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 more than $200,000 in grants to participating marching bands during the program period.

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 is always challenging our associates to realize the “Power of Dreams.” For over 20 years, we’ve had a long-standing commitment to supporting the success of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). With initiatives like the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, we’ve been able to touch more than 100,000 students and award more than $7 million in grants. Over the past 13 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 another 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.

MARTA Rail Access GWCC, Philips, Dome Station (W1). To visit the official MARTA website, click here.

For the ticket office, general business or Dome tours on non-event days, you are welcome to park in the Gold Lot, located between the Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome on Northside Drive. Once in the Gold Lot, take the elevator on the Georgia Dome side to P1. Exit the elevator and look for the red Georgia Dome “Administration Entrance” awning. Parking is at a premium on event days, so taking MARTA is highly recommended. For complete information on MARTA visit itsmarta.com.

As the Atlanta Falcons, GWCCA and City of Atlanta begin construction on a new world-class stadium to replace the Georgia Dome, construction could impact your route to an event. For more information on how each event could be impacted, please click here.

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Georgia Dome Seating Chart

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Band Facing

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Alabama State University
Bethune-Cookman University
Howard University
Jackson State
North Carolina A&T
Southern University
Talladega College
Tennessee State University

Recruitment Fair

Representatives from HBCUs will be on hand to speak with thousands of prospective students at the 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands Recruitment Fair. Attendees learn valuable information about HBCU admission requirements and about requirements for joining an HBCU marching band. HBCUs offer a variety of scholastic majors and opportunities in various fields, providing the ultimate academic and cultural college experience.

  • What

    HBCU Recruitment Fair

  • Where

    Thomas Murphy Ballroom
    Georgia World Congress Center

  • When

    Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
    10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date of the 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase?
The 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase will be held on January 24, 2015 at the Georgia Dome. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 3:00 p.m. Save the date!

When can I purchase a ticket for the 2015 event?
Tickets are on sale now! For more information, visit www.hondabattleofthebands.com/tickets

When does voting end?
Voting for the 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase ends October 15, 2014, at midnight EST.

Why aren't all HBCU marching bands listed in the section "The Bands"?
All HBCU marching bands are invited to participate in the 2014-15 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.

Is this Honda event going to be televised?
We won’t be televising the event, but from September to November 2014, you can check out the HBOB website for clips of your favorite bands along with highlights from the 2014 Invitational Showcase.

How are the eight bands selected?
Four bands are selected through public online voting on our website www.hondabattleofthebands.com. 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.

Who won the 2014 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 2014 Honda Battle of the Bands DVD. Video and pictures from the showcase will be available online after January 25, 2015.

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