Jackson State University’s Marching Band Performs With Usher During Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show

JSU’s Sonic Boom of the South was hand-picked in November 2023 to join the R&B superstar on the field.

Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South performed with Usher during his Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show on Sunday night at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The @SonicBoomOTS has been booked and busy,” read a caption on the marching band’s social media accounts.

In a statement, posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, Dr. Roderick Little, who serves as director of bands and assistant professor of music at the HBCU showed his appreciation to Usher, the NFL, Apple Music and Roc Nation for the opportunity. “Thank you,” it began. “For the opportunity to share the world’s largest stage with one of the most iconic performers of our time! We had a blast! The past 10 days in Vegas have been rewarding for our students and program in preparation for a show that won’t be forgotten.”

According to Dr. Little, the students were hand-picked in November 2023 to join the R&B superstar on the field. “This honor adds to the Boom’s legacy of iconic performances and moments that help elevate our university’s name and brand,” he said. “I want to give a special shoutout to our students, staff, campus community, and administration for holding one of the best kept secrets in Jackson State history.”

The 15-minute experience also featured surprise appearances from Alicia Keys, H.E.R., Lil Jon, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, and According to CBS Sports, the 2024 Super Bowl was the most watched telecast in history, with an average of 123.4 million viewers tuning in to see the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers across all platforms.

Throughout the years, Boom shared worked with stars like Ciara, Boosie, Cedric the Entertainer, Lil Jon, Yo Gotti, Big Krit, and Pastor Troy, just to name a few.

According to Drake’s road manager Christopher “CJ” Gibson, members of the Sonic Boom of the South’s Alumni Marching Band are currently on the road with the Canadian rapper and J. Cole for “It’s All a Blur — Big as the What?” tour. Gibson is a graduate of JSU and a former member of the band.

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