Jackson State Sonic Boom

HBCU marching bands featured in inaugural celebration

A total of eight historically black colleges and universities will participate in “We Are One,” a virtual celebration of the Biden inaugural.

A total of six HBCU marching bands will participate in the We Are One virtual event celebrating the diversity of America in advance of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is also slated to speak.

We Are One will stream live on Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. CST at and on Urban One, HBCU Grad, NowThis, Revolt TV, The Source, The Shade Room, BET, The Grio TV, Daily Kos, Watch The Yard, Blavity, and on NBC Peacock TV — on The Choice, which is Peacock’s free, exclusive news channel.

“We Are One,” hosted by NC A&T alumnus Terrence J. will honor the Black community and African Diaspora through powerful speakers, inspiring stories and musical entertainment.

“We are incredibly honored that the Sonic Boom was asked to join in such a historic occasion. This is a significant opportunity and unforgettable moment for our students in the band program, said Thomas K. Hudson, president of Jackson State University in a statement. “We are truly proud of the work they do on and off the field, and this special performance is a reflection of their commitment to their craft.”

“Being invited to participate in the virtual inauguration activities for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed upon our program,” said Dr. Roderick Little, assistant professor of music and director of bands.

“This is a historical mark in the history of civilization, and our students get to partake in this event and be immortalized in the storybook of this great nation. I’d like to give thanks to President Hudson and his administrative team for their support, University Communications, and also the entire JSU Band staff for their role in preparing our students,” he said.

Howard University announced on Monday its Showtime Marching Band will accompany Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris in Wednesday’s ceremonies.

Click for a full list of participants, including the HBCU marching bands, go to Page Two.

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HBCU marching bands featured in inaugural celebration
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