At this years Honda’s Battle of the Bands eight college marching bands took to the field to see who will be the 2014 “Baddest Band in the Land”.  The eight HBCUs  received a $20,000 grant from Honda for their music education programs, plus an all-expense 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 Bands was hosted by Atlanta Radio Personality Ryan Cameron. During halftime fans also got a chance to see American rapper artist BIG SEAN take the field to perform a few hit singles.  Honda’s Marketing Dept hosted a 2014 Honda Civic Car Giveaway where fans had to submit an Online Video of themselves Singing.  Three lucky contestants were chosen as finalists, and the judges picked singer Antenica “Nica Nashae” Smith, of Kennesaw State University. Other fan activities included a DJ music battle between DJs Skillz and DJ Baby Yu. D. Woods a former member of Danity Kane [Bad Boy Records R&B Group] made an appearance

This year’s Battle of the Bands was special, for the first time, fans participated in a text-to-vote selection of the “Fan Favorite”. With an amazing performance, The North Carolina A&T University took home The Honda Battle of the Bands 12th annual Drum Trophy.

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· 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)

· University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Marching Musical Machine of the Mid-South (SWAC)

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

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