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The Main Event: The best collegiate bands

By JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, Modified: September 20, 2009 at 10:42 pm •  Published: September 20, 2009

1. Ohio State: No band has a more recognizable signature — the script "Ohio" with the dotting of the "I" — and that paired with the Buckeye band's precision style makes it stand above the rest.

2. Florida A&M: Don't let the name "Marching 100" fool you. This is one of America's largest bands with more than 400 members. It is also one of the most imitated. Many common marching techniques started at FAMU.

3. Texas A&M: Some say the Aggie band is boring, doing the same things year after year. Thing is, this band takes something unbelievably difficult and makes it look easy. The Aggies' military precision is mesmerizing.

4. Florida State: Maybe it's the Seminole on the horse with the flaming spear. Maybe it's the "War Chant." Maybe it's the 400-plus members. But the Marching Chiefs are big and bold and one of the best.

5. Grambling: The Tiger Band performed the halftime show at the very first Super Bowl. What made this show band stand out then makes it shine still. Once the show starts, this bunch neither slows down nor stops.

6. Southern Cal: Sunglasses and high knees. Need we say more?

7. Michigan State: The Spartan band started before the football team.

8. Southern: Known as the Human Juke Box, this band gets down.

9. Tennessee: The band's "Power T" formation is a signature tradition.

10. Jackson State: Sonic Boom of the South known for fast-paced run-on.