The precision and style shown at the SSU football stadium on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 4:51p.m. could be done by no other than Savannah State University’s Powerhouse of the South.
As events, reunions, and celebrations occupied every hour throughout the week, none of them had as much anticipation as the halftime show during the football game against Clark Atlanta University.
The Powerhouse of the South performed a selection of songs that danced across multiple generations from the past seven decades. Opening with a drum major routine, the duo drum majors performed alongside the heartbeat of the band, the drumline. While the cadence was being played, the drum majors seemed to have moved with the beat. Not rushing it nor slowing it down, but matching it step by step and finishing with a back bend that brought the whole crowd roaring.
As it is tradition, once the whistle is blown the show starts and the Powerhouse of the South took the field and left no disappointment. The drill started with the song Fantastic Voyage by Lakeside. About halfway through Fantastic Voyage, the band enters the 90s with Bad Boy Records “Feel so Good” by Mase and transitioned into a dance routine that spawns from African American culture.
In concert formation, the majorette danced their routine while the concert song “Weak” by SWV was played, directed by the Director of the band, Gabriel Arnold. The dance routine was an amalgam of different eras. Once the concert tune ended, the band started up the dance routine with Juvenile’s “Back That Thang Up” then led into Tik Tok trends, “Hit the Quan” and Ludacris’s “Move (you know)”.
The band also went to Clark Atlanta’s side of the field and comically asked where their band was at then finished on home sideline with confetti exploding. Numerous students around campus applauded the performance; a graduate student, Sammy Clayton commented that it was good, nothing less than what he expected, and his expectations were high.
A fellow observer, Anwar Turner, who is neither alumni nor a student mentioned that it was great, though he performed in the Aristocrat of Bands at Tennessee State University he commented that he understands why the band is well known, they clearly deserved it based off what he saw.