Who did it best — GSU or PV?

The World-Famed Tiger Marching Band covers the field performing the classic GSU chant. Jasmine Franklin/The Gramblinite

On Sept. 29, Grambling State University and the Prairie View A&M University marching bands traveled to Dallas, Texas for the annual State Fair Classic football game at the Cotton Bowl. 

The halftime show was dedicated to the first band-director Conrad Hutchinson Jr , celebrating his 100th Birthday. 

The opening song for the World-Famed Marching Band was “Lift Every Voice” by James Weldon Johnson which celebrated the 100th Birthday of Conrad Hutchinson Jr. 

As the halftime show continued GSU’s band performed various songs including, “Middle Child” by J.cole, “Love is the Greatest Story” by Earth,Wind & Fire, “Give it to Me Baby” by Rick James. 

With Grambling and Prairie View having a similar chant it brought uprising in the crowds leading Grambling to scream “GS, GS, GS, U!” during Prairie View’s halftime performance. 

A crowd of 52,315 spectators were gathered for the football game and halftime show. 

Several GSU students who attended the event said the Wolrd-Famed Marching Band put on a great performance. 

“There can only be one World-Famed. No matter how hard they try to be like us we will always be the best GS GS UUUU!” Crisma Burford, a sophomore kinesiology major from Chicago, said. 

Kynadi Bolden a freshman nursing major from San Bernardino Calif., said the crowd interaction was amazing.  

“As far as the halftime show I feel like we did amazing as usual but it was even better when Prairie View played the same song as us yet we continued to show out by yelling our GSU chant over their band,” said Bolden. 

Michael Rodgers. an accounting major from Chicago, Ill., also called out Prairie View A&M for playing the same song as GSU. 

“The halftime show at the Cotton Bowl this year was very entertaining,” Rodgers said. “I think that World Fame band had a better performance, but Prairie View’s band sounded nice too. The only thing I didn’t like about their performance was that they tried to play our song, it sounded horrible. They should’ve picked a different song.” 

Will Griffin, a sophomore automotive technology major from Chicago, said he thoroughly enjoyed the performances.  

“I was impressed by the intricate effort put forth,” Griffin said.  “I believe that Grambling has better quality music compared to the selection of Prairie View.” 

Haleigh Gavin, a senior kinesiology major from Austin, Texas, said wants GSU to change things up in the future. 

“The halftime show started off a little bland, but they always show up and show out.,” Gavin said. “I hope as the year continues we hear more popular music.”