Thursday, November 10, 2011

HBCU Band Series The Battle Returns for a Second Season on ESPNU

Marching Band Icon Grambling State University Subject of Five-Part Series

The Battle Presented by AT&T on Thursday Nights (Schedule subject to change):
Date            Time
Thu, Nov. 10  6:30 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 17  10 p.m.
Thu, Nov. 24   8 p.m.
Thu, Dec. 1    6:30 p.m.
Thu, Dec. 8    9 p.m.
The Battle reflects a glimpse into the rivalry and tradition that dates back decades and defines HBCU bands, like the GSU Tiger Marching Band. Established in 1926, with 17-members, the band is now 250 marching strong with a resume that includes halftime performance at Super Bowl I and IX, a parade appearance in the nation’s bicentennial celebration in 1976 and the inauguration of President George W. Bush in 2001, a place in the NCAA Hall of Fame and several national iconic commercials.
The band trains rigorously day-in and day-out for football games and band rivalries that date back decades as part of the HBCU tradition. The five-part series takes viewers from the very first steps at training camp to the final march at the Bayou Classic , an annual gridiron clash between Grambling State and Southern, as the students strive to meet the expectations that come with their band’s namesake.
“A large majority of HBCU football fans take as much pride in the marching band halftime performance as the other four quarters of play that surround it,” said ESPNU vice president Rosalyn Durant. “As the home for college sports we take pride in providing the content that our sports fans crave and ‘The Battle’ is a continuation of that commitment.”
Roger Bobb, president of Bobbcat Films.

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