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 $205,000 in grants to participating marching bands during the program period. Honda Battle of the Bands is in its 12th year and we look forward to many more.

Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase
At the end of the Celebration Tour, eight bands advance to the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase. The Invitational Showcase features musical performances from these eight HBCU marching bands.
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live at the Atlanta Georgia Dome. 2014 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, January 25, 2014.
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Georgia Dome
1 Georgia Dome Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 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.

What is the date of the 2014 Honda Battle of the Bands?
The 2014 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase will be held on January 25, 2014 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 2014 event?
Tickets are on sale now! For more information visit

When does voting end?
Voting for the 2014 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase ends October 9, 2013 at midnight EST.

Why aren't all the schools from each conference listed in the section "The Bands"?
All HBCU marching bands are invited to participate in the 2013-2014 Honda Battle of the Bands program. The schools listed in each conference 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.

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.

Who won the 2013 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.

How are the bands selected?
The Honda Battle of the Bands program includes two components -- the Voting Process, which runs September through October 2013, and the Invitational Showcase on January 25, 2014.

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 – 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:

a. Showmanship
b. Social Media Buzz
c. Years of previous participation in the Celebration Tour

Is this Honda event going to be televised?
We won’t be televising the event, but from September to November 2013, you can check out the HBOB website for clips of your favorite bands along with highlights from the 2013 Invitational Showcase.

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 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, 2014.