Cheyney University's Soulful Sound Band featured in Philadelphia this weekend

Battle of the Bands Re-scheduled from Oct. 18 to Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m.

November 2, 2009

For Immediate Release
Contact: Antoinette Colón at 610-399-2121

CHEYNEY, PA (November 3, 2009) — Cheyney University of Pennsylvania’s Soulful Sound Band will be one of the four featured marching bands performing in the Battle of the Bands this weekend in Philadelphia.

Franklin Field, in the heart of Philadelphia, is the place to be on Sunday, Nov. 8th as Youth Education in the Arts brings the most entertaining show bands together in an afternoon of spirited family fun.

The Battle of the Bands begins at 1 p.m. and will showcase popular college and high school marching bands along with Cheyney University’s Soulful Sound Marching Band. Other featured scheduled performances will include: Howard University of Washington, D.C.; Morgan State University of Baltimore, Md.; Lincoln University of Lincoln University, Pa.

The marching spectacular, rescheduled from Oct. 18th due to inclement weather, will also include performances by select high school marching bands from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Co-sponsored by WDAS-FM and Power 99 FM, the show will be hosted by well-known radio personalities Eddie F and Shamara from Power 99 and Patty Jackson from WDAS-FM and will include live on-air broadcasts from the event.

“We are over the top that these popular marching bands and radio personalities will join us for this exciting event in downtown Philly,” said George Hopkins, CEO of Youth Education in the Arts. “It was unfortunate we had to reschedule, but as always, Youth Education in the Arts strives to provide the best experience possible for performers, family and fans. Changing the date was a prudent thing to do.”

Gates open at noon with tickets available by advance purchase, or at the gate. Tickets are $50 for VIP Premier Seating and $20 General Admission. Order tickets at or call the Battle of the Bands Ticket Hotline at 877-512-TUBA (8822), Ext. 125.

About Youth Education in the Arts:
Youth Education in the Arts, based in Allentown, Pa., is a not-for-profit organization, which supports the development of young people into magnificent human beings through participation in the arts. Among its programs are the Nine Time World Champion Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, the US Scholastic Band Association, Music is Cool, YEA! Leadership Clinics, and several community initiatives, YEA! works to create the best experience for members, supporters, and fans of marching music and pageantry events.

About Cheyney University of Pennsylvania:
Cheyney University is the nation’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education. It is also the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE.) Now celebrating its 26th year, PASSHE comprises Pennsylvania’s 14 public universities, with a combined enrollment of more than 112,500, making it the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. At its inception, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania successfully provided free classical education for qualified young people, and today the university offers baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 disciplines and six master’s degree programs. For more information, please visit the website at