• Jackie Shelton

CBDNA Intercollegiate Marching Band Combines 200 Ensembles

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

College marching bands from across the nation will collaborate in a virtual performance, showcasing their talents and commitment to the performing arts.

Nearly 1,500 nominated performers from 200 bands in 45 states and Puerto Rico are working together to produce a virtual college marching band show. Joining in unity during a time when college marching bands have been forced to the sidelines, the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Intercollegiate Marching Band (IMB) will keep the spirit alive by performing virtually together. This unique project will combine college marching bands from different confer­ences, regions, and styles in a single performance.

The Intercollegiate Marching Band will perform “End of Time” by Beyonce in a video that will premiere online on the Intercollegiate Marching Band YouTube channel and at the stadium during halftime of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 11, 2021.

“This is going to be a historical performance,” says Dr. Mark Spede, president of CBDNA and the director of bands at Clemson University. “In this unusual year when bands have been unable to perform their traditional pregame and halftime shows during college football games, CBDNA is pleased to offer this opportunity with the help of its partners.”

The IMB performance will showcase all of the unique aspects of a college halftime show including musicians, drum majors, color guard members, dancers, and majorettes.

“During these challenging times, we are excited that CBDNA, along with some amazing partners, can offer an event so positive to collegiate band programs across the country,” says Barry Houser, chair of the CBDNA’s athletic bands committee and director of the Marching Illini at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Many students in college bands have been forced apart due to COVID-19, but the virtual Intercollegiate Marching Band will be an event that will bring together nearly 1,500 college marching band students, unified as one band.”

Click here for a list of participating bands.

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