In the world of collegiate marching bands, the award winning Norfolk State University Spartan “Legion” located in Norfolk, VA, has made a name for itself as one of the premier Marching Bands in the country. The “Legion” consists of 250 staff and student musicians, dancers, and flags from states nationwide, including, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.
The “Legion” exhibits a presence evocative of the storied “Spartans”. They are regally attired in forest green uniforms with contrasting white overlays, gold capes and brilliant gold-plated helmets. Their varied synchronized and precise marching styles, inclusive of their fierce look and demeanor, include high-stepping, the rigid strut and the glide or military style. Their utter presence embraces and exudes pride, which is coupled with their robust and magnificent sound. They have been consistently critically acclaimed and have drawn rave reviews nationwide in all media.
Discipline and “Spartan-like” behavior is the key to the innumerable honors that the Spartan “Legion” has won. Selected performances include, most recently the Barack Obama Presidential campaign rally in Norfolk, VA. The “Legion’s” history includes: the Philadelphia Parade commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Constitution (1987), the Mardi Gras in the Rex Parade in New Orleans, LA (2003); the MLK “Drum Major for Justice” Parade, St. Petersburg, FL (2006); the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase (2007 and 2008); the Norfolk Grand Illumination Parade (2006 and 2007); collegiate venues in the MEAC, CIAA and Colonial Conferences, Rutgers University, University of Kentucky and Villanova University. The “Legion” is also the inaugural host of the HBCU (History Black Colleges and Universities) Band Battlefest, which annually spotlights 10 HBCU Marching Bands and command performances in San Diego, CA; Bermuda and New York, NY.
Under the direction of Dr. O'Neill Sanford since 1998, The Spartan "Legion" continues to grow a stronger fan base, better program, and a stronger musical tradition with the thought of spreading love for the “Legion” across the country.
» The Dream Team
(BAND STAFF) consists of world renowned clinicians; Mr. Paul Adams, Ms. Stephanie Sanders, Dr. Timmey T. Zachery, Mr. William Beathea, Mrs.Inez Howard, and Vedette Spellman
» Mr. Paul I. Adams is one of the leading arrangers in the country. He has written music for some of the nation's top marching band programs including: University of Minnesota, Jackson State University, and University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Adams was previously Assistant Band Director of Bands at Jackson State University, Director of Bands at Howard University, and currently the Interim Director of Bands, Chief Arranger, and Low Brass instructor at Norfolk State University.
» Dr. O'Neil Sanford
is one of the premier music educators/directors in the nation. Since becoming a music educator in 1965, he has held numerous positions in the field of Music including Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota, and the University of Pittsburgh. He most recently served as Director of Bands at Norfolk State University.
» Ms. Stephanie K. Sanders is a graduate of Jackson State University (Baccalaureate), University of Houston (Masters), and currently studies at Regent University. She was the Assistant Band Director at Alcorn State University. Ms. Sanders is the Woodwind Instructor, Jazz Band Director, and Assistant Band Director at Norfolk State University.
» Mr. William H. Beathea
is a graduate of Ball State University (Baccalaureate), and Eastern Illinois University (Masters). He was Assistant Band Director at Jackson State University, and is currently the Million Dollar Funk Squad Percussion Instructor, Pep Band Director, and Assistant Marching Band Director at Norfolk Sate University.
» Vedette Spellman
is a graduate of Norfolk State University (Baccalaureate) and former Captain of the Silkettes Flag Squad; she currently serves its Coordinator.
» Mrs. Inez Howard
is a retired Physical Education and Dance Instructor from Norfolk State University. She has provided outstanding instruction and leadership to the "Hot Ice" dance line since it's inception.
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With the name Eboni Elite meaning black and strong, the clarinet section strive to be the one of the best marching section in the Spartan "Legion".
Trum Phi was established in 1993
In 1984 their name came to be by Diana Switcher (Premises) and lasted over two decades with excellence and integrity is not just a title, it defines smoothness and sensuality in their performance.
We the Spartan "Legion" Marching Band contains 11 wonderful sections, each one contributes to the wonderful sensation of music the instrumentalist play and the solid groovy moves the dancers and flags bring.
» Saxophones: Sax Maniacs
» Euphoniums: TNT
» Trombones: Horny Horns
» Tubas: Bodacious
» Percussion: Million Dollar Funk Squad
» Flags/ Spartan Guards:
» Dancers: Hot Ice
» Support Staff
Please use the options below to contact the NSU Spartan “Legion” with any questions or comments. If you are inquiring about joining the “Legion” please use the form located here. Form Here
700 Park Ave
Norfolk, Va 23504
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