The best and most popular college bands are not only able to put on an impressive show, but they are able to get the crowd excited and ready for the competition ahead. For schools with some of the best college bands, the football games start when the band walks on the field. There are many popular college bands, but below we have gathered some of what we feel are the Top 5 Most Popular College Bands in the Country.
1. Louisiana State University – “The Golden Band from Tigerland” has a closed membership comprised of 325 students. Though members must possess a great amount of musical talent, around 80 percent of the band’s members are majoring in something outside of music. LSU’s marching band has been recognized nationally by the John Philip Sousa Foundation and performs at all of the home football games, bowl games and occasional away games.
2. University of Southern California – “The Spirit of Troy” has over 300 student members from majors all across campus. This college band is the only one with two platinum records and it has performed with a multitude of celebrities including Diana Ross, Radiohead and Michael Jackson. USC’s band has also performed at every home and away game for the Trojan football team since 1987.
3. Texas A&M University – “The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band” is the largest military marching band in the United States. With over 300 members it is widely known for its precise formations and strict guidelines as it operates under the Corps of Cadets. Members of the band must have had high school marching band experience, as well as pass an audition in front of one of the band’s directors. In 2001 the band received the Sudler Trophy from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
4. University of Tennessee – “The Pride of the Southland” has 330 members that perform weekly at Neyland Stadium in front of audiences of up to 108,000. The band has appeared in over 40 bowl games and has been at the last 12 Presidential Inaugurations. It was founded in 1869 and is known nationally for its athleticism and impeccable performances.
5. Ohio State University – “The Spirit and Sound of OSU” was started in 1878. It is one of the few all-percussion and brass bands in the United States and might even be the biggest of its kind in the world. The band has been awarded the Sudler Trophy and has received special honors from the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives. The band tries to bring something new to every performance and it plays at each OSU home football game, as well as select away games.