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. This announcement also revealed the highly anticipated marching band lineup and marks the beginning of the event’s discounted ticket pre-sale window.
“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 supports 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.”
Discounted early bird tickets can be purchased starting at just $15 and will be available until 8 am CST on May 19th or until they are sold out. Following the early-bird window, tickets will increase by $5. Tickets can be purchased at: www.nationalbattleofthebands.com/tickets.
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 from 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.
2022 marching band line-up:
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
North Carolina A&T State 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 Harris County – Houston Sports Authority (HCHSA) Vice President, Chris Massey. "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. 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 Fair.
For more information about the NBOTB visit www.nationalbattleofthebands.com and stay updated on social media at @NationalBattleOfTheBands (Facebook/Instagram) / @NationalBOTB (Twitter).
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 our future leaders. Event organizers have generated more than $700,000 in scholarships for the participating colleges and universities. www.nationalbattleofthebands.com
Harris County - Houston Sports Authority
The Harris County-Houston Sports Authority (HCHSA) maintains the facilities and services the debt of the world-class, professional sports venues it was created to build. To support this primary mission, Houston Sports serves as a leading proponent for attracting sporting events to Houston and for promoting the city as a home for sports-related activities, to ultimately enhance Houston’s economic development and bring better quality of life for its residents. Houston Sports also created the annual Houston Sports Awards to honor the area’s outstanding athletes. www.houstonsports.org