Local Louisiana news station pays tribute to HBCU groups

This Saturday, the local Louisiana station is spotlighting HBCU bands with a tribute titled “National Battle of the Bands: A Salute to HBCU Marching Bands.” Learn more about it in Judy Bergeron’s article at the information station WAFB below!

The Human Jukebox Marching Band performs during halftime as Southern University plays FAMU at Bragg Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. on Saturday August 21, 2019. FAMU won against Southern 27-21. (Aileen Perilla for The Advocate) ORG XMIT: 10030138AFILE PHOTO

To celebrate Black Music Month, the film “National Battle of the Bands: A Salute to HBCU Marching Bands” will air at 11 a.m. on June 19 on WAFB, Channel 9, Cable Channel 7.

From blues, gospel and jazz to rock and roll, rhythm and blues, hip hop and rap, the musical contributions of African Americans across the fabric of history can be seen, heard and felt in the precision, sound, and show-shopping performances by historically black college and university marching bands.

The hour-long film captures and presents the story behind the legacy, pride and pageantry of HBCU marching bands and the institutions they call home.

“HBCU marching bands are a source of pride and prestige for the black community,” said Derek Webber, executive producer and CEO of Webber Marketing. “As an alumnus of Hampton University, it’s amazing to produce a film that honors the legacy of HBCU’s marching bands and the pioneers past and present who paved the way for their existence today. ‘today.”

Featuring Southern University’s Human Jukebox Marching Band and other notable HBCU bands from around the country, the film introduces viewers to the people who make the magic behind the music and thrills HBCU alumni, fans and audiences love to hear and see.

“We are thrilled to contribute to this incredible story about HBCU groups and their importance to society,” said Kedric D. Taylor, director of groups at Southern University. “The world needs to know about this important part of African American history and the Southern University marching band and staff appreciate the National Battle of the Bands for conveying it in such an excellent way.”

The film also reveals how much sacrifice, dedication and passion goes behind the scenes to create the performances fans look forward to during football halves, comeback parades and the coveted battle of group showdowns.

From Presidential inaugurations and National Day celebrations to major awards ceremonies, HBCU marching bands have been at the center of some of the greatest moments in their nation’s history, sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in sports. , entertainment and politics.

“The HBCU marching bands are instrumental in educating budding musicians and developing future leaders, which is why whenever we have the opportunity to increase their visibility – whether through televised or in-person events – we will do so in a major way to honor their insurmountable influence and impact,” Webber added.