At Delaware State, halftime is “show time”. That’s because the university’s popular marching band, “The Approaching Storm” takes center stage. The DSU band is a high-energy, high-stepping, entertaining collection of talented musicians and dancers.

Whether it’s hip-hop, R&B, gospel, jazz or “old school”, the “Storm” has something to appeal to your musical taste. While the “Storm’s” halftime show is a game day highlight, the band is also counted on to “pump up” the team and Hornet fans from well before the opening kickoff until long after the final gun. Whether the Hornets win or lose, the Delaware State football experience isn’t complete until the band’s “fifth quarter” post-game performance.

Members of the Delaware State band traveled to New York City to perform with legendary Motown groups “The Temptations”, “The Spinners” and “Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.” The DSU band has performed in England at the London New Year’s Day parade. The “Storm” is a popular guest at National Football League stadiums, including three Philadelphia Eagles contests. The band has also appeared at New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills home games. Known throughout Delaware for its distinctive style, the “Storm” is a popular attraction at parades and celebrations throughout the state.

Delaware State University’s Band Program

Approaching Storm Halftime Show

Director of Bands

Dr. Harvey D. Bullock, Jr. has been a Director of Bands on the secondary and higher education levels for 27 years, serving as a middle school and high school director in the states of Virginia and Delaware. Dr. Bullock has served at Smithfield High School and Booker T. Washington High School in Virginia, as well as Dover Central Middle School, Seaford High School, and Sussex Tech High School in Delaware. Dr. Bullock is a 1991 graduate of Elizabeth City State University, a 1995 graduate of Delaware State University, and a 2014 graduate of Capella University. From 1995-98, Dr. Bullock served as the Assistant Director of Bands for Delaware State University. Dr. Bullock now returns to his alma mater to serve as its Director of Bands. Serving in his third year as Director of Bands, Dr. Bullock also serves as one of the directors for the Delaware Blue-Gold All-Star Band. Dr. Bullock takes great joy in sharing with, and transferring his love of music to, his students. It is his desire that they leave his program with the same lifelong lessons, experiences, and memories that has fueled his love of music, and that have propelled him to become a music educator.