College Marching Bands to Compete in Inaugural National Collegiate Marching Band Championship Bowl

The National Collegiate Marching Band Championship Bowl (NCMBCB) Organizing Committee and Experience Columbia SC Sports is pleased to welcome five prominent bands that will compete in the inaugural National Collegiate Marching Band Championship Bowl December 1, 2018 at Charlie W. Johnson Football Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.

This event will showcase the talents and skills of collegiate marching bands and recognize their unique significance in our nation’s athletic and academic life.

“As a former resident of the SC Midlands and alumnus of the University of South Carolina, I’m thrilled that this singular new event is coming to Columbia,” said Joe Allison, NCMBCB executive director. “The opportunity to advocate for and showcase our collegiate marching bands is one whose time has come and we all look forward to the best our student performers have to offer.”

The competition portion of the event will be broken up into two competition categories based on marching style. As befitting some of our nation’s finest marching bands, a select group of World-Class Adjudicators will provide professional assessments and rankings for the participants. In addition to the competition and performances, the bands will also participate in the televised 65th Annual Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.

The participating bands are: The University of Northern Alabama Marching Band (Florence, A.L.), Delaware State University Approaching Storm Marching Band (Dover, D.E.), The Great Talladega College Tornado Marching Band (Talladega, A.L.), Stillman College Band (Tuscaloosa, A.L.) and Benedict College Marching Tiger Band of Distinction.

“We’re excited to welcome this event and visiting teams to Columbia, S.C. We love having the opportunity to be a part of the passion behind this project and work on an event that goes outside the box,” said Scott Powers, executive director of Experience Columbia SC Sports.

Tickets are now on sale to the public ranging from $20 to $300 and can be purchased at www.marchingchamps.com. Spectators will also be able to participate and cast their vote for the “People’s Choice” award. Ticket prices will go up day of the show.

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