The Marching Crimson Pipers
Warren Duncan, Director of Bands
"Jam Pipers Jam"
"We are the Marching Crimson Piper Band...and we are the Best Band in the Land!" This is the slogan of the exciting Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers (MCP).
As a part of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Tuskegee University Band Program consists of four band components:
Basketball Pep Band
The MCP have enjoyed a long history of excellence, including major appearances in the highly acclaimed Honda Battle of the Bands. This SIAC portion of the Annual Invitational Showcase is usually held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA and features Marching Bands from 10 participating Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's). The event attracts and thoroughly entertains nearly 65,000 fans.
The Honda Battle of the Bands program includes two components. The Celebration Tour provides an opportunity for 45 participating schools from around the country to earn a $1,000 grant for their halftime performances at selected football games during the fall.
At the end of the Tour, the 10 bands that demonstrate the most showmanship, musicianship and fan interaction will be invited to the Invitational Showcase. Each of the 10 schools selected will receive an additional funds toward its scholarship fund. The invitees will include the two top bands from each of the four HBCU athletic conferences (CIAA, SWAC, MEAC, SIAC) and two independent schools.
The selection process will be based solely on a three-tiered process. Thirty-three percent of the vote will be from the on-line fan voting at http://www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com . Thirty-three percent will be from the commissioners of the four conferences and school presidents, and thirty-three percent will be from the band directors. Commissioners, presidents and band directors are not allowed to vote for their own school(s). All on-line surveys must be completed and submitted by the deadline.
The Marching Crimson Pipers of Tuskegee University, under the Direction of Mr. Warren Duncan, are sure to bring a large number of fans to the Georgia Dome, which seems to fuel the Crimson Pipers' already dynamic program and performance.
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