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Brienna LaCoste (Flowers Communications Group)

Jaymie Robinson (Honda North America)

Honda Battle of the Bands Announces Atlanta Homecoming

Voting Now Open for Fans to Choose Which HBCU Marching Bands Will Perform at Invitational Showcase

Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) will return to Atlanta on Saturday, January 25, 2020 for dynamic performances by the nation's top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) marching bands and dance teams. Voting is now open for the public to choose their favorite marching bands to perform at the highly-anticipated return of the premier marching band event for HBCUs.

From now until midnight EDT on Saturday, October 12, fans can cast their votes daily to help determine which eight HBCU marching bands will wow the crowd with their musical arrangements, choreography and formations. To vote, visit

"HBOB was created to support the unique academic experience at HBCUs and honor the excellence of their marching bands. The program continues to help bring more visibility to these important academic institutions," said Steve Morikawa, vice president of Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility for American Honda. "We can't wait to get back to Atlanta to see what these bands have in store for the fans."

The 2020 Honda Battle of the Bands will be the 17th invitational showcase. This year's theme, Live the Dream, aims to inspire HBCU student musicians to create the life they envision for themselves. For many, this dream centers on music. Honda sees HBOB as a platform to help these students live their dreams.

Tickets for the HBOB invitational showcase will be available for purchase on October 5 at

To join the social media conversation, use #HBOB and visit the following social media handles for official updates:

About Honda and the HBCU Community
Honda is committed to supporting HBCUs by investing in their music education and academic programming while also providing platforms to showcase their exceptional students. Through Honda Battle of the Bands and the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, Honda has provided over $13 million in grants to HBCUs and touched the lives of more than 200,000 students over the past three decades.

About Honda Corporate Social Responsibility
Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda's involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at

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