- Dr. N. Jean Hudley, was named the 2017 HBCU Power of Dreams Award-winner. Dr. Hudley is the founder of Boys2Men Home & Sanctuary for Youth, Inc. (B2M), a nonprofit organization created to help underserved young men ages 13-25. Dr. Hudley was presented with a surprise grant to support her future endeavors.
- Multi-platinum recording artist, NE-YO, performed some of his top musical hits
- Surprise performance by Alabama A&M alumnus Ruben Studdard
- More 550,000 fans attended the Battel of the Bands in ATL
The Honda Battle of the Bands celebrated its 15th anniversary. The marching band event of the year for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) presented eight top marching bands with a national platform to display remarkable showmanship, precise instrumentation and carefully-crafted choreography, both live and streamed online. Each of the participating universities received grants to help fund and support their music education programs.
First-time, participant, Benedict College Marching Band of Distinction captured the crowd’s full attention with their powerful sound, even as the smallest band in the lineup. To conclude the display of dynamic musical talent, the final eight bands joined together on the field, over 1,600 musicians deep, for a captivating grand finale mass band medley.
This year’s Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase participants included:
- Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – 4th appearance
- Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – 5th appearance
- Alcorn State University, Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – 3rd appearance
- Benedict College, Marching Band of Distinction (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – 1st appearance
- Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 12th appearance
- North Carolina A&T State University, Blue and Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 5th appearance
- Texas Southern University, Ocean of Soul (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – 2nd appearance
- Winston-Salem State University, Red Sea of Sound (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) – 6th appearance
Honda has been committed to supporting the success and dreams of the nation’s HBCUs. Through initiatives like the Honda Battle of the Bands and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Honda has been able to touch the lives of more than 120,000 students and award $12 million in grants in support of education programs.
Fans can check out HBOB’s 15th anniversary journey and highlights from the Invitational Showcase on the official HBOB social media channels:
- Facebook – Facebook.com/HondaBattleoftheBands