Grambling State chosen as a finalist in the 2020 Honda Battle of the Bands

World Famed Band wins $20,000 Music Education Grant and advances to Top Eight Competition

Grambling, La – Grambling State’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band has been selected as a top eight finalist in the Honda Battle of the Bands. In addition to bringing home a $20,000 grant for the University’s music education program, the Band has landed a spot in the final competitive lineup at the 17th HBOB Invitational Showcase in Atlanta on January 25, 2020.

“This competition highlights the legacy of influence that HBCU Bands have on American culture,” said Dr. Nikole Roebuck, Director of Bands and Head of the University’s Music Department. “I am honored that the World Famed continues to make history, especially during our celebration of Conrad Hutchinson Jr. Month.”

This October, the university celebrates Conrad Hutchinson Jr. Month, honoring legendary Grambling State Director of Bands who led performances at the NFL’s first Superbowl halftime, presidential inaugurations, Fortune 500 commercials, major motion pictures, and worldwide acclaim. This year’s achievements have included performances for Beyoncé and Adidas and appointing the third woman band director in HBCU history.

“Marching bands are the cornerstone of HBCU culture, and through Honda Battle of the Bands, we are able to bring together students, alumni, fans, and supporters in celebration of their incredible talents,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility for American Honda. “Honda congratulates all eight bands and we look forward to an inspiring day of entertainment, showmanship, and school spirit.”

Tickets to the 2020 HBOB Invitational Showcase are available for purchase now at the official site.