The 48-yard field goal sailed through the uprights and the football players taking part in Saturday’s 28th annual Southern Heritage Classic began streaming back into the Liberty Bowl locker rooms for halftime.
Before they all reached the tunnel, Tennessee State’s Aristocrat of Bands was already standing in formation on the field.
Nobody in the stands left their seats, and fans poured in from the concourse and parking lots. They had their cell phone cameras out.
The halftime show was about to begin and, in many ways, it was the spectacle this crowd of 47,407 had been waiting for since last year.
The 23 minutes that elapsed during both bands’ presentations during halftime Saturday featured intricate musical arrangements, complicated marching routines, classic R&B songs, sarcastic jokes and a heartfelt tribute to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas.
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The musical portion of the Aristocrat of Bands’ show was highlighted by a rendition of New Edition’s hit songs, “If It Isn’t Love,” “Cool It Now” and “Can You Stand the Rain?” Much of the Tennessee State side of the Liberty Bowl stood and sang along with the chorus.
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