The Honda Battle of the Bands

Also known as “HBOB” or ”The Honda,” the Honda Battle of the Bands is a unique music showcase that spotlights the amazing talents of student musicians who participate in the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) marching bands. This one-of-a-kind program highlights music education as an important facet of HBCU heritage and culture.

Each fall, more than 40 HBCU marching bands compete in the Celebration Tour for a chance to make it to the Invitational Showcase. Presidents, band directors and fans select eight winning bands to participate in the Invitational Showcase, held in January at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The eight bands are awarded $20,000 by Honda for their music programs, in addition to a $1,000 grant that all bands receive for their participation in the Celebration Tour. Through this program, Honda annually awards $244,000 in grants to HBCU music programs. Since the program’s inception 12 years ago, we’ve helped drum up more than $2 million in grant money for black colleges.

The 2014 Honda Battle of the Bands took place on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Find out more about the 2014 participants, and watch the live performances.

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