HBCU Band of the Year 2013
Jackson State University hosted the 3rd Annual National Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Media Summit June 27-29 at the Student Center.
One of the events of the summit was the HBCU Awards programs, which acknowledged and celebrated the achievements of historically black colleges and universities throughout the United States. Crowning winners in the fields of leadership, arts, athletics, research, and community engagement, the HBCU Awards presentation is the first and only event to recognize the influence and impact of HBCUs on American culture. At this year’s awards program, Jackson State won two awards: Best Marching Band (JSU Sonic Boom) and Best Male Athlete (Anaso Jobodwana).
About the "Sonic Boom"
The “Sonic Boom” Marching Band has performed many halftime appearances for the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Cincinnati Bengals; a television special for Motown’s 30th Anniversary and the 34th NAACP Image Awards, with a special guest performance by “Cedric the Entertainer.” The band is a favored entry in halftime performances during football season as well as for parades across Mississippi and in other states. The Jackson State University Marching Band was dubbed The Sonic Boom of the South in 1971 by students in the band.