanship.

Musicality: Tone, intonation, balance, technique, consistency of style, interpretation and musical effect.

Percussion: Rudimental excellence, general appearance, showmanship, technique/stick control, drill execution, style consistency and discipline.

Auxiliaries: Dance/flag routine, baton/flag carriage, utilization of space, marching/strut technique, uniform, style and more.