FEBRUARY 15, 2006

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The Langston University Marching Pride Band delivers during Honda event


Langston University band electrifies an audience of 70,000 at Honda's Battle of the Bands in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

The Langston University Marching Pride Band recently delivered an electrifying performance at Honda’s fourth annual Battle of the Bands in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, mesmerizing a packed house of 70,000 with dance and drill field routines, precision drumlines, high stepping dancers and drummajors.

“It was such an opportunity to be invited back for the second year in a row,” said LU’s band director, Albert Jackson. “To be voted on by your peers as one the country’s best Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) bands in your category is humbling. LU has had the national limelight two years, plus we have had the chance to perform on a national stage. That’s a privilege,” Jackson said.

The show-stopping band bellowed the opening with a fanfare rendition by Earth, Wind, and Fire, and then following with tunes by the late great Barry White entitled "Can’t Get Enough of Your Love" and another song by White entitled "Your First, My Last." Their monstrous sound closed out their performance with a selection by Cameo entitled "Candy," which rendered thunderous applause. These old school melodies coupled with their drill and riveting choreographed routines rocked the Dome.

LU Marching Pride Band was one of the 10 selected bands out of 41 participating HBCU bands that received $10,000 and a Honda Battle of the Bands trophy. LU Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Clyde Montgomery and Band Director Albert Jackson accepted the check and trophy on behalf of the university.

Other bands present for the invitational showcasing event included Prairie View A&M University, North Carolina Central University, Virginia State University, Florida A& M, Bethune-Cookman College, and Clark Atlanta University and Tuskegee University. First-time participants were Central State University and Jackson State University.

The Honda Battle of the Bands Celebration Tour and Invitational Showcase is an annual, national program, which showcases the pageantry and showmanship of the dynamic marching bands at America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The Honda Corporation awards a total of $141,000 in grants to participating bands.

Contact: Deena V. Thomas, director of public relations, 1.405.466.3484