National Geographic and Watch The Bands Name the Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as the Winner of ‘All Hail The Queen: HBCU Band Tribute’

Virtual Marching Band Competition Winner Announcement Coincides With All Eight Episodes of GENIUS: ARETHA Dropping On Hulu Today, Aretha Franklin’s Birthday

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Watch the Winning Performance here:

National Geographic’s GENIUS: ARETHA Stars Double Oscar® Nominee Cynthia Erivo and Emmy® Award-Winning Courtney B. Vance

Judges Included GENIUS: ARETHA Cast Patrice Covington, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Malcolm Barrett, Choreographer Dondracio Johnson and Costume Designer Jennifer Bryan

March 25, 2021 02:15 PM Eastern Daylight Time

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Marking Aretha Franklin’s birthday today, National Geographic’s GENIUS: ARETHA and Watch The Bands, an online platform that focuses on preserving and promoting the marching band and dance culture of historically Black colleges and universities, announced the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Marching Band as the winner of “All Hail The Queen: HBCU Band Tribute.” The announcement also comes on the heels of all eight episodes of GENIUS: ARETHA becoming available on Hulu, beginning on March 25.

“here is a vocalist who, when performing, appears as if she’s doing exactly what she was put on this earth to do.”

The Hollywood Reporter

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Marching Band was awarded the $5,000 grand prize for their performance of one of Franklin’s greatest hits, “Freeway of Love.” “All Hail The Queen” was hosted by actor and producer Lance Gross, and their winning performance can be screened at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5X8fIGwAME

Competing bands also included Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University and Kentucky State University. Their performances were judged on their musical and visual presentation, creativity, auxiliary and percussion. Judges included GENIUS: ARETHA cast Patrice Covington, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Malcolm Barrett, choreographer Dondracio Johnson and costume designer Jennifer Bryan.