Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands are often big draws at football games for students, fans and alumni. The Prairie View A&M University group will be featured in a new documentary series on The CW.
March, which premiered on Monday, offers an in-depth look into the “colorful, loud and competitive world of HBCU group culture.” The eight-part series will focus on the members and leaders of Prairie View A&M University’s acclaimed marching band, The Marching Storm, and its enduring history.
Viewers will be able to see the inner workings of The Marching Storm from the perspective of the musicians, drum majors, flag crew and dancers as they try to balance their school course loads, maintain a level high and working to make The Marching Storm one of the highest rated HBCU bands in America.
Other HBCU marching bands were in the running to be the docuseries’ featured band. After a process of more than two years, Prairie View became the school that would be the focal point of Marchaccording to NBC 2 Click Houston.
Tim Zacherydirector of bands at Prairie View, said he was thrilled to see The Marching Storm triumph against other high-profile HBCU marching bands.
“We have reached the top. As a group and as a staff, we do it better than anyone,” Zachery said.
In an HBCU Sports poll of Best Band of the Year, Prairie View A&M was voted only fourth best in 2021. North Carolina A&T’s Blue and Gold Marching Band was voted best with over 50% of the vote. Alabama State University and Southern University and A&M College are second and third respectively.
March will also show clips of The Marching Storm indulging in some of their gripping performances, including at Prairie View A&M’s homecoming and against games at Southern University and Texas A&M. The series will also focus on the stories of individual band members.
Band members featured in the series include drum major Jalen McCurtis-Henry and dancer Shelbi Durand.
“I’m excited to show the world what the storm brings,” McCurtis-Henry said.
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