HBCU Bands

Jay Rock and Howard’s Showtime band rocked halftime

‘Anytime I get a call to help my brothers and sisters, I’m here’

The Howard University Showtime Marching Band was determined to give the crowd a homecoming show to remember. And despite rainy weather, the band did exactly that.

Hip-hop artist Jay Rock only heightened the performance.

Jay Rock, in the middle of his 30-city Big Redemption Tour, believed it was important to stop at Howard. He flew from California to Washington, D.C., to participate in several homecoming activities, including the step show and halftime of the Howard vs. South Carolina State football game.

“Anytime I get a call to help my brothers and sisters, I’m here,” Jay Rock said. “I always love to support. I’m on tour and I’m always pushing motivation and inspiration. That’s my No. 1 thing. Even if I’m at my worst time, I love seeing people do good.”

Performing with the band was an offer Jay Rock said he couldn’t turn down. Besides supporting this historically black university, the performance was the first of its kind for him.

“They were one of the hardest bands, and when I heard it, I was like, ‘Man, they’re pretty dope,’ ” Jay Rock said. “And to get a call from them to come out and be part of it means a lot. I was like, ‘I’d love to do that.’ I ain’t never did nothing like this before, and it’s good to try something different.”

The experience, singing “Win” and “King’s Dead” with the Showtime band, was one he won’t soon forget.

“For me to be part of Howard’s homecoming, this is, like, one of the biggest things that comes around, and this is my first time ever being here. I know it’s a lot of great people who graduated from this school, and it just means a lot for them to even think of me, especially coming from where I come from. Who would’ve knew? I appreciate the love and respect.”