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Check out the Marching Wildcats in a Monday Night Football Commercial on ESPN

If you are one of the few Americans not watching the national premier of Monday Night Football on Sept. 12, you may want to add it to your schedule – if only for a minute or so.

During Monday's half-hour pre-game show at 8:29 p.m., in front of 40 million viewers, the 46 members of the B-CU Marching Wildcats' percussion section will be showing their Wildcat pride in an ESPN commercial promoting the game between the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots.

The band will be split evenly, half dressed in Dolphins gear, the other half dressed as Pats and doing what they do best – making music.

The commercial was filmed on the B-CU campus in the University's state-of-the-art band room, deemed by the production crew as a perfect site for a commercial shoot.

Among their long list of recent accomplishments, the band has been featured on the "Ellen Degeneres Show," the movie "Drumline," a national Cadillac commercial and Super Bowl and Pro Bowl halftime shows

"We consider ourselves blessed," said Band Director Donavan Wells from his office this week. "We are always ready and we always answer the phone. It's the kids that go out there and do a great job that draws a lot of attention."

In addition to the exciting commercial opportunity, the entire Marching Wildcats band will be performing in the Jacksonville Jaguars halftime show on Oct. 2 and then in the for the nationally-televised Monday Night Football game in Tampa Bay on Oct. 3.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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