SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
Fans, students and alumni packed the Georgia Dome in Atlanta last Saturday to witness performances by eight of the nation’s top marching bands from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) at the one-of-a-kind “House Party,” known as the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase.
The Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats band was again in that number.
Other bands showing pageantry and musicianship were Albany State University, Alcorn State University, Edward Waters College, Jackson State University, North Carolina A&T University, Tennessee State University and Winston-Salem State University.
This year’s showcase included a performance by Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Brandy and American dance music singer and songwriter Crystal Waters.
The Honda Battle of the Bands, presented by Verizon Wireless and official banking sponsor SunTrust Bank, celebrated its 11th annual Invitational Showcase.
“The Honda Battle of the Bands not only provides a national stage to showcase the talent of these outstanding student musicians, but also the success of the music education programs at each school,” said Marc Burt, assistant vice president, of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Honda is honored to support these programs with grants that each school receives for participating in the program.”
$20,000 for each band
The Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase is the largest and most popular music event of its kind. Widely known to fans as “The Honda,” the showcase not only serves as a platform to highlight and celebrate the heritage and showmanship of HBCU marching bands, but also stands as the only national music scholarship program dedicated to supporting HBCU music education programs.
The eight qualifying marching bands each earned a $20,000 grant for their school’s music education programs, along with an all-expense paid trip to perform at the Invitational Showcase in Atlanta.
For more information on the Honda Battle of the Bands program and the Invitational Showcase, visit www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com.