I can’t believe we are already done with week 6 of the marching season. By this time, bands should be in prime form. If you don’t have your stuff together by now…..
…at any rate, I would like to share my picks for my favorite songs of the 2015-16 marching season (so far).
This is NOT in rank order.
Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N Roses (performed by Southern)
I love it when HBCU bands play outside of Top 40/Hip-Hop.
Southern has had some good and bad spots this season, but they continue to innovate in their song selection, and I am here for it! You cant tell me you didn’t think of the opening credits in Lean on Me when you heard this song. Or maybe it’s just me.
Nas f/Lauryn Hill – If I Ruled the World (performed by Southern)
Yeah, Southern has 2 songs on my list. I gotta give credit where it’s due. I think this replaces Nobody Does it Better as my official “SU crank in the car” song. I may or may not have listened to this several times today before posting this blog entry. I may or may not have made the stank face when the percussion dropped out.
Snoop Dogg – Gin and Juice (performed by Tennessee State)
Also a good crank in the car song. Tennessee State has always been a consistent program but they are giving me all I want this season.
Foxy Brown/Spragga Benz – Oh Yeah (performed by Jackson State)
I used to love this song by Foxy Brown back in the day on the bassline alone, and Jackson’s tubas definitely deliver.
Taylor Swift– Bad Blood (performed by Alcorn State)
I find that Alcorn State does not get a lot of love in the HBCU band world. Some see them as inconsistent, but every time I’ve seen them live, they have been good. Anyway, I never thought I would see a HBCU band play a Taylor Swift song, then again, I think of that year everybody was playing Toxic by Britney Spears…but I digress……
This Could be Us – Rae Sremmurd (performed by Miles)
I do like this arrangement. They went a little crazy on the sousaphone part, but overall, it cranks.
What are your favorite songs this season so far? Let me know in the comments.