About HBOB

The Honda Battle of the Bands was created to celebrate, support and recognize the excellence of Black college marching bands and the unique academic experience offered by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Honda annually awards approximately $200,000 in grants to participating marching bands during the program period. This year marks a significant milestone – 15 years of the program’s existence!

Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

Eight bands are chosen to advance to the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase. The Invitational Showcase features musical performances from these eight HBCU marching bands.

The Power of Dreams

As a company that thrives on innovation, Honda understands the power dreams hold. Dreams guide us and inspire us to move forward. For Honda, it means creating innovative products that enhance mobility and benefit society. We embrace and support those who forge their dreams into a better future. More than 25 years, Honda has a long-standing commitment to supporting the success and dreams of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). With initiatives like the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge and Honda Battle of the Bands, we’ve been able to touch more than 120,000 students and award nearly $12 million in grants in support of HBCUs. Over the past 14 years, the Honda Battle of the Bands has been committed to supporting the dreams of HBCUs by investing in their music education programs and showcasing their exceptional student musicians. As we continue to prepare these students to “March On!” both on and off the field, we look forward to this special Invitational Showcase.

Map & Directions

Georgia Dome
One Georgia Dome Drive,
Atlanta, GA, 30313

The Dome is accessible by MARTA rail system via Vine City (Station W2) or the Dome (Station W1). Parking is at a premium on event days, so taking MARTA is recommended to avoid traffic.

MARTA Rail Access GWCC, Phillips, Dome Station (W1). To visit the official MARTA website to plan your trip to the Honda Battle of the Bands 2017, click here.



Preferred parking on Saturday. January 28, 2017 for the Recruitment Fair will be in the Yellow Lot located off Ivan Allen Blvd. and Northside Dr.

From the Yellow Lot walk South on Northside Drive toward the C-building and Georgia Dome to enter the C-building. Take the South set of escalators and follow the signs to the 300-level and the Georgia Ballroom.

Additional Parking is available in the Red Deck located on Andre Young Intl Blvd off of Centennial Olympic Park Dr.

From the Red Deck enter the B-building and follow signs to the C-building. Take the of escalators and follow the signs to the 300-level and the Georgia Ballroom.


On January 28th 2017, the Yellow Lot, Blue Lot and Red Deck will be open for event attendees. The Gold Deck will be closed.

All other parking lots will be open for event attendees, Yellow Lot, Blue Lot and Red Deck. Please follow all signs that direct to the Georgia Dome when exiting the parking structures.

Construction for the new world-class stadium could impact your route. For more information about how the event could be impacted, click here.


Georgia Dome Seating Chart

View sections and seating information for the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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Band Facing

View the direction the Final 8 bands will face when they perform in the Georgia Dome.

Alabama A&M
Alcorn State University
Bethune-Cookman University
Jackson State University
Lincoln University PA
Prairie View University
South Carolina State University
Tennessee State University

Recruitment Fair

Representatives from HBCUs were on hand to speak with thousands of prospective students at the 2016 Honda Battle of the Bands Recruitment Fair. Attendees learned valuable information about HBCU admission requirements and about requirements for joining an HBCU marching band. HBCU’s offer a variety of scholastic majors and opportunities in various fields, providing the ultimate academic and cultural college experience. See below for information about the 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands Recruitment Fair.

  • What

    HBCU Recruitment Fair

  • Where

    Georgia Ballroom
    Georgia World Congress Center

  • When

    Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date of the 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase?
The 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase will be held on January 28, 2017 at the Georgia Dome. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 3:00 p.m. Save the date and come share the excitement of HBOB’s 15th anniversary this year.

When can I purchase a ticket for the 2017 event?
Tickets are on sale now! For more information, visit www.hondabattleofthebands.com/tickets

When does voting end?
Voting for the 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase ends October 28, 2016, at midnight EDT.

Why aren't all HBCU marching bands listed in the section "The Bands"?
All HBCU marching bands are invited to participate in the 2016-2017 Honda Battle of the Bands program. The schools listed are the bands that have elected to participate this year.

How are the seating arrangements handled? Is it first-come, first-served or do tickets come with assigned seating? Also, what is the best section to sit in to view the competition?
Seats are reserved. Tickets start at $10. We choreograph the show so that everyone has a good view and we make sure that the music, excitement and exhilaration are there for all.

What is required in order for the bands to participate in the competition? Are bands required to perform certain musical pieces, routines, etc.? Is the performance scoring based on points per category?
HBOB is a showcase, not a competition, so there are no particular requirements. Creativity and showmanship are up to each individual band.

What can I take into the Dome?
Click here for what's allowed in the Dome.

How are the eight bands selected?
Four bands are selected through public online voting on our website www.hondabattleofthebands.com available until October 28, 2016 at midnight EDT. After the top four are determined, the next two bands with the most votes, and which have not participated in the Invitational Showcase on more than two occasions, will be selected. The last two bands will be selected by Honda and Urban Sports.

What is the format of the 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase?
Everyone who participates in the Honda Battle of the Bands is a winner. The audience benefits from a unique and exciting display of different music and performance styles.

When will HBOB showcase the best high school bands? I think it would be appropriate to let them perform in this event.
The uniqueness of the Honda Battle of the Bands is that it focuses on the various styles and excellence exhibited by the HBCU marching bands. We feel that our production should focus on these colleges.

Is there a DVD of this event?
Unfortunately, there are no plans for a 2017 Honda Battle of the Bands DVD. Video and pictures from the showcase will be available online after January 28, 2017.

How can I purchase tickets together for a large group?
All inquiries for ticket orders of 10 or more can contact the Aspire group at (404) 474-7505, email Alexis Jumper - ajumper@urbansportsgroup.net or David Naves - dnaves@urbansportsgroup.net to place an order.

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