Finalists Announced For ‘Battle Of The Bands’

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: November 15, 2007

LOS ANGELES — The curtain is all set to be raised once again for ten of America’s top Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands, as the sixth annual //<![CDATA[ u003cspan styleu003d”font-style:italic”> Honda Battle of the Bandsu003c/span>u003c/i>ngets ready to roll into Atlanta’snGeorgia Dome on January 26, 2008.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”> u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”>At center stage will be each band, their superstar drumnmajors, sultry dance teams and, of course, synchronized drumlines.  Allnwill be moving together in unison as Honda’s sixth annual showcasenprepares to bring down the house.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”> u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”>The u003ci>u003cspan styleu003d”font-style:italic”>Honda Battle of thenBandsu003c/span>u003c/i> Invitational Showcase continues to stand alone as “thenSuper Bowl for Black College Bands,” a singular showcase of ten Blackncollege marching bands in one place, at one time.  Now in its sixth year,nthe producers continue to keep it fresh by honoring a variety of music,nmarching and playing styles from various Historically Black College andnUniversity marching bands and incorporating themes that are relevant to thenAfrican American community.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”> u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”>The 2008 Invitational Showcase has a bevy of surprises innstore for fans of all ages.  The 10 bands, nominated from a field of 42nparticipating HBCUs during the fall u003ci>u003cspan styleu003d”font-style:italic”>CelebrationnTouru003c/span>u003c/i>, will tear the roof off of the Dome with all new routines,nscintillating choreography and contemporary R&B, funk, Hip-Hop, classicalnand jazz music stylings. u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”> u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”>”,1] ); //–> //]]> Honda Battle of the Bands gets ready to roll into Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on January 26, 2008.

At center stage will be each band, their superstar drum majors, sultry dance teams and, of course, synchronized drumlines. All will be moving together in unison as Honda’s sixth annual showcase prepares to bring down the house.

The Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase continues to stand alone as “the Super Bowl for Black College Bands,” a singular showcase of ten Black college marching bands in one place, at one time.

Now in its sixth year, the producers continue to keep it fresh by honoring a variety of music, marching and playing styles from various Historically Black College and University marching bands and incorporating themes that are relevant to the African American community.

The 2008 Invitational Showcase has a bevy of surprises in store for fans of all ages. The 10 bands, nominated from a field of 42 participating HBCUs during the fall Celebration Tour, will tear the roof off of the Dome with all new routines, scintillating choreography and contemporary R&B, funk, Hip-Hop, classical and jazz music stylings.

The lineup of colleges set to march at the Dome, in the largest and only national scholarship program showcasing the pageantry, heritage and showmanship of Black college bands for 2008 is:

Virginia State University and Shaw University, representing the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).

Bethune-Cookman College and Norfolk State University, representing the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

Tuskegee University and Albany State University, representing the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).

Texas Southern University and the University of Arkansas At Pine Bluff, representing the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).

North Carolina Central University and Winston-Salem State University, both independents.

Estimates are that more than 2,000 HBCU student-musicians will be spotlighted in this unique show. Four first-time bands are on tap to appear in the 2008 Invitational Showcase, they include: Shaw University Texas Southern, University of Arkansas At Pine Bluff and Winston-Salem State University.

“Bringing the //<![CDATA[ u003cspan styleu003d”font-style:italic”>HondanBattle of the Bandsu003c/span>u003c/i> to the big stage for the past five years hasnbeen our privilege,” said Marc Burt, Sr. manager, Office of Inclusion andnDiversity for American Honda.  “We’re proud to be associatednwith these students, with HBCUs, and with their music and academicnprograms.” u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”> u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”>HBCU commissioners, presidents, band directors and fansnjudged the 42 participating bands on showmanship, musicianship and fanninteraction during the u003ci>u003cspan styleu003d”font-style:italic”>Celebration Touru003c/span>u003c/i>,nwhich took place during this fall’s college football season.  Schoolnofficials were not permitted to vote for their own school.  u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”> u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”>As sponsor of the u003ci>u003cspan styleu003d”font-style:italic”>HondanBattle of the Bands,u003c/span>u003c/i> American Honda Motor Co. will award $142,000 inngrants to the HBCU bands.  All 42 institutions received a $1,000 grant forntheir performances during the Celebration Tour, whileu003ci>u003cspan styleu003d”font-style:italic”> eu003c/span>u003c/i>ach of the10 participating Invitational Showcase schoolsnadditionally will receive a $10,000 grant for their music programs’ scholarshipnfunds.  u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”> u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”>Fans, current HBCU students, alumni and administrators arenrapidly reserving tickets to witness the unique facet of American culture foundnonly in Black college music programs, and on display here like nowhere else.nTickets to the u003ci>u003cspan styleu003d”font-style:italic”>Honda Battle of the Bandsu003c/span>u003c/i>nare $10 for reserved seating, and can be purchased at Ticketmaster or via thenGeorgia Dome box-office.  “,1] ); //–> //]]> Honda Battle of the Bands to the big stage for the past five years has been our privilege,” said Marc Burt, Sr. manager, Office of Inclusion and Diversity for American Honda. “We’re proud to be associated with these students, with HBCUs, and with their music and academic programs.”

HBCU commissioners, presidents, band directors and fans judged the 42 participating bands on showmanship, musicianship and fan interaction during the Celebration Tour, which took place during this fall’s college football season. School officials were not permitted to vote for their own school.

As sponsor of the Honda Battle of the Bands, American Honda Motor Co. will award $142,000 in grants to the HBCU bands. All 42 institutions received a $1,000 grant for their performances during the Celebration Tour, while each of the10 participating Invitational Showcase schools additionally will receive a $10,000 grant for their music programs’ scholarship funds.

Fans, current HBCU students, alumni and administrators are rapidly reserving tickets to witness the unique facet of American culture found only in Black college music programs, and on display here like nowhere else. Tickets to the Honda Battle of the Bands are $10 for reserved seating, and can be purchased at Ticketmaster or via the Georgia Dome box-office.

//<![CDATA[ u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”> u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”>To learn more about the nation’s Black colleges, theirnmusic programs, scholarships and admissions requirements, interested highnschool students and their parents are invited to visit the u003ci>u003cspan styleu003d”font-style:italic”>Honda Battle Of the Bandsu003c/span>u003c/i> recruitmentnfair. The recruitment fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.,nthe day of the event, at the Georgian World Congressn Center.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”> u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”>Honda’s long-term commitment to the HBCUs was firstnmade more than 18 years ago when it established the Honda Campus All-StarnChallenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess ofnHBCU students.  For more information on the u003ci>u003cspan styleu003d”font-style:italic”>Honda Battle Of the Bandsu003c/span>u003c/i> visit u003ca hrefu003d”http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com/” targetu003d”_blank” onclicku003d”return top.js.OpenExtLink(window,event,this)”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>www.HondaBattleoftheBands.comu003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/a>.u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp alignu003d”center” styleu003d”text-align:center”>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial”> u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003cp>u003cfont sizeu003d”2″ faceu003d”Arial”>u003cspan styleu003d”font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial”> u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nnu003c/div>nnu003c/div>nnn”,0] ); //–> //]]>

To learn more about the nation’s Black colleges, their music programs, scholarships and admissions requirements, interested high school students and their parents are invited to visit the Honda Battle Of the Bands recruitment fair. The recruitment fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the day of the event, at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Honda’s long-term commitment to the HBCUs was first made more than 18 years ago when it established the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students.

NOTE: For more information on the Honda Battle Of the Bands visit www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com.