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Welcome to the online home of the Norfolk State University Spartan "Legion" Band!

Thank you for your interest in the Norfolk State University Spartan "Legion" Band!

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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.
Behold The GREEN And GOLD!!!
» 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.
email:piadams@nsu.edu
office:(757) 823-8567
cell:(757) 328-1517




The Dream Team


» 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.
email:piadams@nsu.edu
office:(757) 823-8567
cell:(757) 328-1517



» 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. Contact info:
email: osanford@nsu.edu
office: 757-823-8563 » 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.
email:sksanders@nsu.edu
office:(757) 823-8360






» 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.
email:whbeathea@nsu.edu
office:(757) 823-8520





» 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.







Piccolos/Hi Si



Clarinets/Eboni Elite



Name: Eboni Elite
Nick Name: E Phi E
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".

Saxophones/Sax Maniacs



Trumpets/Dizziacs



Mellophone/De Hoinz


Euphoniums/TNT


Trombones/Horny Horns




Name: Horney Horns
Nickname: Trum Phi
Trum Phi was established in 1993

Tubas/Bodacious



Name: Bodacious Basses
Nickname: Bodacious

Flags/Silkettes
Spartan Guards/OG


Flags




Name: Silkettes
Nickname: Silk Psi
Year Founded: 1984
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.

Spartan Guards



Drum Majors/ Mr. Spartan & Captain Soul




Dancers/Hot Ice


The Million Dollar Funk Squad




Name: Million Dollar Funk Squad
Nickname: M.D.F.S.
Year Founded: 1978

MULTIMEDIA
Audio / Video

*Also view these videos on the Marching Network site.

Behold - Spartan "Legion"

At Rutgers 2007 - Spartan "Legion"

PYT - Spartan "Legion"

Don't Let Go (Battle) - Spartan "Legion"

Photos of the Spartan Legion

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Spartan "Legion" Marching Band Sections

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.



» Piccolos:
Hi Si



» Clarinets:
Eboni Elite



» Saxophones:
Sax Maniacs



» Trumpets:
Dizzies



» Mellophone:
De Hoinz



» Euphoniums:
TNT



» Trombones:
Horny Horns



» Tubas:
Bodacious



» Percussion:
Million Dollar Funk Squad




» Flags/
Spartan Guards:

Silkettes/OG



» Dancers:
Hot Ice




» Support Staff



Contact Us


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

Email nsubands@nsu.edu
Phone (757)823-8563
Mail
NSU Bands
700 Park Ave
Norfolk, Va 23504

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