HBCU marching bands and their directors create pathways to higher education for Black youth
Posted By: Adrian Barnes on April 29, 2019 |
Using performance as one aspect of recruitment, HBCU marching bands demonstrate flashy moves, perform popular tunes, and exhibit exciting halftime shows that blend, “musicality, pageantry, and theatrics,” capable of attracting many African American high school students to their institutions (Lewis, 2003). Further, institutions such as Florida A&M University (FAMU), whose marching band is considered by Malone (1990) as one of the oldest HBCU marching bands, has a history of recruiting large numbers of African Americans/Blacks within their marching band with the intent of putting more young men and women of color into the pipeline of higher education.
While this is true of HBCU marching bands and their directors minimal studies exist, which demonstrate the power of HBCU marching bands and their directors to act as "Institutional agents" who assist in helping more Blacks gain access to higher education.
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