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2 Alabama HBCUs to compete in National Battle of the Bands

HOUSTON — Two of Alabama's historically Black colleges and universities will compete in the National Battle of the Bands coming this summer.

The Miles College "Purple Marching Machine" and the Tuskegee University "Marching Crimson Pipers" are two of the eight bands selected to perform this year.

This year's competition will be held in Houston, Texas, from Friday, Aug. 23, through Aug. 25, 2024.

According to the organization's website, the National Battle of the Bands "was established as the premier kickoff to the fall marching band season" and aims to showcase the best bands from HBCUs across the country.

They also have a commitment to the future generations of marching bands as well.

"The National Battle of the Bands is on a mission to amplify the exposure of HBCUs and their marching bands, highlighting the critical role they play in fostering aspiring musicians and shaping tomorrow’s leaders." the website says. "To date, event organizers have generated nearly $1.3 million in scholarships for participating colleges and universities."

The event also serves as the largest African American event held each year in Texas, with thousands of fans, students, faculty and alumni of each school making the trip to show their support.

Miles College will be performing facing the west, or the home team's side, while Tuskegee University will be performing facing the east, or the visiting team's side.

Tickets for this year's battle are on sale now.