UAPB marching band finalist in Honda Invitational

The votes are in and the Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is one of eight of the top Historically Black College and University marching bands selected to perform at the 12th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase.

The Invitational Showcase will be held Jan. 25 at the Georgia Dome at Atlanta, where tens of thousands of HBCU marching band fans will converge for one of the nation’s most distinguished marching band events.

Widely known within the marching band community as “The Honda,” the Invitational Showcase is the culmination of the Honda Battle of the Bands, providing a national stage to highlight the distinct showmanship of HBCU marching bands. Other bands selected to perform are:

• Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White (Southwestern Athletic Conference)

• Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference)

• Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)

• Morehouse College, The Marching Maroon Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)

• North Carolina A&T University, Blue and Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)

• South Carolina State University, Marching 101 (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)

• Winston-Salem State University, The Red Sea of Sound (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association)

The eight HBCUs will receive a $20,000 grant from Honda for their music education programs, plus an all-expenses paid trip to Atlanta for the Invitational Showcase. The final eight bands were chosen through a voting process that incorporates feedback from online fan votes, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda.

“The Honda Battle of the Bands is a celebration of the unique HBCU marching band experience and culture,” said Gina Jorge, head of multicultural marketing for American Honda Motor Co. Inc. “The Invitational Showcase is a spectacular display of the results of months of dedication and preparation, and Honda is proud to continue to support our nation’s HBCU music education programs.”

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