Alabama State University to Star in Reality Show on Lifetime
The premiere of ‘Bama State Style’ reality show featuring ASU’s Mighty Marching Hornets is all set for Friday April 17 at 10:00 PM on popular Lifetime Network.
Alabama State University ‘Mighty March Hornets’ has been selected to star in a reality television show, “Bama State Style,” on the Lifetime Network. The show will focus on the time and effort the Mighty Marching Hornets puts into creating its HBCU half-time shows and other performances. It will include footage from practices, performances, interviews with band members and more.
ASU Band director James Oliver said the TV show will be family-based, following students as they navigate through the music program.
“This is a unique and wonderful opportunity to share with the public, through the Lifetime Network, our incredible university, and to let the world see how we nurture our ASU band members into becoming good musicians and motivate them to become great students academically,” Professor James Oliver, band director for the Mighty Marching Hornets, said in August
“They wanted to see how the university looked, and they talked to me and a few students,” Oliver said. “That email translated into those guys saying, ‘We love it here. We don’t want to go to any of those other schools.”
Oliver said once details — foremost, ensuring that the university will be portrayed in a positive light — were discussed and approved by ASU administration, it was set.
Bruce McDonald II, a Marching Hornets drum major, was awestruck at the prospect of the show.
“I’ve never seen an HBCU band be put on national TV,” said McDonald, a senior. “It’s a blessing, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in a band like this.”
He’s not nervous.
“People record you all the time,” he said of the band’s many high school fans who rush to upload the Marching Hornets’ performances to You Tube.
Still, “Everyone is excited. We can’t wait for the cameras to get here.”
Oliver hopes the show conveys the students’ dedication, discipline and ability to balance band demands with high grade-point averages. What he wants viewers to see is that “it’s more than just a halftime show. It’s part of education, part of discipline.”
Just to be clear, he added, “We don’t lose anybody at halftime. People don’t get up to walk around. They sit down to watch our halftime.”
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