Cheyney University Soulful Sound Marching Band wins Outstanding Performance

November 11, 2009

CU Soulful Sound Marching Band with Winning Trophy

CU Soulful Sound Marching Band with Winning Trophy

CHEYNEY, PA (Nov. 9, 2009) — Cheyney University of Pennsylvania’s Soulful Sound Band received many accolades after their show-stopping performance at the Battle of Bands at Franklin Field on Sunday, Nov. 8.

The marching band received a trophy for their “Outstanding Performance” which showcased a tribute to the late Pop-Icon Michael Jackson featuring the ever-talented Auxiliary Section, Color Guard and Dancers.

Cheyney University Director of Bands Professor Gardner said, “This was one of our best performances. I am so proud of our kids. It is the best we ever sounded. We received a lot of positive feedback and it stirred up some interest with potential students from the area high schools.”

The song selections were framed with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff songs. Professor Allen Gardner said, “The band sounded great when they performed the Gamble and Huff’s Sound of Philadelphia. And they executed the drill with precision.”

CU Band Colorguard DancersThe crowd was very supportive as they cheered along to the toe-tapping sounds from the largest band since its recent re-establishment in almost 20 years. The riveting performance concluded with “When Will I See You Again” by The Three Degrees.

The multi-faceted band’s exciting routine included a medley of Hip-Hop favorites which inspired the crowd to participate with their best dance moves.

This showcase of high school and universities from the tri-state area was sponsored by the Youth Education in the Arts. Other participating schools included: Charles Herbert Flowers High School of Maryland, Ramapo and Spring Valley Marching Band of New York, Howard University of Washington, D.C.

The event was hosted by Eddie F and Shamara from Power 99FM and Patty Jackson from WDAS-FM.

About Youth Education in the Arts:
Youth Education in the Arts, based in Allentown, Pa., is a not-for-profit organization, which supports the development of young people into magnificent human beings through participation in the arts. Among its programs are the Nine Time World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, the US Scholastic Band Association, Music is Cool, YEA! Leadership Clinics, and several community initiatives, YEA! works to create the best experience for members, supporters, and fans of marching music and pageantry events.

About Cheyney University
Cheyney University is the nation’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education. It is also the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE.) Now celebrating its 26th year, PASSHE comprises Pennsylvania’s 14 public universities, with a combined enrollment of more than 112,500, making it the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. At its inception, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania successfully provided free classical education for qualified young people, and today the university offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 disciplines and six master’s degree programs. For more information, please visit the website at