IMO, the worst part of most HBCUs field shows are the dance routines. Most bands sound like crap when trying to dance and play at the same time,
which is why they are marching bands instead of dancing bands. Putting horns down while the other half of the band dances is not a bad idea, as long as the half that is still playing can provide a strong and full sound. Southern University has always been known for its formation drills, which is why a lot of HBCUs have adopted that style. Fast cadence from formation to formation is the easy way to rearrange a band on a field without actually doing a formation drill while playing music. The only time one will see Southern's band fast cadence into a formation is when the band has completed its formation drills and is getting into what is known as block band formation in order to do some dance routine.