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adidas Presents Custom Footwear to Grambling State University’s Marching Band

World Famed Band to Sport Two Unique adidas Originals Designs at Honda Battle of the Bands

January 23, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University unveiled two exclusive sneaker designs developed by athletic apparel partner, adidas Originals, for the students of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band.

“We appreciate that our partners at adidas engage our students with meaningful experiences,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot, who formerly played percussion and guitar in the World Famed Tiger Marching Band. “Investments like this help position them for increased visibility on the world stage and expose them to unique career options in sportswear industry.”

The new Grambling State adidas sneakers come just days before the Band’s Atlanta performance in the 17th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, where they will go head-to-head against seven (7) other top-ranked HBCU marching bands.

“Throughout our partnership with adidas, they’ve continued to demonstrate a deep understanding of the unique needs of our athletes, including the Band, “said Dr. Nikole Roebuck, Director of Bands at Grambling State. “The sneaker design perfectly reflects the originality, imagination and pride that comes with being a Grambling State Tiger.”

One of the adidas designs displays the University’s official colors, black and gold, with a bold accent of red laces, the Grambling athletics logo on the ankle, and the Grambling State Tiger logo on the tongue. The other sneaker design has a classic feel with an all-white palette and features the Grambling State Tiger logo on the ankle.

“Students are at the heart of all partnerships and led this creative project”, said Martin Lemelle, Executive-Vice-President. Student leaders from the Band and the Orchesis Dance Company were invited to a marketing focus group with adidas executives to assist in designing the shoe last spring. “It’s rewarding to see their creativity realized through the release of this unique product.”

adidas continues to celebrate the vibrance of Black culture and partner in ways that advance HBCUs, including the recent partnership with the DTLR HBCU Tour. In 2019, the HBCU-forward Beyoncé invited Grambling State’s Marching Band to perform at her private activation party for the partnership between adidas and her athleisure line, Ivy Park. Months later, Grambling State’s campus hosted an adidas MakerLab experience where University homecoming attendees created custom adidas apparel items.

The new designs are exclusive to the World Famed Band, however a limited supply will be available for auction this spring. Grambling State fans are encouraged to follow @grambling1901 for updates on the forthcoming auction and more from the adidas partnership.

Supporters of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band are encouraged to follow the World Famed Tiger Marching Band and join the conversation surrounding this weekend’s Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase using #HBOB:

  • Facebook – @gramfamband &
  • Twitter – @gsuworldfamed & @The_Honda /
  • Instagram – @gsu_worldfamedband & @the_honda /

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About adidas Originals

Inspired by the rich sporting heritage of adidas – one of the world’s leading sports brands and a global designer and developer of athletic footwear and apparel – adidas Originals is a lifestyle brand founded in 2001. With the adidas archive at its foundation, adidas Originals continues to evolve the brand’s legacy through its commitment to product innovation and its ability to filter the creativity and courage found on courts and sporting arenas through the lens of contemporary youth culture. Marked by the iconic Trefoil logo that was first used in 1972 and championed by those that continue to shape and define creative culture, adidas Originals continues to lead the way as the pioneering sportswear brand for the street.

Grambling State Chosen as a Finalist in the 2020 Honda Battle of the Bands

World Famed Band Wins $20,000 Music Education Grant and Advances to Top Eight Competition

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GRAMBLING, La – October 28, 2019 – Grambling State’s World Famed Tiger Marching Band has been selected as a top eight finalist in the Honda Battle of the Bands. In addition to bringing home a $20,000 grant for the University’s music education program, the Band has landed a spot in the final competitive lineup at the 17th HBOB Invitational Showcase in Atlanta on January 25, 2020.

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Grambling State Competes for Honda Battle of the Bands, Voting Open

Band-feature-hondaOnline Voting Open September 30 to October 12, for GSU World-Famed Tiger Band Fans

GRAMBLING, LA – October 1, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced that it’s 93-year old World-Famed Tiger Marching Band will compete in the first round of the 2020 Honda Battle of the Band Competition. To make it to round two, “World-Famed” fans are encouraged to vote for Grambling State at   Continue reading

Grambling State Appoints Interim Engineering Technology Department Leadership

Notable Engineer and Associate Director of Bands Dr. Edwin Thomas to Head Growing Technology Program  

Thomas-Edwin-Headshot-squareGRAMBLING, LA– August 16, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced that Dr. Edwin Thomas will now lead the University’s Engineering Technology program which recently received new support from Governor Edwards and Louisiana Economic Development.  

“As our technology programs grow, it’s critical to ensure our students are connected with faculty who have the network and the knowledge to deliver a strong career start,” said President Rick Gallot. “From the band to the technology classroom, Dr. Thomas has proven to be a dedicated champion who leverages every opportunity to advance the lives of our students.” 

Dr. Thomas is an alumnus of Grambling State University and member of the academy for more than 30 years. After gaining his Bachelor of Science degree from GSU in 1978, he earned a Master’s in Industrial Technology from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA. Dr. Thomas returned home to Grambling State to earn his doctorate degree in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration, Supervision and Management. 

Since then, he has served as an expert consultant on home and plant design throughout Louisiana and served in several faculty positions. Dr. Thomas has also served as an advisor for the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. With numerous engineering certifications, include CAED from the University of Texas in Austin, and over 20 years of Industrial Engineering field experience, Dr. Thomas is well known for his leadership as a band director of the World Famed Tiger Marching Band.

The University’s Engineering Technology department offers concentrations in electronics engineering technology and drafting and design engineering technology leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology. Both programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC/ABET). A construction Engineering Technology concentration is also offered in the department. 

The University will launch a national search for a Head of the Engineering Technology program later this year. 

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About Grambling State University 

Grambling State University, located in Grambling Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 42 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit


GSU Spotlight: “Unc, I Want a Horn” –The World’s Newest Woman HBCU Band Director Started Her Band Career at Age 4

In honor of Grambling State University’s Band Camp, we’d like to share this “throwbuck” spotlight on how this one influential summer event changed the life of a Grambling State leader.

 image3“Every year from age 4 or 5, I attended band camp,” said Dr. Nikole Roebuck, the first woman director of Grambling State University’s World-Famed Tiger Marching Band. Dr. Roebuck is also the third woman in history to serve as Director of the Band at a historically black college and university (HBCU).

“For the first few years, they made me twirl the baton and march with the majorettes.”

“I remember this one day at camp sitting on the steps of Dunbar frustrated. I’m assuming someone had gone to find my Uncle to let him know what was going on,” Roebuck remembers. “[Her Uncle Joseph] comes outside to ask me what was wrong. My response was, ‘I don’t want to twirl the baton.’ When he asked, ‘Well what do you want you to do?’ I said, ‘Unc, I want a horn.’” Continue reading

First Woman Band Director Appointed at Grambling State

IG-SHARE-ROEBUCK-HeadshotDr. Nikole Roebuck to Lead as Director of Bands and Chair of the Department of Music

GRAMBLING, LA – May 31, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced Dr. Nikole Roebuck will lead as the University’s new Chair of the Department of Music and its first woman Director of Bands. Dr. Roebuck’s work will include overseeing operations for the World-Famed Tiger Marching Band which was recognized globally in April 2019 after performing for Beyoncé and Adidas. Continue reading