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‘The band was dope,’ says Durham council candidate as NCCU marches students to polls

Watch NCCU's marching band lead voters to the polls

North Carolina Central University's marching band, the Sound Machine, marched to the polls during the Durham municipal primary on Oct. 10.
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North Carolina Central University's marching band, the Sound Machine, marched to the polls during the Durham municipal primary on Oct. 10.

No one said law school would be easy.

Tests are hard, especially graduate school exams – stressful too.

As N.C. Central University law students bent over midterm examinations Tuesday morning, a sound coming from outside began to grow.

North Carolina Central University's marching band, the Sound Machine, marched to the polls during the Durham municipal primary on Oct. 10.

The NCCU Sound Machine Marching Band was parading students toward the Turner Law Building, one of Durham’s election polling stations.

“The band was dope,” said LeVon Barnes, candidate for the City Council Ward 2 seat.

Barnes along with mayoral candidate Pierce Freelon watched the musicians.

“Pierce and I have been trying to see where we could partner and get students to the polls,” Barnes said. “We are the two youngest candidates in these elections and therefore are the closest in age to college life.”

Freelon campaign spokesman Joshua Vincent said NCCU students met in the campus’ Library Bowl for a get-out-the-vote rally. The band joined them, and the two groups merged and marched off to vote.

The atmosphere was celebratory as the band neared the law school, and loud.

A law school worker came outside to tell those marching that midterms were taking place inside.

“I don’t think they were prepared for us, Barnes said, “but everything was OK.”

“She asked who had organized this,” he said. “I told her, ‘The students did.’ And she went back inside.”

Colin Warren-Hicks: 919-419-6636, @CWarrenHicks

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