The chime throughout the halls at George Washington High School was replaced with the boom of snare drums on the football field.

The Kentucky State University Mighty Marching Thorobreds took time out of their Circle City Classic weekend on Friday, Sept. 27, to perform at the school for students from George Washington, Crispus Attucks High School, the Newcomer Program and James A. Garfield School 31.

More than 840 students representing the diversity of IPS, enjoyed the university’s fluid dance moves and vibrant renditions of popular songs.

Circle City Classic is an annual football game between two , an Historically Black College and University (HBCU) teams. This year’s matchup was between Kentucky State University and Jackson State University.

“Our students at George Washington loved the event. The energy on that day was amazing! It really gave our students a chance to see what life at an HBCU could be like,” said Brandon Jackson, a school counselor at George Washington. “A number of our students attended the HBCU College Fair which took place the same day as the band performance. Students wanted to take it one step further to explore what options were available based off their experience from that morning.”

The 40th Annual HBCU College Fair was held at Crispus Attucks High School.