A&T Marching Band to Perform at Lions Home Opener

Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes delivered a surprise message to the North Carolina A&T marching band.

The Blue and Gold Marching Machine will perform at halftime of the Lions’ home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Ford Field.

Holmes, a former Aggies football player, shared the news through a video message that was introduced by Dr. Kenneth Ruff, the Director of Bands at North Carolina A&T.

“What’s up, Aggie family? This is Brad Holmes, general manager of the Detroit Lions and proud North Carolina A&T alum. Dr. Ruff and I have some really big news for you,” Holmes told the band through a video. “On Sunday, September 11th, the Blue and Gold Marching Machine is going to perform at halftime at our game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field.

“You’re coming to Detroit,” he added. “I know you’re gonna put on a show for Detroit and make us all proud. Our passionate fanbase is One Pride and I can’t wait for them to see Aggie Pride.”


Holmes, who is one of seven Black general managers in the NFL, has been a strong advocate of the HBCU community. He graduated cum laude from A&T in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism and mass communication before working his way into the executive ranks of the NFL.

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