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2020 Honda Battle of the Bands Lineup Revealed

  • Eight HBCU marching bands selected to perform at 17th Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase
  • Over 1,800 band members to take the field in Atlanta on January 25, 2020
  • Tickets are on sale now

The votes are in and the top eight bands have been selected to perform at an epic 2020 Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB), the nation’s premier showcase for HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) marching bands and dance teams. HBCU marching band fans cast their votes to help choose the “final eight” bands, which will bring more than 1,800 student musicians and dancers to perform at the 17th HBOB Invitational Showcase on January 25, 2020 in Atlanta.

The 2020 HBOB Invitational Showcase will feature high-energy performances and showmanship from the following eight bands:

  • Benedict College, The Marching Tiger Band of Distinction (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – second appearance
  • Florida A&M University, Marching 100 (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – seventh appearance
  • Grambling State University, Tiger Marching Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – second appearance
  • Hampton University, The Marching Force (Big South Conference) – second appearance
  • Jackson State University, Sonic Boom of the South Marching Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – ninth appearance
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – seventh appearance
  • Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – ninth appearance
  • Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – ninth appearance

Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. The “final eight” bands were selected from among 38 bands that chose to participate through a voting process that included fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and Honda representatives. The four bands that received the highest number of votes automatically secured their spots in the lineup while the other four bands were selected by the HBOB committee.

Each of the eight bands will receive a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, as well as an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase.

“Marching bands are the cornerstone of HBCU culture, and through Honda Battle of the Bands, we are able to bring together students, alumni, fans and supporters in celebration of their incredible talents,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility for American Honda. “Honda congratulates all eight bands and we look forward to an inspiring day of entertainment, showmanship, and school spirit.”

Tickets for the HBOB Invitational Showcase start at just $10 and are available for purchase now on the official website. Fans can join the conversation using #HBOB and follow the final eight bands’ journey to the Invitational Showcase on official HBOB social media channels:

About Honda and the HBCU Community
Honda is committed to supporting HBCUs by investing in their music education and academic programming while also providing platforms to showcase their exceptional students. Through Honda Battle of the Bands and the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge academic quiz bowl, Honda has provided over $13 million in grants to HBCUs and touched the lives of more than 200,000 students over the past three decades.

About Honda Corporate Social Responsibility
For more than 60 years in the U.S., Honda has been committed to conducting its business in a sustainable manner and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. In addition, Honda strives to strengthen our communities in many ways, by giving back to society and the communities where its associates work and live. Accordingly, Honda believes in helping people reach their life’s potential through its focus on improving children’s health, inspiring underrepresented students and preserving the environment for future generations. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/.

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Honda Battle of the Bands Announces Atlanta Homecoming

Voting Now Open for Fans to Choose Which HBCU Marching Bands Will Perform at Invitational Showcase

Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) will return to Atlanta on Saturday, January 25, 2020 for dynamic performances by the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) marching bands and dance teams. Voting is now open for the public to choose their favorite marching bands to perform at the highly-anticipated return of the premier marching band event for HBCUs.

From now until midnight EDT on Saturday, October 12, fans can cast their votes daily to help determine which eight HBCU marching bands will wow the crowd with their musical arrangements, choreography and formations. To vote, visit HondaBattleoftheBands.com.

“HBOB was created to support the unique academic experience at HBCUs and honor the excellence of their marching bands. The program continues to help bring more visibility to these important academic institutions,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility for American Honda. “We can’t wait to get back to Atlanta to see what these bands have in store for the fans.”

The 2020 Honda Battle of the Bands will be the 17th invitational showcase. This year’s theme, Live the Dream, aims to inspire HBCU student musicians to create the life they envision for themselves. For many, this dream centers on music. Honda sees HBOB as a platform to help these students live their dreams.

Tickets for the HBOB invitational showcase will be available for purchase on October 5 at HondaBattleoftheBands.com.

