UNT's Green Brigade Marching Band has been named the No. 1 "Best Damn Band in the Land" by Bleacher Report, a national sports website that compiled a list of the nation's 25 best college marching bands.
The 320-member Green Brigade Marching Band performs at various athletic events and marching competitions throughout the year and releases a CD of season highlights every two years.
"I'm extremely excited to see this recognition for many reasons," says Nicholas E. Williams, director of the band. "The main reason being that it shines a light on what the marching band students do for each other, the university and the College of Music. The band kids work at a consistent high level year round. As the students have said to me about this honor, 'This is cool.'"
The Green Brigade Marching Band is part of the College of Music, long known for its reputation of excellence. The highly comprehensive programs of the UNT College of Music enroll the largest number of music majors of any university in the country.
More than 1,600 music majors from all over the world pursue a wide variety of specializations, including classical music performance, jazz studies, music education, composition, musicology, theory and ethnomusicology.
To hear the music of the Green Brigade, visit their website.
Ellen Rossetti with UNT News Service can be reached at Ellen.Rossetti@unt.edu.