Blue & Gold Marching Machine

As one of the premier bands in the nation, the Blue and Gold Marching Machine is synonymous with high stepping performances, precise drills, powerful, yet melodic sounds, and energy! As the premier band of North Carolina and ranking high among the top HBCU Marching Bands, the Blue & Gold Marching Machine of NC A&T State University is a force to be reckoned with!

Under the leadership of visionary, Dr. Kenneth Ruff, “The Blue and Gold Machine” brings crowds of fans to their feet year after year. The hard work of band members has lead to numerous recognitions such as winners of the Honda Battle of The Bands, the 2003 Defeat the Beat Champions, official band of the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise, the lead band for the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and a top 10 band as reported by Sports Illustrated.

The band performs at a variety of school and community functions and consists of approximately 200 members from very diverse majors and concentrations. The band is an auditioned group. The audition is open to all students of the university who wish to participate. The Marching Machine performs different genres of music and incorporates all styles of marching and maneuvering. The unit is a source of pride for the university and the community.

We are excited to announce The Blue and Gold Marching Machine has been selected to participate in the 2024 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena California.

Visit  Tournament of Roses Parade website for more information on this historical event. 

 Visit our Youtube Page for our most recent performances and footage. Checkout the Blue and Gold Marching Marchine in the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. as we perform at the All-Star Battle of The Bands.

Contact the Marching Machine

Prospective members, please join the Blue & Gold Marching Machine today! Have you applied to the university yet? If not, visit admissions and find out how to apply today!  If you’d like to be placed in the recruitment database and receive more info about the Blue and Gold Marching Machine, text BGMMINFO to 41411 and fill out the requested information. For additional information, please contact us with the information provided below:

North Carolina A&T State University
Blue & Gold Marching Machine
1120 East Bessemer Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27411
Phone: (336) 334-7776 | Fax:  (336) 334-7311

Request a Blue & Gold Marching Machine Performance. Please email Dr. Ruff at

Request a Cold Steel Drumline Performance. Please email Mr. Harvey Thompson at


Congratulations to the class of 2022-2023. We are proud of you!


Adrian Johnson

Ajanni Haltiwanger

Altreze Gethers

Ashlynn Paige

Cameron Barton

Charles Hughes Jr

D’asia Stevenson

Daisja Burke


Dylan Stanford

Frederick Harris Jr

Jada Hill

Jade Smith

Jewel McDonald

Jocelyn Kenley

Ka’Nesha Maggette

Kenya McArthur


Sha’Nesha Maggette

Simone Glover

Sydney Clark

T'Asis Smalls

Tamara Williams

Thomas Small, II

Tysean Phelps

Zahria Nelson