September 28, 2008
Source: The Charlotte Observer
Darkness fell over Johnson C. Smith University as uptown’s skyline glistened in the distance and a cool breeze blew through the hilltop campus for a night of quiet study.
Yet any chance for calm was quickly broken. The International Institution of Sound, JCSU’s 110-member, high-stepping marching band, was about to start another three hours of practice.
At 7:10 p.m., the drumline pounded a marching beat, revving energy through the band as whistles from three drum majors sounded the order to march.
Rehearsed and stretched, hips swiveled, feet shuffled. Sweet brass filled the air, and the band — dancers and the flag corps in tow — snaked as one through campus to the practice field.
Students hung out windows, or off to the side, bopping to the beat.