A statement by the West Contra Costa Unified School District:
Kennedy High will host the Grambling State University World Famed Tiger Marching Band on Thursday afternoon as the renowned group prepares for their performance during halftime of its school’s football game against Cal this weekend.
Practice is scheduled to run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Kennedy High football field, with band members, faculty and staff taking time to interact with students who might be interested in attending Grambling State University (GSU), a historically black university located in northwest Louisiana.
WCCUSD and local non-profit For Richmond are sponsoring the band’s practice at Kennedy High School.
Performing at three Super Bowls, three presidential inaugurations in the United States and one in Liberia, and two Rose Bowl parades and appearing in several movies, television shows and commercials, the Tiger Marching Band is one of the most decorated college music groups in history. The high-stepping band is known for its high-energy routines that regularly keep the stands filled at halftime.
The band got its start in 1926 with 17 instruments from Sears and Roebuck. It now boasts nearly 200 musicians, dancers, and color guard.