Nick Cannon did his own drumming on screen while his double, Jason Price, did majority of the close-ups with complex techniques.
Leonard Roberts, who plays Sean, was actually very sick when the last scenes of the "BET southern classic" were filmed, which is why he is so sweaty and looks slightly weak at the end of the film.
While Morris Brown is a real college in Atlanta, there is no real Atlanta A&T. The filming was done at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta and at Morris Brown. The performers (aside from those from Morris Brown) were recruited from high school and university bands all over the Atlanta and Metro Atlanta area. High school band director Don Roberts was recruited to turn the performers into real, convincing bands.
Nick Cannon prepared for his role by practicing in a hotel suite with his double and drummer, Jason Price, as well as sleeping with the drumsticks tied to his hands.
The fraternity featured throughout the film is Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity. The actual Kappa Kappa Psi flag, colors, and symbols, and customary shouts and chants are used in the film. Symbols and letters for their sister organization, Tau Beta Sigma, the national honorary band sorority, can also be seen throughout the film.
One of the bands performing in the "BET Southern Classic" was Grambling State University's Tiger Marching Band in Grambling, Louisiana, home of the legendary Coach Eddie Robinson.
This movie's band is based on Florida A&M University Marching Band . Atlanta A&T shares a common name with North Carolina A&T State University, an HBCU most commonly known as "A&T" for short. A&T is known throughout the HBCU community for GHOE-the Greatest Homecoming on Earth. The Band used for Atlanta A&T was Southwest Dekalb High School Marching Band.
Several extras can be seen wearing red and white jackets with the Greek letters Sigma Alpha Iota imprinted on them during the house party step scene. Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) is the International Music Fraternity for Women founded in 1903.
One of the bands performing at the "BET southern classic" is Clark Atlanta University, whose campus is used as the setting for Atlanta A&T University in the movie.
Fans felt that Nick Cannon was "snubbed" at the Oscars for this film but in the end he did win the best actor award at the 'Nadav Can't Google' awards.
Most of the bands during the big southern classic were Clark Atlanta University, Grambling State University, and Bethune Cookman University