Cheyney University "Soulful Sound" Marching Band

 Cheyney University "Soulful Sound" Marching Band

The Cheyney University band program was re-established in 2005 with the assistance of a very talented, enthusiastic, and determined group of students. In the past three years we have been involved in a wonderful journey.

The Director of Bands at Cheyney University, Professor Allen Gardner, developed a rich and rigorous environment for music majors and non-music majors to grow aesthetically through preparation, musical instruction, and performance. Students are given the opportunity to achieve the program’s goal to “educate,” “elevate,” and “entertain” themselves and various audiences through the variety of venues available to University band participants. We call these three goals “The Three E’s”.

The multifaceted Cheyney University Band Program’s primary function is to serve Cheyney University and the surrounding community through its various subcomponents, i.e., ensembles. These ensembles that will make up the Cheyney University Band Program, are the marching band, pep band, concert band, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, woodwind ensemble, and the brass ensemble.


  • To be utilized as a vehicle to recruit musically gifted high academic achievers who have varied interests in the many majors offered by Cheyney University
  • To create a rich and rigorous learning environment for music participants, majors, and educators
  • To perform as a public relations component for Cheyney University
  • To boost school moral and spirit through musical services to the University functions, athletic events, and the surrounding community activities.
  • To perform the following ceremonial music at home football and basketball games and other events such as Founder’s Day etc…: “Star Spangled Banner”, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, and the Alma Mater. In addition to performing, uplifting prelude music, postlude during timeouts.


Although we had a humble beginning, the Cheyney University Band Program has had an active concert band, jazz band, jazz combo, and marching band. The Cheyney University Band Program has had many highlights in its neophyte stage of development. We have completed three seasons of actively supporting the athletic department’s football and basketball teams; hosted a jazz concert with the world renowned Howard University Jazz Ensemble; and performed on a concert which featured the world premier of “Winter People…Summer People,” a composition by Dr. George Allen. Additionally, we have the fulfilled numerous university and community responsibilities, including performances for the Philadelphia Public School Systems’ College Fair and the “Toys for the Homeless Parade” in Greenbelt, Maryland. This year the Cheyney University Marching Band performed in its’ first football classic in over twenty years. The classic was hosted by Central State University in Ohio.

Our marching band uniforms have arrived just in time to outfit the Cheyney University “Soulful Sound Band” for a new season.

In addition to being a new member of the “Honda Battle of The Bands Tour this year has been an exciting season full of performances.

The Wade Wilson Classic “HBCU Battle of the Bands”
The Northern Exposure Battle of The Bands versus Lincoln University
The 13th Annual collegiate Band Showcase Featuring twenty other collegiate bands*
The aforementioned are just some of the highlights of performances for the school year 2008-2009. If would like more information on our performance schedule, or have an interest in joining the Cheyney University Band, please contact the Director of Bands, Professor Allen Gardner. W(610) 399-2153 and c(302) 276-5734;,

The Cheyney University Band and school is committed to the success of each and every students.