I know others have ranked the best bands in college football before, but I felt the need to rank the best in just the SEC.
Considering I haven't seen many bands outside of the SEC, I would be foolish to rank them. Thus, I will only rank the bands I have consistently seen...
Basis for rankings:
1. Difficulty of Formations (During Pregame or Halftime Performances, how difficult are the band formations and movements the band attempts?)
2. Loudness/Intimidation Factor (The More Brass instruments a band has, which would include trumpets or tubas, generally the louder the band is. During a 3rd down huddle, bands playing can potentially rattle opposing teams due to their volume)
3. Originality of Songs Played (Does the band only play the school's fight songs, or does the band incorporate other songs in their play list, which would include rock songs, movie themes, etc)
Alabama's Marching Band makes the list because of the way it complements the amazing football tradition at one of the best football programs in history.
1. Difficulty of Formations: Fifth
2. Loudness/Intimidation Factor: Fourth
3. Originality of Songs Played: Fourth
Auburn's marching band has one of the best entrances and videos in college football, running out of the players' tunnel.
1. Difficulty of Formations: Fourth
2. Loudness/Intimidation Factor: Fifth
3. Originality of Songs Played: Third
The University of Georgia's marching band is the loudest I've heard in the conference, which makes them very intimidating. I think Florida State is the only band I have heard which compares in volume. The tradition of the trumpet soloist playing the "Battle Hymn" pregame is pretty neat.
UGA also frequently incorporates the Led Zeppelin songs, "Whole Lotta Love," "Kashmir," and "Immigrant Song" into their play list, which is completely awesome. Let it be noted that UT also frequently plays the "Immigrant Song"
1. Difficulty of Formations: Third
2. Loudness/Intimidation Factor: First
3. Originality of Songs Played: Fifth
When the players run through the parting "T" prior to kickoff, everyone gets chills up and down their spine...great band which creates a great atmosphere! Tennessee's band often plays the theme from Gladiator as well, which helps the intimidation factor.
1. Difficulty of Formations: First
2. Loudness/Intimidation Factor: Third
3. Originality of Songs Played: Second
LSU's band definitely adds to the intimidation factor of a game in Death Valley. The songs the band plays create incentives for the entire student section to become involved in the cheers. The Golden Girls are a definitely plus to the band, as they are probably more pretty and prestigious than the LSU cheerleaders.
The band's entrance into the stadium and pre-game show is a must-see!
1. Difficulty of Formations: Second
2. Loudness/Intimidation Factor: Second
3. Originality of Songs Played: First