Queen City BOTB adds famed SWAC band, but will crowd come without A&T?

Will the fans still pack the house without the BGMM?

There are dozens of events billed as “Battle of The Bands” around the country, but the Queen City Battle of The Bands in Charlotte is becoming one of the most anticipated.

The QCBOTB revealed that Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of The South will be the final addition to the August 26th event, which is heading into its fourth year.

The Sonic Boom will join a lineup that includes:

-Alabama State’s Mighty Marching Hornets
-Bethune-Cookman’s Marching Wildcats
North Carolina Central’s Sound Machine
Norfolk State’s Spartan Legion
-Miles College’s Purple Marching Machine
-Talladega College’s Marching Tornadoes
-Tennessee State’s Aristocrat of Bands
Winston-Salem State’s Red Sea of Sound

The event, set to take place in venerable Memorial Stadium in Uptown Charlotte, is a real crowd pleaser that had folks waiting for half an hour as rain poured last year. And produced this now-legendary moment in Gameday history.

The initial buzz of this year’s event was over the fact that North Carolina A&T’s Blue And Gold Marching Machine was not among the lineup. A&T is the de facto home team in Charlotte where it draws a significant portion of its student population and many alumni make their home.

Will the event still be as big without the BGMM? Only time will tell.

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