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Honda Selects HBCUs for Battle of the Bands Showcase

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2016 Honda Battle of the Bands at Georgia Dome in Atlanta

Bethune-Cookman performing at the 2016 HBOB

The eight marching bands from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have been chosen for this year’s Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase, which promises an epic afternoon of entertainment at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on January 28.

Honda is excited to have the final eight bands take the field at our fifteenth annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase,” said Alexandra Warnier, Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility for Honda. “We hope fans will join us for this milestone celebration that promises to deliver some fantastic performances.”

The HBCUs at HBOB include Alabama A&M University’s Marching Maroon & White,

Alabama State University’s Mighty Marching Hornets, Benedict College’s Marching Band of Distinction, Bethune-Cookman University’s Marching Wildcats, Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South, North Carolina A&T State University’s Blue and Gold Marching Machine, Texas Southern University’s Ocean of Soul, and Winston-Salem State University’s Red Sea of Sound.

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It’s the first appearance for the Marching Band of Distinction, which demonstrates the power of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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

If it’s anything like this highlight video from the 2016 event, also held at the Georgia Dome, attendees can expect dancing, twirling, hand-shaking, award-giving, and of course a dash of music and marching. That’s a lot of action-packed, Honda-sponsored entertainment for as low as $10 to get through the gates.

For more information on the 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands, visit

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Mary Crothers is the Internet Specialist at Basney Honda. She is a mother of 2 children with 4 grandkids. She also loves to travel and dance. She goes camping with her family in their RV along with her Golden Retriever puppy.