Winston-Salem State University’s The Red Sea of Sound and N.C. A&T State University’s Blue and Gold Marching Machine are gearing up for the 11th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase.
Tens of thousands of HBCU alumni and marching band fans will make the journey to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on Jan. 26, 2013 to witness the spectacular display of music, choreography and showmanship in one of the largest marching band showcases in the nation.
In all, eight bands from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were selected via public voting to take part. The other participants are: Albany State University’s Marching Rams; Alcorn State University’s The Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite; Bethune-Cookman University’s Marching Wildcats; Edward Waters College’s Triple Threat Marching Band; Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South and Tennessee State University’s Aristocrat of Bands. Each band will have 12 minutes to showcase their musical excellence, distinctive style and superior showmanship.
In addition to all-expenses-paid trips to Atlanta, each participating band will receive $20,000 for their school’s music education programs.
“The Honda Battle of the Bands is a truly unique event that celebrates and affirms the great tradition of the HBCU marching band experience and the incredibly positive impact that these programs have on the lives of young people, their schools and surrounding communities,” said Marc Burt, assistant vice president of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “As we continue into our eleventh year, Honda is happy to support these music education programs and looks forward to another amazing Invitational Showcase.”
Learn more about the event, including about how to purchase tickets, at www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com.