The participants for the Pepsi National Battle of the Bands competition have been announced, and the field includes elite talent.
The event, which celebrates the rich culture of HBCU marching bands, will take place on Aug. 26 at NRG Stadium in Houston and will start at 6 p.m. CT.
“Pepsi is honored to enter its third year as title sponsor of the National Battle of the Bands, an inspiring and iconic cultural event for the HBCU Band Community,” Kent Montgomery, senior vice president of industry relations and multicultural development, said.
“As a firm believer in promoting the growth and development of HBCU students, this multi-year partnership provides a powerful platform to acknowledge the exceptional achievements of HBCUs nationwide, and unapologetically celebrate the world-class marching bands that bring tradition, unite generations and inspire future leaders.”
The NBOTB is the largest HBCU marching band event and the fourth-largest HBCU African American event in the country.
2023 National Battle of The Bands lineup
Florida A&M University, Marching “100”
Langston University, “Marching Pride” Band
Mississippi Valley State University, Mean Green Marching Machine
Norfolk State University, The Spartan “Legion” Marching Band
Southern University, Human Jukebox
Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands
Texas Southern University, “Ocean of Soul” Marching Band
Virginia State University, Trojan Marching Explosion
“Our community is once again excited to welcome the nation’s best marching bands to Houston,” Harris County – Houston Sports Authority vice president Chris Massey said. “The NBOTB continues to support our youth through arts and entertainment, educational opportunities, and diversity programming. We are looking forward to continuing to celebrate HBCU culture within the city and making this event bigger and better each year.”
How to buy tickets for National Battle of the Bands
Early bird tickets for the National Battle of the Bands are now available for purchase at a discounted price of just $20. This offer is available until Friday, May 26th, or while supplies last. Following the conclusion of the early bird sales period, regular ticket sales will commence on Tuesday, May 30, with prices starting at $25. Tickets can be purchased at www.nationalbattleofthebands.com.
Courtesy: National Battle of The Bands