North Carolina A&T

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Band Name

Blue and Gold Marching Machine


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Band Director

Dr. Kenneth Ruff

School President

Dr. Harold L. Martin, Sr.

Band Bio

As North Carolina’s premier band and one of the highest-ranked HBCU marching bands in the nation, the Blue and Gold Marching Machine of NC A&T State University is a force to be reckoned with! Under the visionary leadership of Dr. Kenneth Ruff, “The Machine” brings crowds of fans to their feet year after year. The hard work of its members has brought the band numerous accolades, including the 2003 Defeat the Beat championship; recognition as the official band of the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise; lead band at the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City; and a top-10 ranking on Sports Illustrated’s list of best marching bands. The band performs at a variety of school and community functions and has approximately 200 members with diverse majors and concentrations.

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