The Howard University “Showtime” Marching Band. (Howard University News Room)

The 3rd annual SHOWDOWN will bring seven nationally renowned HBCU marching percussion ensembles to St. Louis to battle it out for $10,000 for their school’s percussion programs. The 2012 ensembles include Central State(Ohio), Harris-Stowe State, Howard, Kentucky State, Langston, Lincoln and North Carolina A & T Universities. The competition will be hosted at Chaifetz Arena on Saturday, April 21.

The day will begin with a SHOWDOWN Parade on Market Street, which will feature guest HBCU drum lines as well as ensembles from across the region. At 11 a.m., the arena concourse doors will open for a free college recruitment/career/health/safety/crime prevention fair. At 1 p.m. the main stage doors will open for a 2 p.m. drum line battle.

The SHOWDOWN is presented by the Show-Me Sound Organization.

(St. Louis American)