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Students, alumni and fans of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) rocked the vote for an epic lineup of bands to perform in the 15th Anniversary Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase on Jan. 28 at the Georgia Dome.
The 2017 lineup features bands that have historically performed at the annual showcase, plus newcomers who are gearing up for their debut at the marching band event of the year. The following eight bands will perform at the 2017 HBOB Invitational Showcase celebration:
•Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White (Southwestern Athletic Conference), fourth appearance
•Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference), fifth appearance
•Benedict College, Marching Band of Distinction (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), first appearance
•Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), 12th appearance
•Jackson State University, Sonic Boom of the South (Southwestern Athletic Conference), eight appearance
•North Carolina A&T State University, Blue and Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), fifth appearance
•Texas Southern University, Ocean of Soul (Southwestern Athletic Conference), second appearance
•Winston-Salem State University, Red Sea of Sound (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association), sixth appearance
These 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 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. And as a thank-you to all the bands who participated in this year’s voting process, Honda will donate $1,000 to their respective schools’ music programs.
“Honda is excited to have the final eight bands take the field at our 15th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase,” said Alexandra Warnier, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility for Honda. “We hope fans will join us for this milestone celebration that promises to deliver some fantastic performances.”
Tickets to the HBOB Invitational Showcase are available on the official website starting at $10.
For more information, visit HondaBattleoftheBands.com.