HOUSTON, TX – Event organizers for the Pepsi National Battle of the Bands presented by Toyota announced that this year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 27 at NRG Stadium and will kick off at 6:00 p.m. CST.
“Each year we strive to make the National Battle of the Bands event an experience that not only celebrates and amplifies the visibility of HBCU marching bands, but also, serves and support the community,” says Derek Webber, National Battle of the Bands Creator and CEO, Webber Marketing. ”Whether it’s working with minority business owners and creating job opportunities, providing scholarships to college and high school bands programs, or hosting a college recruitment fair where high school students get accepted on-site, we have dynamic partners like Pepsi, Toyota, JP Morgan Chase and more who are committed to our vision of creating sustainable impact within the communities we serve.”
Created to celebrate, support, and recognize the excellence of Black college marching bands, the NBOTB is the largest HBCU marching band event and the second largest African American event in the state of Texas. More than 2,000 members of eight of the nation’s top marching bands will kick off their Fall marching band season at the NBOTB while showcasing the culture of their universities and their unique style and sound. The showcase will feature sounds from the following bands:
- Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band
- Alcorn State University, The Sounds of Dyn-O-mite Marching Band
- Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats
- Grambling State University, World Famed Tiger Marching Band
- Kentucky State University, Mighty Marching Thorobreds
- NCA&T University, The Blue and Gold Marching Machine
- Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm Band
- Southern University, Human Jukebox
“We are thrilled to be welcoming eight of the nation’s best marching bands to Houston,” said Chris Massey, Harris County – Houston Sports Authority (HCHSA) Vice President. ”The National Battle of the Bands is the perfect event to celebrate and amplify the city’s love of arts, education, and HBCU culture. We are looking forward to packing the house and celebrating with fans from all over the country!”
The NBOTB partnership with HCHSA is a significant one because it supports the advancement of the event’s mission to enhance the exposure of HBCUs and their marching bands, and the role they play in educating aspiring musicians and developing future leaders. The partnership also aims to boost the growth of scholarships and expand the awareness of higher learning with music, arts, and entertainment.
Several official NBOTB events will also return, including the Pepsi NBOTB presented by Toyota, Step and Stroll Band Culture Kickoff, The Emerge Experience Entrepreneur Event Presented by J.P. Morgan Chase, and HBCU S.T.E.M. College Recruitment.
About National Battle of the Bands
The event’s mission is to enhance the exposure of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their marching bands, the roles they play in educating aspiring musicians and developing future leaders. Event organizers have generated more than $700,000 in scholarships for the participating colleges and universities. For more information, visit www.nationalbattleofthebands.com.