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With the cancellation of the 2021 Honda Battle of the Bands, HBCU stadium showcase band fans are left with a preseason option in a new location.

Previously presented in the AstroDome as part of Labor Day activities, organizers have gotten new sponsorship and moved next door.national bob logo

The 2021 Cracker Barrel National Battle of the Bands (NBOTB) presented by Pepsi Zero Sugar at NRG Stadium in will be in  Houston, Texas on August 29 at 4:00 p.m. CST..

“After more than a year with no homecomings or major events where HBCU alumni, students, and fans have traditionally gathered to celebrate their love of the HBCU experience, showcase their school spirit, and connect with friends and loved ones, we are grateful to announce the return of the National Battle of the Bands,” says Derek Webber, CEO of Webber Marketing and Creator of the National Battle of the Bands.

 “We’re thrilled to serve as the title sponsor of the National Battle of the Bands once again,” said Gabrielle Ivey, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Cracker Barrel. “We’re committed to investing in the next generation of leaders, which is why we have been supporting HBCUs since 2016. We look forward to the NBOTB where we can come together and kick off the season by watching the country’s top marching bands as we engage with the communities in which we serve. We value what everyone brings to the table and believe that each person should be treated that way.”

“We’re thrilled to serve as the title sponsor of the National Battle of the Bands once again,” said Gabrielle Ivey, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Cracker Barrel. “We’re committed to investing in the next generation of leaders, which is why we have been supporting HBCUs since 2016. We look forward to the NBOTB where we can come together and kick off the season by watching the country’s top marching bands as we engage with the communities in which we serve. We value what everyone brings to the table and believe that each person should be treated that way.”

 “We’re thrilled to serve as the title sponsor of the National Battle of the Bands once again,” said Gabrielle Ivey, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Cracker Barrel. “We’re committed to investing in the next generation of leaders, which is why we have been supporting HBCUs since 2016. We look forward to the NBOTB where we can come together and kick off the season by watching the country’s top marching bands as we engage with the communities in which we serve. We value what everyone brings to the table and believe that each person should be treated that way.”

  • Langston University Marching Pride Band
  •  Bethune-Cookman University MarchingWildcats
  •  Jackson State University Sonic Boom of The South
  •  Norfolk State University Spartan Legion
  •  NCA&T Blue And Gold Marching Machine
  •  Southern University Marching Band
  • Tennessee State Univ. Aristocrat of Bands
  • Texas Southern University "Ocean of Soul" Marching Ban
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