Happy Marching Music Day, also known as Marching Band Day. As you know, I believe that  Marching Bands are an essential part of football season. For some colleges and universities, it is the only reason why people show up to the game.

The Marching Band life is incredible. It is a full-on commitment that transforms you. You build lifelong friendships through your marching band experiences. Honestly, I don’t know where I would be without music.

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At the end of 2020, I asked you all who was your favorite high school marching band in West Alabama. You guys showed so much local love for the high schools. Click here to see the full list. Gordo led the way with 41.7% of the votes! Followed by Brookwood with 38.27%.

Since we found the best high school marching band, I had to get the scoop on the best college marching band programs in the Yellowhammer state. Last week, I kicked off a poll to find out who had the best college or university marching band in Alabama. The schools included in the survey were as follows:

Alabama A&M University

Alabama State University

Auburn University

Concordia College

Faulkner University

Huntingdon College

Jacksonville State University

Miles College

Samford University

Stillman College

Talladega College

Troy University

Tuskegee University

The University of Alabama

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of South Alabama

The University of North Alabama

The University of West Alabama

Here are the results.

Congratulations to the University of Alabama. They came in the top spot with 57.15% of the votes!

Also major kudos to Alabama State University coming in #2 with 17.86% of the votes.

So excited to see that Alabama A&M came in #3 with 16.07% of the votes!

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