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Three months ago, 45 marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began the journey down the “Road to the Honda,” all competing for a spot in the 2010 Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase.
Out of 45 competing marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), eight have been chosen to perform in January at the 2010 Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase.
Representing varied music and performance styles ranging from precision to high-stepping, the eight headlining bands are:
• Albany State University “Marching Rams” (Albany, Georgia)
• Clark Atlanta University “Mighty Marching Panthers” (Atlanta, Georgia)
• Florida A&M University “Marching 100” (Tallahassee, Florida)
• North Carolina Central University “Marching Sound Machine” (Durham, North Carolina)
• Prairie View A&M University “Marching Storm” (Prairie View, Texas)
• Southern University “Human Jukebox Marching Band” (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
• Tuskegee University “Marching Crimson Pipers” (Tuskegee, Alabama)
• Virginia State University “Trojan Explosion Marching Band” (Petersburg, Virginia)
On January 30, 2010, the bands will perform for a crowd of 60,000 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and prove why they are the best of the best.
Marking its eighth year, the Honda Battle of the Bands is the only national scholarship program that showcases an important facet of HBCU heritage and culture – music education.
The eight winning band programs chosen to participate in this year’s Invitational Showcase will be awarded $20,000 by American Honda for their music programs in addition to the $1,000 grant they received for participation in the pre-qualifying fall campus event tour. Through this program Honda is awarding a total of $205,000 in scholarships to HBCU music programs for the 2009-10 academic year, and since the beginning of the program, has awarded grants in excess of $1 million.
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Top HBCU Marching Band Ensembles Prepare for the Seventh Annual Invitational Showcase
The stage is now set for the seventh annual Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase ( www.hondabattleofthebands.com) scheduled to take place Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Ten Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands have been chosen to participate in the 2009 Invitational Showcase through a combination of online voting by fans and a selection process involving HBCU band directors and university presidents. Fine-tuning their instruments, practicing their drum major acrobatics and choreographing the dance team’s routines all in preparation to “stomp at the Dome,” the 2009 lineup includes:
-Virginia State University and Fayetteville State University, representing the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA);
-Florida A&M University and North Carolina A&T State University, representing the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC);
-Tuskegee University and Kentucky State University, representing the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC); and
-Jackson State University and Texas Southern University, representing the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC);
-North Carolina Central University and Edward Waters College, both independents.
HBOB is the largest and only national scholarship program that showcases the proud heritage of HBCU college marching bands. As an annual, national scholarship program emphasizing music education, the ten bands selected to participate in this year’s Invitational Showcase will be awarded $20,000 by American Honda for their music scholarship programs–a $10,000 increase over last year. They also will receive an additional $1,000 grant for their participation in the Celebration Tour, HBOB’s pre-qualifying event series. In total, $244,000 in scholarship monies will be granted to HBCU music programs through this program for 2008-09.
The 2009 Invitational Showcase will continue its legacy and distinction as “the Super Bowl for Black College Bands” when it welcomes more than 2,200 HBCU student-musicians to the Georgia Dome in January. This year Honda Battle of the Bands welcomes four new bands and looks forward with anticipation to the return of HBOB’s longest running participant, Virginia State University, and the goliath of all marching bands — 440 member-strong Florida A&M University. This year’s show, filled with HBCU pageantry and tradition, is sure to be one for the history books as world-class musicianship, show-stopping drum majors, scintillating dance teams and syncopated drum lines come together with one basic goal in mind: To win the crowd.
“The Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase not only celebrates the pageantry and showmanship of America’s HBCUs, but also works to expose people, young and old, to the power and importance of music and higher education,” said Marc Burt, Senior Manager, Office of Inclusion and Diversity for American Honda. “Music education has been shown to have a strong correlation with high academic achievement, and American Honda has been humbled to bring an event that combines both. Our overarching objective is that this program continues to grow in stature and significance.”
HBCU Recruitment Fair
The Honda Battle of Bands HBCU Recruitment Fair will return this year for the fourth year in a row. This event, held prior to the main event in the Georgia World Congress Center, presents young people with the opportunity to meet with marching band and admissions recruiters from all around the country to discuss their unique music programs and distribute information about admissions requirements, academic programs and scholarship opportunities. Last year thirty-four schools exhibited and nearly 2,000 young people attended.
Interested high school students and their parents are welcome to visit the Honda Battle of Bands HBCU Recruitment Fair from 10:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. the day of the event to learn more about the nation’s black colleges, their music programs, scholarships and admissions requirements.
Tickets to this highly anticipated family event are on sale now and can be purchased for $10-$12 on www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com, through Ticketmaster or via the Georgia Dome box-office.
For downloadable broadcast video and high resolution photos of the 2008 Invitational Showcase, or more information on the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase bands, visit www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 1959 as the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda currently produces automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft, lawn mowers and engines at its eleven major U.S. manufacturing operations, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda has a long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities that began more than 19 years ago with the establishment of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. American Honda established Honda Battle of the Bands seven years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.
SOURCE: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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