Honda Battle of the Bands

The Nation’s Premier Showcase for HBCU Marching Bands


Check out highlights from the electrifying 2023 showcase!


Honda made a commitment in 2003 to highlight the heart-stopping musical talent of HBCU marching bands. Since then, Honda Battle of the Bands has served as the blueprint for showcasing one of the most recognizable and celebrated examples of HBCU culture and tradition to the rest of the world.

HBOB continues to evolve into a platform built for and by the HBCU community. Known as the marching band homecoming event of the year, HBOB has hosted some of the greatest performances and moments in HBCU battle of the bands history.


“Honda Battle of the Bands is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that helps HBCU student musicians showcase their talent and discover their greatness, both on and off the field…”

- USA Today

“As band culture visibility continues to rise, so do the stakes at [Honda] Battle of the Bands. Everybody that gets into this… is the best of the best.”

- NBC News: The TODAY Show

“…The [Honda] Battle of the Bands remains an important celebration of black musical expression and band culture of H.B.C.U.s.”

- The New York Times

“…The HBCU experience wouldn’t be complete without seeing some of the best bands in the world compete at halftime during college football season. It’s one of the reasons that the Honda Battle of the Bands has been around…”

- Andscape

Drive the Legacy

From a four-part docuseries to the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, see how Honda is driving the legacy of HBCUs.