The Pepsi National Battle of the Bands (NBOTB) is proud to announce the February airing of “The Legacy of HBCU Marching Bands,” a film that pays tribute to the rich heritage and ongoing legacy of Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands. This vibrant showcase will feature the performances of eight premier bands from the 2023 Pepsi National Battle of the Bands.

This film is the fourth in the NBOTB series and provides an in-depth look at the marching band culture and its vital role in African American culture for over a century. 

The featured bands’ performances include:

Florida A&M University, The Marching “100”
Langston University, “Marching Pride” Band
Mississippi Valley State University, Mean Green Marching Machine
Norfolk State University, The Spartan “Legion” Marching Band
Southern University, Human Jukebox
Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands
Texas Southern University, “Ocean of Soul” Marching Band
Virginia State University, Trojan Marching Explosion

For a complete schedule of airing dates and times, please visit, where viewers can also enjoy the film’s trailer and explore a list of stations broadcasting the documentary.