High school students who wish to attend an historically black college, and who have an interest in music, may want to consider enrolling at Prairie View A&M University. The school boasts Marching Storm, a marching band, drum line and majorette program that performs theme-oriented halftime pageants, as well as professional events, according to the university.
The nationally recognized Marching Storm, and their dance troupe, the Black Foxes, has had the privilege of performing for a wide range of audiences and venues. The band has participated in high-profile events such as the inaugural parades of George W. Bush, Jr., when he took offices of Governor of Texas and President of the U.S., the Tournament of Roses Parade in California, the Battle of the Flowers Parade in Texas, the opening of Houston's Reliant Stadium and a live nationally televised audience on CBS's "The Early Show" in January 2001, according to the Texas State Historical Association.
As a result of its past success, the Storm were selected through a nationwide vote to participate in the annual Honda Battle of the Bands for three consecutive years. In July of 2006, the Storm also performed during the annual ESSENCE Music Festival held in Reliant Stadium.
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