Fourth Annual Honda Battle of the Bands

Crowd-pleasing dance teams, high-stepping drum majors, precision drumlines and roaring brass sections. These are among the many facets of black college marching band culture, and fans of all ages are sure to be rocking the south as the 2006 Honda Battle of the Bands rolls into Atlanta's Georgia Dome, January 28th.

A bevy of surprises are in store as the acclaimed annual showcase promisesto bring down the house for its fourth consecutive year. Ten show-stopping Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands, including 2 first-time bands, nominated from a field of 41 participating HBCUs during the fall Celebration Tour, have now been selected and are preparing to perform at the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase.

As they take the field, these top bands will bring fresh routines, riveting choreography and contemporary song selections ranging from the best in R&B, funk, Hip-Hop, classical and jazz -- something for every generation. The lineup of colleges now set to march on the Dome in the largest and only national scholarship program showcasing the pageantry, heritage and showmanship of black college bands is:

-- Jackson State University (1st time participant) and Prairie View A&M University, representing the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC);

-- North Carolina Central University and Virginia State University, representing the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA);

-- Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman College, representing the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC);

-- Clark Atlanta University and Tuskegee University, representing the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC); and

-- Central State University (1st time participant) and Langston University, both independents.

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