HISD Interim Superintendent, band students attend 2019 National Battle of the Bands

Two schools receive scholarships to fund instruments; students attend HBCU college fair

HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan and band students from seven HISD high schools were invited to attend the 2019 National Battle of the Bands competition Sunday at NRG Stadium, where Washington and Kashmere high schools received $1,000 each for their band programs.  

“I am truly honored to be at such a historic and powerful event,” Lathan said. “Historically black colleges and universities play a significant role in educating and developing young minds and the future leaders of tomorrow.” 

Over 300 Houston Independent School District high school students joined thousands of other area students to enjoy the competition’s performances, featuring eight collegiate marching bands representing historically black colleges and universities. HISD high school band students in attendance included Austin, North Forest, Northside, Sterling, Waltrip, Westbury, and Yates.  

“This is a great chance for our students to see what is at the next level,” Waltrip High School Band Director Jesse Espinosa said. “I hope this experience helps them understand that there is more beyond high school for them, and that there are plenty of opportunities available to them if they just apply themselves and their special talents.” 

Before the band competition, students had the opportunity to attend HBCU STEM college recruitment fair and meet with representatives from six of the nation’s top HBCU’s, including Alabama A&M University, Central State University, and Winston-Salem State University. Students brought transcripts and resumes to the college fair as some of the universities provided on-site admissions and scholarships. 

For more information on the Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores 2019 National Battle of the Bands, visit https://www.nationalbattleofthebands.com.