It's been selected as this year's "Future of HBCU* Talent" high school band for the upcoming 39th Annual Bayou Classic in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The selection is made possible by a new program launched by Southern University and Grambling State University as part of classic to host a visiting band and dance team for the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Launched this year, the "Future of HBCU Talent" program recognizes one high school band and dance team from outside of Louisiana and provides them the opportunity to attend the week-long series of Bayou Classic events and perform as part of the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The Jacksonville Red Devils Marching Band from is an award-winning marching band which has been voted best band with the most spirit in Arkansas twice through a statewide poll.
This year's "Future of HBCU Talent" dance team comes to the Bayou Classic from Memphis, Tennessee. The Divas of Olive Branch Majorette Team will also perform at the parade. Though The Divas of Olive Branch have won the most first place trophies than any other majorette team in Memphis, the main focus of the group is to give under privileged girls an opportunity to step away from their personal situations to learn teamwork, dedication, leadership, honesty, fellowship and showmanship.
The "Future of HBCU Talent" program was developed to recognize young talent outside of Louisiana. The program searches for outstanding talent to showcase their work as part of The Bayou Classic.
The Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on November 22nd, kicking off on Poydras Street at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 3:30 pm.
About The Bayou Classic
The Bayou Classic features one of America's greatest college sports rivalries, bringing the fans and alumni of Southern University and Grambling State University to New Orleans for a celebration of football, family and the traditions and pageantry surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Last year, the two schools split $1.32 million in proceeds from the series of Bayou Classic events. These proceeds provide support to the campuses' athletic programs and fund scholarships through the SU System Foundation and the GSU Foundation.
Tickets for the 39th Annual Bayou Classic and the Battle of the Bands & Greek Show are on sale now, Tickets for both events can be purchased at the following locations: the Bayou Classic website (www.mybayouclassic.com), Ticketmaster, the New Orleans Arena Box Office, the Grambling State University Ticket Office or the Southern University Ticket Office.
*Historically black colleges and universities