Honda‘s 2016 Battle of the Bands for HBCU Marching Bands

Honda is more than an automaker. Certainly, talking about new vehicle models like the 2017 Honda Accord Sedan is fun—and driving these cars is even better—but sometimes it is nice to take a step back and appreciate the other areas of our lives to which Honda contributes. For students in marching bands at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America, for example, Honda’s Battle of the Bands (HBOB) is a special opportunity to prove their musical muster. Equally fantastic, though, is the more than $200,000 in grant awards that participating marching bands can receive from Honda to put toward scholarships and equipment.

Aside from the financial awards from Honda that may go toward musical and academic purposes, the other big objective for marching bands in the HBOB is to make it to the Final 8. This year’s Final 8 included the Marching “101” of South Carolina State University, the Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite of Alcorn State University, and the Sonic Boom of the South from Jackson State University. But seeing as the over-arching purpose for Honda to sponsor the musical competition is to help bring attention to the talented marching bands at America’s HBCUs, every student who picks up an instrument and competes is already a winner.

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