2013 Honda Battle of the Bands Announces Showcase Bands

The polls have closed—the final eight bands in the Honda Battle of the Bands have been chosen to appear at the 2013 Invitational Showcase.

Congratulations to:

This is the 11th year of the event, which “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).”

In their sixth appearance, Albany State is the most experienced group this year. Alcorn State is a newcomer, appearing for the first time at the event in Atlanta, Georgia.

Showcase bands are chosen in a three level voting process. In Level One, one band is chosen at-large based on an online opinion poll. In Level Two, five bands are chosen—one from each participating athletic conference and one independent group.  Three voting groups are weighed equally in Level Three: online opinion poll, band directors, and university presidents. The two latter groups are not allowed to vote for their own schools. In Level Three the organizers choose two bands based on showmanship, musicianship and previous participation.

For more information, visit hondabattleofthebands.com.

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