To join the social media conversation, use #HBOB and visit the following social media handles for official updates:

About Honda and the HBCU Community
Honda is committed to supporting HBCUs by investing in their music education and academic programming while also providing platforms to showcase their exceptional students. Through Honda Battle of the Bands and the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, Honda has provided over $13 million in grants to HBCUs and touched the lives of more than 200,000 students over the past three decades.

About Honda Corporate Social Responsibility
Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/.

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Honda Battle of the Bands Announces Atlanta Homecoming

Voting Now Open for Fans to Choose Which HBCU Marching Bands Will Perform at Invitational Showcase

Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) will return to Atlanta on Saturday, January 25, 2020 for dynamic performances by the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) marching bands and dance teams. Voting is now open for the public to choose their favorite marching bands to perform at the highly-anticipated return of the premier marching band event for HBCUs.

From now until midnight EDT on Saturday, October 12, fans can cast their votes daily to help determine which eight HBCU marching bands will wow the crowd with their musical arrangements, choreography and formations. To vote, visit HondaBattleoftheBands.com.

“HBOB was created to support the unique academic experience at HBCUs and honor the excellence of their marching bands. The program continues to help bring more visibility to these important academic institutions,” said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility for American Honda. “We can’t wait to get back to Atlanta to see what these bands have in store for the fans.”

The 2020 Honda Battle of the Bands will be the 17th invitational showcase. This year’s theme, Live the Dream, aims to inspire HBCU student musicians to create the life they envision for themselves. For many, this dream centers on music. Honda sees HBOB as a platform to help these students live their dreams.

Tickets for the HBOB invitational showcase will be available for purchase on October 5 at HondaBattleoftheBands.com.

To join the social media conversation, use #HBOB and visit the following social media handles for official updates:

About Honda and the HBCU Community
Honda is committed to supporting HBCUs by investing in their music education and academic programming while also providing platforms to showcase their exceptional students. Through Honda Battle of the Bands and the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, Honda has provided over $13 million in grants to HBCUs and touched the lives of more than 200,000 students over the past three decades.

About Honda Corporate Social Responsibility
Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/.

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16th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Celebrates HBCU Culture and Marching Band Tradition

  • Event featured performances by eight Historically Black College and University marching bands
  • Brian “Blue” Smith, founder of the BlueHeart Foundation, was named the 2018 HBCU Power of Dreams Award winner for his service to the community
  • HBCU College Fair hosted over 7,000 attendees to discuss admissions and scholarship opportunities

A crowd of 62,000 fans, students and alumni took part in the 16th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase (HBOB) on Saturday, where they enjoyed spectacular performances by eight of the nation’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) marching bands and GRAMMY Award-winning R&B group 112. This year’s HBOB theme, “March On. Dream Together,” highlighted the distinctive culture of HBCU with a musical extravaganza of unparalleled musicianship, pageantry and camaraderie.

The show opened with a captivating musical salute to the U.S. military. All eight bands—more than 2,000 musicians and dancers in total—joined together on the field to honor all those who serve. Additional HBOB highlights included an energetic drum major tribute to the city of Atlanta, new music from 112’s latest album “Q Mike Slim Daron” and a show-stopping routine by the ever-popular Alabama State University Honey Beez.

This year’s Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase participants included:

  •  Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance
  • Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
  • Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance
  • Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance
  • Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
  • Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
  • Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance

The Invitational Showcase presented these marching bands with a national platform to display their talent, both live and streamed online. Each of the participating universities received grants to help support their music education programs.

Honda HBCU Power of Dreams Award Recognizes Individual Moving the HBCU Community Forward

For the fourth year, Honda honored an exceptional individual who has positively affected the lives of others in the community. Brian “Blue” Smith was named the 2018 Honda HBCU Power of Dreams Award winner. Smith is the founder of The BlueHeart Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to help fulfill basic needs in Montgomery, Ala. From delivering food to those in need to donating toys to children, Smith keeps the Foundation going using funds from his own pocket. Smith is an Alabama State University and Mighty Marching Hornets alum, who also volunteers his time to teach music at a local high school. Honda presented Smith with a surprise grant to help him continue his mission and positive impact in the community.

