About the national botb
The “National Battle of the Bands” event was established as the premier kickoff to the fall marching band season, featuring electrifying performances by the country’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) marching bands. This exciting event not only captivates diverse audiences – including teens, young adults, families, college-educated professionals, blue-collar workers, and active seniors – but also highlights the cultural significance of HBCU bands.
With the support of the Harris County Houston Sports Authority and the City of Houston, the “National Battle of the Bands” attracts thousands of fans, alumni, and students, strengthening the community’s connection to HBCUs. The event’s creator, Derek Webber, envisions showcasing the vital role HBCU marching bands play in educating aspiring musicians and cultivating future leaders.
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. To date, event organizers have generated nearly $1 million in scholarships for participating colleges and universities.
Audiences can look forward to awe-inspiring, never-before-seen performances that will keep them coming back for more exhilarating experiences year after year.
As the largest African American event in Texas, the National Battle of the Bands has provided over $200,000 in scholarships and generated a $20 million economic impact for Houston and Harris County. The 2022 NBOTB weekend saw more than 55,000 attendees, over 10,000 participants in ancillary events, and over 2,200 participating band members.