Photo History




Soulful Sound Marching Band
A Photo History


Cheyney University of Pennsylvania’s Soulful Sound Band was one of four featured marching bands performing in a Battle of the Bands at Franklin Field, in the heart of Philadelphia, on Sunday, Nov. 8th, 2009.

The Battle of the Bands showcased Cheyney University’s Soulful Sound Marching Band competing against Howard University of Washington, D.C.; Morgan State University of Baltimore, Md.; and Lincoln University of Lincoln University, Pa.

The marching spectacular, rescheduled from Oct. 18th due to inclement weather, also included performances by select high school marching bands from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.


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.”

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 Cheyney University Soulful Sound Band led the Annual African American Day Parade on Sunday, September 19, 2010 for the second year. The African American Parade began at 1:00 pm in Harlem, NY on 111th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and ended at 142nd Street.


The Cheyney University Concert Choir & Cheyney University Soulful Marching Band participated in Jackie Robinson Night at the Philadelphia Phillies' Pre-Game Ceremonies on Friday, April 15, 2011 at Citizens Bank Ball Park.

The choir, directed by Marques Garrett, sang the National Anthem, and the Band performed under the direction of Professor Allen Gardner.



Cheyney University Band Director Alan Gardner and the "Soulful Sound" Band started the 2011 school year off with a bang! They opened the football season at the Battle of the Firsts game on Saturday September 3, 2011.

Then the Band performed at the 16th Annual Collegiate Marching Band Festival at J. Birney Crum Stadium, Allentown, PA September 25, 2011.The Band joined over 20 PASSHE university marching bands and other area schools.

On the weekend of September 17, 2011 the Band performed in New York parades on Staten Island and Harlem. Venues included the Black Heritage Family Day Parade on Staten Island on Saturday and the African American Day Parade in Harlem on Sunday.


The Cheyney University "Soulful Sound" Marching Band was featured in The Sixth Annual African American Black Heritage Day Parade in Staten Island, NY this weekend.

Other participants included the Baltimore Steppers, Baltimore Maryland, Soulful Tigers, Approaching Storm Marching Bands, Berean Community Baptist Church Drum Line and the Federation of Black Cowboys all from Brooklyn, New York, Malcolm X Shabazz High School Marching Band, from Newark, N.J. and Pink Diamond Steppers and St. Philips Baptist Church Drum Line from Staten Island.



The CU Soulful Sound Marching Band headed to Allentown, PA, for the 17th Collegiate Marching Band Festival on Saturday September 30, 2012. The Cheyney University band was one of 21 participating bands from colleges throughout Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, Massachusetts and Delaware.

The event was held at J. Birney Crum Stadium, West Linden Street, Allentown, PA 18104 (near the intersection of West Linden & St. Elmo Streets).


The Cheyney University “Soulful Sound” Band Spring Concert on April 30, 2013 had music for every taste. The program included wind ensemble, jazz band, show band, dance, color guard, classical, jazz and hip hop and all were delivered magnificently.

Under the instruction of Professor Allen D. Gardner, Jr., Director, the program opened with three wind ensemble pieces – “Crestwood,” “Praises,” and “In Honor of the Fallen,” a composition written by Barry Milner to thank all of those who have given their lives in service to our great country. The CU Wind Ensemble dedicated the evening’s performance to those who died in recent tragic incidents in Boston, Massachusetts and Newtown, Connecticut as well as to all military and first responders who put their lives on the line in service to others.

“Hymns of Freedom” followed, and featured solos by many of the Band’s musicians. It was composed by Quincy C. Hilliard and commissioned by Allen D. Gardner, Jr. while he was a high school band director. It was made possible by a 2003 Wolf Trap Foundation Scholarship for Performing Arts Teachers.

“Swing Low,” a special recognition of the National Band Directors Consortium of all Historically Black Colleges and Universities, was an upbeat rendition of the well-loved spiritual featuring riffs by the saxophone, drums and trombone of the Concert Band and Consortium Participants, Jamal Byrd, Keith Cherry and Alan Beecham III.

Guest conductor and former Cheyney University Music Director, Dr. George Allen, lead led the audience into “Spring Overture.” Conducted by Dr. Allen, Spring Overture was dedicated to Dr. Allen’s son, David, who passed in March 2013 and “was always in the spring of the year.” The piece was commissioned this year by the Cheyney University Band program for the spring concert. The program included a note of appreciation from Dr. Allen, which indicated it was his first composition for the concert band. One of the movements of the composition featured freshman tenor saxophonist, Caleb Tacuri.



Cheyney University's Soulful Sound Marching Band competed in the 2013-2014 Honda Battle of the Bands September through October 9, 2013.

This year, Honda re-structured the contest so that colleges with smaller bands, such as Cheyney University, had a better chance at making it to the big stage. The final eight bands were chosen through a voting process incorporating online fan votes, band directors, the presidents of HBCU schools and representatives from American Honda.

For the eight participating bands, the journey to the Invitational Showcase involved months of intense practice and training, all in preparation for their Georgia Dome performance, where each band was given 12 action-packed minutes to showcase the musical excellence, distinctive style and superior showmanship that earned them a place in this 2013 Invitational Showcase.


The Cheyney University Soulful Sound Band performed in the Classic drum-line competition at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday December 15, 2013 as part of the legendary Big Apple Classic (BAC).

The BAC was launched as New York’s first ever Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) basketball competition at Madison Square Garden seven years ago (2006). The Classic, regarded as the ultimate family and social event, attracts thousands of alumni, students and fans from across the country to New York to take part in this annual tradition. Originally set in Manhattan, this was the first year that The Classic moved to the arena at the Barclays Center.

The 2013 BAC weekend officially kicked off on Saturday, December 14th with a Leadership Summit and Sports/Entertainment Symposium at the iconic New York Times Building. On Sunday, December 15th, the event moved to Barclays Center. Events there included a college fair featuring over 20 HBCUs, a dynamic step show performance, a drum-line competition and highly-anticipated halftime show plus the basketball games.

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