BGMM 2016

Blue & Gold Marching Machine

 

North Carolina A&T State University
 Blue & Gold Marching Machine
1601 East Market Street/ Band Center, Greensboro , NC 27411
(336) 334-7776 - Fax (336) 334-7311 

As one of the premier bands in the nation, The Blue and Gold Marching Machine is synonymous with high stepping performances, precise drills, powerful yet melodic sounds and energy! As the premier band of North Carolina and ranking high among the top HBCU Marching Bands, the Blue & Gold Marching Machine of NC A&T State University is a force to be reckoned with! Under the leadership of visionary, Dr. Kenneth Ruff, “The Blue and Gold Machine” brings crowds of fans to their feet year after year. The hard work of band members has lead to numerous recognitions such as winners of the Honda Battle of The Bands, the 2003 Defeat the Beat Champions, official band of the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise, the lead band for the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and a top 10 band as reported by Sports Illustrated. The band performs at a variety of school and community functions and consists of approximately 200 members from very diverse majors and concentrations. The band is an auditioned group.  The audition is open to all students of the university who wish to participate.  The Marching Machine performs different genres of music and incorporates all styles of marching and maneuvering.  The unit is a source of pride for the university and the community. 

Band Program Mission Statement:                                                                                                         The University Band Program uses the art of music as a teaching aid and a tool to strengthen participation in all areas of student life. The program is designed to create an understanding of the diversity in music and culture while preserving and enhancing the history and traditions of the Aggie Bands as goodwill ambassadors and cheerleaders for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Summary of Qualifications

  • 100 years of performance experiences
  • Ranked the best HBCU Band by HBCU Sports (2017)
  • Familiar with all aspects of music performance
  • Versatile with performance venues and music
  • Precise and highly confident members
  • Outstanding discipline within the group

Performance Experiences

Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational

January 2018

Atlanta, Georgia

 

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl                                                     

December 2017

Atlanta, Georgia 

 

Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational                                                                    

January 2017

Atlanta, Georgia

 

Mardi Gras: His Majesty REX Parade 

April 2016 New Orleans, LA

 

Battle for the Crown

August 2016

Greeneville, SC

 

Queen City Battle of the Bands                                                          

August 2016

Charlotte, NC 

 

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl                                                                       

December 2015

Atlanta, GA

 

 Halftime Performance with UNC Band                                                                                  

September 2015

Chapel Hill, NC

 

Battle for the Crown

August 2015

Greeneville, SC

 

Queen City Battle of the Bands                                                          

August 2015

Charlotte, NC

 

Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational                                                                     

January 2015

Atlanta, Georgia

 

Queen City Battle of the Bands                                                          

August 2014

Charlotte, NC

 

Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational                                                                                       

January 2014

Atlanta, Georgia

 

North Carolina Azalea Festival                                                                                           

April 2013

Wilmington, NC

 

Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational                                                                     

January 2013

Atlanta, Georgia

 

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade                                                                                            

November 2012

New York, NY

 

Jimmy N. James Buck Town Classic                                                                  

October 2011

Raeford, NC

 

NASCAR Tums 500                                                                                                          

October2011

Martinsville, VA

 

University of North Carolina President Ross Inauguration                              

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

October 2011

Greensboro, NC

 

National High School High Stepping Marching Band Championship - Exhibition Band                                                       

November 2011

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Carolina Band Brawl                                                                                                               

November 2010

North Carolina A&T State University vs. South Carolina State University

Greensboro, NC

 

Circle City Football Classic                                                                           

October 2010

Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Mid South Battle of the Bands                                                                        

September2010

Regional High School Marching Band Competition - Exhibition Band

Durham, North Carolina

 

Sprite Queen City Battle of the Bands                                                                              

August 2010

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

NASCAR Banking 500                                                                                                      

October2009

Concord, North Carolina

 

Palmetto Invitational Band Classic                                                                                       

September 2009

Charleston, SC 

 

Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational                                                                     

January 2009

Atlanta, Georgia

 

National High School High Stepping  Marching Band Championship - Exhibition Band                                                        

November 2008

Greensboro, North Carolina 

 

6thAnnual Gotham City Invitational                                                                   

October 2008

Fayetteville, North Carolina

 

National High School High Stepping Marching Band Championship - Exhibition Band                                                         

November 2007

Washington, DC

 

Angel City Football Classic                                                                                                     

September 2007

Los Angeles, California

 

ISP: America's Home for College Sports - Homecoming Parade

August 2007

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 

Historically Black College and University Band “Battlefest”        

October 2006

Orangeburg, South Carolina

 

HBCU-NBDC 2ndAnnual Convention                                                                 

April 2006

College Park, Georgia

 

University of North Carolina President Bowles Inauguration                                      

April 2006

University of North Carolina at Greensboro


HBCU All-Star Marching Band                                                          

January 2006

St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Circle City Football Classic

October 2005

Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Band Brawl Battle of the Bands Showcase

September 2005

North Carolina A&T State University vs. Norfolk State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

 

HBCU-NBDC  Band “Battlefest”

2004 & 2005

Norfolk State University - Norfolk, Virgina

 

National High School High Stepping Marching Band Championship - Exhibition Band

November 2004

Washington, DC

 

John Edwards Campaign Rally

October 2004

NC A&T - Greensboro, North Carolina  

 

Band Brawl Battle of the Bands Showcase

October 2004

Norfolk State University - Norfolk, Virginia

 

Palmetto Invitational Band Classic

September 2004

Charleston, South Carolina

 

Defeat the Beat Battle of the Bands- Exhibition Band

August 2004

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Las Vegas Football Classic                                                                                                      

September 2003

Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Aggie-Panther Explosion - Exhibition Band                                                              

September 2003

Morehead High School- Eden, NC

 

Defeat the Beat Battle of the Bands                                                                   

August 2003

Charlotte, North Carolina

      First Place Band and recipient of $25,000.00

      First Place Percussion

      First Place Auxiliary

Participating bands:

Howard University, Washington, DC

Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, FL

Benedict College, Columbia, SC

Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte

 

Mebane Holiday Parade                                                                                      

December 2004,2005,2008,2010,2012,2014,2015,2017

Mebane, North Carolina

 

Greensboro Holiday Parade                                                                         

December 1999 to present

Greensboro, North Carolina                                                                      

 

Atlanta Battle of the Bands- Winner 1993

Atlanta, Georgia

 

North Carolina A&T Home Football Games                               

Fall of each academic school year

Greensboro, North Carolina        

 

Honors & Awards

 

Selected as a Conn-Selmer Partner School

 

Voted as the #1 Band in the nation by HBCUsports.com 

 

Recognized in Urban Sports News as one of 2004 HBCU 10 Best Bands 2004

 

Recognized by Sports Illustrated as a Top 10 Band in the Nation 1993

 

Official Band for the Carolina Panthers Professional Football Team                              

  

Public Service Activities

Campus Outreach Participation

Career Awareness Program Banquet, NC A&T

Founder’s Day Convocation Program, NC A&T

Summit on Blacks in Higher Education (AAHE Black Caucus)

New A&T Logo Unveiling Celebration, NC A&T

School Spirit Rallies, NC A&T

 

Community Outreach Participation

Andrews High School (Back to School Kickoff)

Washington Elementary- Reading Incentive Program Performance

Gillespie Park Elementary- Behavior/ Conduct Incentive Program

Hairston Middle School- Multi-culture Program

Aycock Middle School- Music In Our Schools Month Performance

Partnership with Aycock Middle School –

Using the Arts to Improve Student Behavior and Achievement –

The Formation of A Middle School Drumline

Thanksgiving Dinners – The University Marching Band supplied two families from seven schools in the Guilford County School District with an entire Thanksgiving Dinner boxes in November of 2003, 2004, and 2005.

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