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Meet The Talented Drumline Who Supplied Dope Beats For Beyoncé’s HBCU-Themed Coachella Performance

Without a doubt, the incredible band was a complimentary element to her performance.

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Beyoncé’s Coachella performance Saturday has left everyone wanting more of the band that accompanied her on the stage.  

The pulsating rhythm fueling the 36-year-old's historic performance was made up of talented alumni from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other universities around the country. 

Led by Don P. Roberts, the Drumline members come from Florida A&M University, Tennesse State University, Alabama State University, Prairie View A&M University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University, Norfolk State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Univerisity of Georgia, Kennesaw State University and more. 

Before making history with Beyoncé, Roberts was the band director of Southwest DeKalb High School's Marching Panthers in Decatur, Georgia.

Quite a few of the Coachella performers were alumni of that award-winning high school band. Southwest Dekalb (SWD) is home to one the best magnet programs for African-American students in the state of Georgia. Students of the high school get infused with pride for black culture and a desire to excel in all areas they pursue. 

Southwest DeKalb alumni Dasmyn GrigsbyPop PriceRashaad HorneWayne WestleyM Jarmal Terry, and Kadeem Chambers were right on stage with Queen Bey making their alma mater proud. These dope band members started their musical careers at SWD but they all went off to some of the distinguished schools mentioned above. 

Take a look at some of the talented members below: 

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