Jacksonville High School’s marching band will be one of the featured bands in New Orleans at Southern University and Grambling State University that have launched a new program as part of the 39th Annual Bayou Classic to host a visiting band and dance team annually for the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by State Farm.
Launched this year, the "Future of HBCU Talent" program recognizes one high school band and dance team from outside of Louisiana.
This year’s "Future of HBCU Talent" high school band is the Jacksonville Red Devils Marching Band. The award-winning marching band has been voted best band with the most spirit in Arkansas twice through a statewide poll.
This year’s "Future of HBCU Talent" dance team is from Olive Branch, Miss.
The Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Day Parade, presented by State Farm, will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.