“We are pleased to honor Brian Smith with this award,” said Alexandra Warnier, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility for Honda. “His selflessness and humble approach to helping others is both inspiring and admirable. Brian truly embodies the power of dreams.”

HBCU College Fair Encourages High School Seniors to Think About College

In addition to the marching band performances at the 2018 Invitational Showcase, HBOB also included an HBCU College Fair to connect high school students with representatives from fifty-three HBCU schools. Designed to go beyond just exposing young people to the opportunities offered by HBCUs, the college fair enabled prospective college students to meet with marching band and admissions recruiters to discuss admissions requirements and scholarship opportunities. This year’s college fair hosted over 7,000 attendees, with more than 300 scholarships awarded.

Honda has been committed to supporting the success and dreams of the nation’s HBCUs. Through initiatives like the Honda Battle of the Bands and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Honda has been able to touch the lives of more than 120,000 students and award $12 million in grants in support of education programs.

For more information on HBOB, visit www.hondabattleofthebands.com. Fans can also check out HBOB’s 16th anniversary journey and highlights from the Invitational Showcase on the official HBOB social media channels:

Honda now gears up for Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), a unique academic tournament for HBCU students that showcases and recognizes their academic talents. The 2018 champion will be crowned at the National Championship Tournament in April. Visit www.hcasc.com for more details.

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Eight HBCU Bands “March On” to the 16th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

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A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase on January 27, 2018. The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band. The invitational showcase will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads who are ready to electrify the city of Atlanta.

With a mix of six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers, the eight bands slated to perform at the 2018 HBOB Invitational Showcase include:

  • Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance
  • Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
  • Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance
  • Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance
  • Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance
  • Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance
  • Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance

Honda invited all HBCU marching bands to participate in this year’s program. Of the 39 bands that elected to participate, the “final eight” bands were selected through a voting process that incorporates input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda. In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each of the final eight bands will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Invitational Showcase.

“The Honda Battle of the Bands exists to celebrate, support and recognize the excellence of HBCU marching bands by shedding a public light on a hallmark of HBCU culture,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations & Social Responsibility for American Honda. “The Invitational Showcase is a chance for thousands of talented young musicians to show off their teamwork and dedication with highly anticipated performances in front of a captive community of supporters. Honda is proud to continue to support the HBCU community.”

In addition to performances by the final eight bands, Honda will honor one special nominee with the fourth annual HBCU Power of Dreams Award. Students, alumni and fans are invited to nominate extraordinary individuals taking action and moving their HBCU communities forward. Nominations can be submitted online at hondabattleofthebands.com/power-of-dreams through October 31.

Group and individual tickets to the HBOB Invitational Showcase start at just $10 and are available for purchase now on the official website. Fans can follow the final eight bands’ road to the Invitational Showcase on official HBOB social media channels and join the conversation using #HBOB:

About Honda
Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future for society. Honda is also committed to making positive contributions to the communities where we do business, to socially responsible business practices and to the promotion of diversity in our workforce. From our involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to our support of pediatric brain tumor research, and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work.

Honda supports a variety of initiatives aimed at advancing education and creating experiences of discovery that help young people see and achieve their own dreams. Honda’s partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund is one of many programs demonstrating Honda’s commitment to the Latino community and to helping young people access The Power of Dreams.

The 16th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Returns to Rock Atlanta

Voting now open to help decide which HBCU marching bands will perform

  • “March On: Dream Together” theme for 2018 invitational showcase celebrates HBCU culture and community
  • Tickets on sale Oct. 16 at HondaBattleoftheBands.com

 

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Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) will make its highly-anticipated return to Atlanta on January 27, 2018, when eight marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) take the field to dazzle fans with their music, choreography and pageantry. The polls are now open for the public to vote for their favorite marching bands to perform in the 16th annual HBOB Invitational Showcase.

Beginning today, fans can visit http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com/the-bands and vote daily to help select the eight bands that will perform at the 2018 Invitational Showcase. Voting will close on Friday, October 20 at midnight Eastern.

