The Howard University "Showtime" Marching Band
For over 140 years, Howard University has displayed superiority in nurturing and developing the best professional men and women around the globe. The Mecca now boasts excellence in the performance of its marching band - The Howard University “Showtime” Marching Band. Currently under the leadership of Director of Bands, John Newson, and Associate Director of Bands, Kelvin Washington, the “Showtime” band has made a name for itself as one of the premier Marching Bands in the country.
Known for its stellar stereophonic sound, kaleidoscopic precision drills, star-quality vocalists and dazzling dynamic dance routines, the “Showtime” Band is the mainstay of a diverse and ever expanding population at Howard. One hundred and fifty members strong, “Showtime” is the largest student organization and holds the distinction of being the "spirit of the University." Membership is not limited to music majors; it is open to all disciplines. Scholarships are offered on the basis of departmental need, overall ability of the student and availability of funds. The diverse repertoire in the marching band includes traditional and contemporary literature. Students of all ranks join the band and their majors range from Biology to Sociology while Music majors make up less than 20 percent of the band.
The “Showtime” Band performs at all home football contests. In addition to performances at Howard, “Showtime” has a travel schedule that has included performances at numerous NFL games including: the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Baltimore Ravens, to name a few. These performances have receive both national and international attention invitations were extended to participate in the 1990 Shrewsbury Music Festival in London, England, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York, Bermuda Day festivities in Bermuda, and the 56th Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama.