HBCU marching band culture is getting its own show on The CW with MARCH a docuseries following Prairie View A&M University’s Marching Storm marching band.
The 8-episode series debuts on Monday, January 24 at 8:00pm ET/PT on The CW and will follow the 300-person band and staff members including musicians, drum majors, dancers, flag team and faculty advisors as they navigate the pressure of performing and tackling rigorous academic schedules at the HBCU. The show will also explore the legacy and culture HBCUs, Prairie View A&M and how the Marching Storm is an integral part of that rich history.
On top of following the unusual struggle of navigating student life during the pandemic, the series will feature PVAMU performances against other bands including Jackson State University and Texas A&M. It will also chronicle the band’s pressure-filled journey to become the top-ranked HBCU band in the land after starting the season at #8, as ranked on ESPN’s The Undefeated.
We at Watch The Yard are especially excited to see is the fraternity and sorority representation in the show. From band fraternities and sororities to BGLOs (Black Greek Letter Organizations), there is major representation in this docuseries.
Among people highlighted, the show follows Shawn Zachery, the coach of The Black Foxes dance troupe and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as well as Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority. Zachary began her career in dance as a Southern University Dancing Doll. While juggling a successful career in the IT field for over 30 years, she has served as Director and Choreographer for Howard University’s Ooh La La! Dancers, the Champagne Dancers at South Carolina State University, and the Hot Ice Dancers at Norfolk State University. She is also the creator of the National HBCU Auxiliary and Dance Directors Association.
Ms. Shawn Zachery
The show also follows Kaylan, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the captain of The Black Foxes dance troupe and highlights her intense leadership as she pursues her mission to leave a legacy before graduating….