“For more than 15 years, Honda Battle of the Bands has provided a stage for exceptional marching bands—a hallmark of HBCU culture,” said Stephan Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations & Social Responsibility for Honda. “Honda is honored to celebrate these student musicians and their teamwork, and we look forward to their dynamic performances come January.”

This year’s theme, March On: Dream Together, highlights the distinctive culture of HBCUs—both on and off the field. It is a culture that impacts and inspires far beyond its community. In addition to music education, HBOB celebrates everything from the rich history and traditions of HBCUs to the life-long connections that fuel future leaders.

In the last two years, the HBOB Invitational Showcase has attracted a combined audience of nearly 120,000 fans via the live show and online livestream. Tickets for the anticipated event start at $10 and will be available for purchase on October 16 at HondaBattleoftheBands.com.

In addition to the marching bands, the 2018 Invitational Showcase will also feature the fourth-annual HBCU Power of Dreams Award. Honda established the award to honor extraordinary individuals who are positively affecting the lives of others and moving the HBCU community forward. Members of the HBCU community will have the opportunity to nominate an exceptional individual who is making a difference in the community. Honda will recognize the winner in a ceremony during the event.

For more information on Honda Battle of the Bands and to buy tickets, visit www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com.  To join the social media conversation, use #HBOB and visit the following social media handles for official updates:

About Honda
Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future for society. Honda is also committed to making positive contributions to the communities where we do business, to socially responsible business practices and to the promotion of diversity in our workforce. From our involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to our support of pediatric brain tumor research, and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work.

Honda supports a variety of initiatives aimed at advancing education and creating experiences of discovery that help young people see and achieve their own dreams. Honda’s partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund is one of many programs demonstrating Honda’s commitment to the Latino community and to helping young people access The Power of Dreams.

55,000+ Fans Celebrate the Electrifying 15th Anniversary Honda Battle of the Bands

  • 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands featured eight Historically Black College and University marching bands that delivered awe-inspiring performances to a live Georgia Dome
  • Dr. N. Jean Hudley, founder of a non-profit for underserved young men, was named the 2017 HBCU Power of Dreams Award-winner, for her dedication to mentoring and service to her community
  • Multi-platinum recording artist, NE-YO, performed some of his top musical hits

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Fans from all over the world viewed a historic showcase of musical talent, as Honda Battle of the Bands celebrated its 15th anniversary. The marching band event of the year for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) presented eight top marching bands with a national platform to display remarkable showmanship, precise instrumentation and carefully-crafted choreography, both live and streamed online. Each of the participating universities received grants to help fund and support their music education programs.

Highlights of the Invitational Showcase included a surprise performance by Alabama A&M alumnus Ruben Studdard, a show-stopping routine by the Alabama State Honey Bees and a special laser light show to commemorate the 15 anniversary celebration. First-time participant, Benedict College Marching Band of Distinction captured the crowd’s full attention with their powerful sound, even as the smallest band in the lineup. To conclude the display of dynamic musical talent, the final eight bands joined together on the field, over 1,600 musicians deep, for a captivating grand finale mass band medley.

For the third year, Honda honored an exceptional individual who has positively affected the lives of others in the community. Dr. N. Jean Hudley was named the 2017 HBCU Power of Dreams Award winner. Dr. Hudley is the founder of Boys2Men Home & Sanctuary for Youth, Inc. (B2M), a nonprofit organization created to help underserved young men ages 13-25. Dr. Hudley was presented with a surprise grant to support her future endeavors.

“Dr. Hudley’s work is a shining example of how fostering the dreams of our youth strengthens communities and makes our world a better place,” said Alexandra Warnier, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility for Honda. “Honda’s long-standing partnership with the HBCU community is a testament to the power of dreams, and we’re proud to support the students that make this program such a success each and every year.”

More than 55,000 fans attended the Invitational Showcase. And with the help of the second annual HBOB live stream on CampusInsiders.com, the program expanded its reach to a global audience. #HBOB was the number two Twitter trending topic in the United States, helping to bring more visibility to the nation’s HBCUs.

