Marching Crimson Pipers Band to Participate in Honda Battle of the Bands for Seventh Year
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (November 10, 2009) – The Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Pipers Band was chosen to participate in the 2010 Honda Battle of the Bands. This is the band’s seventh trip in the eight years Honda has sponsored the showcase. It was up against 44 other Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ marching bands from around the country.
“We are delighted to receive the great news that our talented band has once again been invited to participate in this program,” said Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, Tuskegee University President. “They consistently give great performances on and off the football field.”
Warren Duncan, the Marching Crimson Pipers’ band director, said their invitation was undoubtedly made possible through the support of the institution’s administration, staff, students, alumni and friends.
“It is great to know that everyone feels that we are deserving enough to participate in this event for the seventh time,” Duncan said.
Other bands participating in this edition of the Battle of the Bands are: Albany State University “Marching Rams” (Albany, Ga.); Clark Atlanta University “Mighty Marching Panthers” (Atlanta, Ga.); Florida A&M University “Marching 100” (Tallahassee, Fla.); North Carolina Central University “Marching Sound Machine” (Durham, N.C.); Prairie View A&M University “Marching Storm” (Prairie View, Texas); Southern University “Human Jukebox Marching Band” (Baton Rouge, La.) and Virginia State University “Trojan Explosion Marching Band” (Petersburg, Va.).
“The Honda Battle of the Bands is designed to showcase the amazing talents of student musicians and celebrate the musical prowess represented at our nation’s HBCUs,” said Marc Burt, Senior Manager, Office of Inclusion and Diversity for American Honda. “This event is not only about entertainment, it’s also about highlighting the importance of music education and shining a spotlight on vital skills which are learned through band participation like effective communication and teamwork. Honda is proud and honored to be able to bring this enriching experience to every marcher on the field and every band fan in the stands.”
The eight winning band programs chosen to participate in this year’s “Invitational Showcase” will be awarded $20,000 each by American Honda for their music programs in addition to the $1,000 grant they received for participation in the pre-qualifying fall campus event tour. Through this program, Honda is awarding a total of $205,000 in scholarships to HBCU music programs for the 2009-10 academic year, and since the beginning of the program, has awarded grants in excess of $1 million.
The competition was judged by HBCU presidents, band directors and fans on their showmanship, musicianship and fan interaction. Online fan votes accounted for 1/3 of the selection criteria, with band directors’ and school presidents’ votes accounting for the remaining thirds. Band directors and school presidents were not allowed to vote for their own institutions.
The Battle of the Bands will be January 30, 2010, in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. For ticket information, go to www.hondabattleofthebands.com.