Photo (C) 2010 By Lionel Harris/Courtesy American Honda Motor Co.
The 12th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase will feature some of the nation’s best Historically Black College and University Marching Bands. Fans can now vote for their favorites at http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com/
This year, participating bands are separated into categories based on size; previously they were selected by athletic conference. Eight bands will be selected.
From the event website:
Voting: The first band will be selected by popular vote (i.e. the top overall vote-getter will be selected regardless of category).
The next three bands will be selected, one from each category by a weighted vote of 1/3 from institution president, band director and online opinion poll from category I, II and III. The categories being 128 instruments or less, 129 instruments up to 160 and 161 or more. This count is total instrument count, no auxiliaries, drum majors, etc. but will include percussion.
a. Online Opinion Poll from hondabattleofthebands.com – 1/3 weight
b. Band Directors Votes’* – 1/3 weight
c. Presidents Votes’* – 1/3 weight
Note: Band directors and presidents cannot vote for their own school.
Honda/USEG will select the final four bands based on, but not limited to:
b. Social Media Buzz
c. Years of previous participation in the Celebration Tour”
Voting concludes on October 9th, 2013 at midnight EST. The event will be held on January 25, 2014 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and tickets are on sale now on their website.
Typically, the weekend also features a dance line showcase, fan dance competitions, college and career info for prospective students, and gatherings of national band fraternities and sororities. Last year, Grammy Award-winning singer Brandy performed as headliner.
For more information, voting, and tickets, go to http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com/