Saturday, January 21, 2017

Honda Battle of the Bands has been celebrating HBCU marching bands for 15 years

ATLANTA, Georgia -- For Shomari Willis and his fellow Benedict College band mates, their Honda Battle of the Bands performance doesn’t begin when they take the field at the Georgia Dome. It begins the minute they arrive in Atlanta and step off the bus.

“You never know who will be watching,” he says.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to visit the Georgia Dome to watch as marching bands from historically black colleges and universities put their showmanship on display.

The Honda Battle of the Bands is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year with the theme “Celebrate the History, Create the Future.”

Eight bands will prance onto the field with the hopes of entertaining and inspiring on Jan. 28. R&B singer NeYo will perform during the showcase.

Bethune-Cookman University’s Marching Wildcats have been a part of that history for over a decade.

“In sports you have Super Bowls for football, the National Championship for Basketball and March Madness for College Basketball. For HBCU bands that’s what Honda is to us,” Donovan V. Wells, band director, said.


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