This year’s Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase participants included:

  •  Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – 4th appearance
  • Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – 5th appearance
  • Alcorn State University, Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – 3rd appearance
  • Benedict College, Marching Band of Distinction (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – 1st appearance
  • Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 12th appearance
  • North Carolina A&T State University, Blue and Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 5th appearance
  • Texas Southern University, Ocean of Soul (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – 2nd appearance
  • Winston-Salem State University, Red Sea of Sound (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) – 6th appearance

Honda now gears up for Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), a unique academic tournament for HBCU students that showcases and recognizes their academic talents. The 2017 champion will be crowned at the National Championship Tournament in April. Visit www.hcasc.com for more details.

Honda has been committed to supporting the success and dreams of the nation’s HBCUs. Through initiatives like the Honda Battle of the Bands and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Honda has been able to touch the lives of more than 120,000 students and award $12 million in grants in support of education programs.

Fans can check out HBOB’s 15th anniversary journey and highlights from the Invitational Showcase on the official HBOB social media channels:

About Honda
Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future. Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, to socially responsible business practices and to the promotion of diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates – including environmental clean-up activities – Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at csr.honda.com.

Multi-Platinum Recording Artist NE-YO to Perform at the 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands

Tickets Available Now for the 15th Annual #HBOB Invitational Showcase

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Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter NE-YO will rock the stage at the Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase on January 28, 2017 in Atlanta, in celebration of the program’s 15th anniversary. NE-YO will join eight of the nation’s top marching bands from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), as they take the field at the Georgia Dome to perform one last time before the historic Atlanta stadium closes.

“I can’t wait to perform along with these talented student musicians,” said NE-YO. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this celebration of the HBCU community and culture, and I look forward to giving the fans a great show.”

“NE-YO is a great addition to the HBOB lineup,” said Alexandra Warnier, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility for Honda. “We’re excited to welcome him to the HBOB stage and know the audience will be thrilled by NE-YO’s special performance.”

The 2017 HBOB lineup features Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Alcorn State University, Benedict College, Bethune-Cookman University, North Carolina A&T State University, Texas Southern University and Winston-Salem State University. The Final 8 bands were selected through a process that included online fan voting, as well as feedback from band directors, HBCU school presidents and Honda representatives. Each of the eight HBCUs will receive a $20,000 grant from Honda in support of their music education programs.

Fans can follow each band’s journey on the official Honda Battle of the Bands social media channels and join the conversation using #HBOB.

Group and individual tickets to the Invitational Showcase are available for purchase on the official HBOB website, starting at only $10. For more information on the 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands and the HBCU Power of Dreams Award, visit HondaBattleoftheBands.com.

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Honda Battle of the Bands Returns to Celebrate 15th Anniversary

Polls Now Open for Fans to Vote for the Final Eight Bands to Perform in the Georgia Dome

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Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) is back and gearing up for its 15th annual Invitational Showcase that will be held on January 28, 2017 to spotlight the premier marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). As one of the final events held at the Georgia Dome before the stadium closes its doors forever, HBOB will give eight bands the opportunity to display their showmanship on the Dome’s field one last time.

Beginning today, fans can go online and vote daily to help secure a spot for their favorite HBCU bands to “March On” in Atlanta. Voting ends on October 28, 2016 at midnight Eastern. Tickets for the 2017 showcase start at $10 and are available now for purchase at HondaBattleoftheBands.com.

This year’s theme – “Celebrate the History, Create the Future” – encourages HBOB participants and fans to reflect on the amazing history of the program and the role HBCUs have played throughout the years in defining the notion of what’s possible.  The theme also calls attention to looking ahead to the future, and powering the creativity of next generation of HBCU students who excel on and off the field, in music education and other areas.

“Honda Battle of the Bands is a celebration of these exceptional HBCU student musicians,” said Alexandra Warnier, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility & American Honda Foundation. “For 14 years, we’ve witnessed an epic display of passion and talent, and Honda is proud to support these students and HBCUs both on and off the field.”

