BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Jaguar Nation's prestigious marching band will be displaying its talents at the annual McDonald's Queen City Battle of the Bands, to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina's Memorial Stadium, on August 27.
Webber Marketing sponsors the annual event, which they say was created to support the creativity, showmanship, and commitment it takes to be a part of a historically black college and university (HBCU) marching band. The company has donated more than $160,000 in scholarships to participating schools over the last three years.
Derek Webber, president/CEO of Webber Marketing, says, "At Webber Marketing we are committed to enhancing the exposure of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The McDonald's Queen City Battle of the Bands event highlights the community's exclusive interest in HBCU marching bands and the roles that they play in educating aspiring musicians and developing our future leaders."
The SU marching band will receive a $10,000 scholarship donation, in addition to travel and lodging expenses, for participating in the battle of the bands event.
"The SU band has performed in more Super Bowls than any other band in the country. We've performed on many national and international stages, but now is the time to bring the talents and passion of our band to the Queen City. We are looking forward to it," says Nathan Haymer, SU band director.
The "Human Jukebox" band will begin practicing in early August, and they will be hosting numerous events before their performance in order to prepare for the opportunity.
"Southern University is excited to support our world-renowned band for an inaugural presentation at the McDonald's Queen City Battle of the Bands. The growing excitement of the Human Jukebox 2016-17 season is extremely high. The best is yet to come," says M. Christopher Brown, executive vice president and provost of SU.
According to Haymer, more than 200 hopefuls auditioned to join the marching band for this year's season. Around 100 freshmen have had their names added to the roster and can't wait to be a part of the "Human Jukebox."
"I am super excited to be able to showcase what the Human Jukebox stands for in North Carolina," says LaDonte Lotts, a junior and band member.
The "Human Jukebox" band has ranked among the NCAA's Top College Marching Bands Halftime Shows of 2015. The band has also been ranked the world's number one marching band by USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Sports View magazine, and Street and Smith's magazine.
The SU band's season will officially begin with a football game against University of Louisiana-Monroe on September 3. The game will be held in Malone Stadium in Monroe.