The 2017 Invitational Showcase will also feature the third annual Power of Dreams Award. Members of the HBCU community will have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding individual who is positively affecting the lives of others in the community.    Honda will recognize the winner during the Invitational Showcase.

Honda continues its commitment of over 25 years to the HBCU community, awarding nearly $12 million to support music and education initiatives primarily through the Honda Battle of the Bands and Honda Campus All- Star Challenge. Created in 2002 to honor and support the excellence of black college marching bands and the unique academic experience at HBCUs, HBOB continues to infuse new and exciting elements, including last year’s first-ever drumline showcase reaching audiences worldwide. The 2016 Invitational Showcase drew over 63,000 spectators to the event while reaching fans from all 50 U.S. states and 40 countries, with #HBOB reaching the top five trending topics on Twitter. Watch the 2016 HBOB highlights on Facebook and join the social media conversation using #HBOB:

For more information on Honda Battle of the Bands and to buy tickets to the Invitational Showcase, visitwww.HondaBattleoftheBands.com.

63,000+ Celebrate HBCU Marching Band Excellence at Honda Battle of the Bands for the Ages

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  • 2016 Honda Battle of the Bands featured eight top marching bands delivering dynamic performances in front of a near sell-out Georgia Dome crowd
  • #HBOB hits number two Twitter trending topic in the United States and #4 globally bringing incredible visibility to the nation’s HBCUs
  • Honda awarded more than $200,000 in institutional grants to participating colleges and universities
  • For the first time in its history, HBOB was live-streamed on Campus Insiders, reaching all 50 states and 40 countries
  • Middle school teacher Barbara Andrews, a South Carolina State University alumna, was named the 2016 Honda Power of Dreams Award winner for her dedication and service to her students and the HBCU community
  • Hometown legend Ludacris returned to HBOB to perform for the second time; Musiq Soulchild made a surprise guest performance

A near capacity crowd rocked the Georgia Dome at the 14th annual Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase. The annual marching band event for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) provided eight top marching bands with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver a dynamic performance on a national stage, while earning grants and positive attention for their respective institutions.

Highlights of the Invitational Showcase included dynamic mixes of music new and old, and dance choreography on a whole new level. Despite being one of the smallest bands and a first-time participant, the Lincoln University Orange Crush Roaring Lions dazzled the crowd with a bold performance and unique trumpet solo. Breathtakingly difficult formations defined the 2016 performances, including a #1 sign from Bethune-Cookman and an eye-of-the-storm hurricane from Prairie View. For the first time in Invitational Showcase history, in addition to a mass band featuring nearly 2,100 student musicians, all eight drumlines performed to close the show.

During the event, Honda honored Ms. Barbara Andrews, a middle school teacher and South Carolina State University alumna, for going above and beyond to support her students and community. In addition to supporting her own students, Ms. Andrews has raised awareness of lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, and supported South Carolina State University students impacted by the illness. As the 2016 Honda Power of Dreams Award winner, Ms. Andrews was presented with a surprise $15,000 grant on the field to support her dream of establishing a scholarship fund so students and families don’t have to choose between school and their medication.

“Ms. Andrews’ selfless dedication to her students, to her Alma Mater and to those in need is a true example of the spirit and strength of the HBCU community,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda. “Honda has supported the nation’s HBCUs for more than 25 years, and is proud that so many fans joined us to celebrate student musicians and academic excellence.”

This year’s HBOB participants included:

  • Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White
  • Alcorn State University, Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite
  • Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats
  • Jackson State University, Sonic Boom of the South
  • The Lincoln University (PA), Orange Crush Roaring Lions
  • Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm
  • South Carolina State University, Marching “101”
  • Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands

Honda now turns its attention to Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), a unique academic tournament that has impacted the lives of more than 100,000 HBCU students across 22 states. Student teams representing 48 HBCUs will gather in Southern California this April for the 27th annual HCASC National Championship Tournament. The 2016 champion will be crowned live on April 4 on www.hcasc.com.

Through HBOB and HCASC, Honda has awarded more than $10 million to support music and educational programs at America’s HBCUs.