Tuskegee Returns to Honda Battle of the Bands


 The Tuskegee University Marching Crimson Piper Band is set to drum up excitement at the Sixth Annual Honda Battle of the Bands at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Jan. 26, 2008. The ensemble is one of 10 bands chosen from 42 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S. The preliminary round of competition was held September through November.       

The Battle of the Bands bills itself as the "Super Bowl for Black College Bands," with a variety of schools showcasing their unique talents. The program provides a total of $142,000 in grants to participating marching bands during the competition period.
"Bringing the Honda Battle of the Bands to the big stage over the past five years now has been our privilege," said Marc Burt, senior manager of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity for America Honda, in a statement. "We're proud to be associated with these students, with HBCUs and with their music and academic programs as well."           
This is Tuskegee's fifth appearance in the showcase. The band program, like all entrants in the "battle," has received a $10,000 grant each participating year. In addition to Tuskegee, participating schools include: Albany State University, Bethune-Cookman College, Norfolk University, North Carolina Central University, Shaw University, Texas Southern University, University of Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Virginia State University and Winston-Salem State University.
"We are very pleased to be back," said Warren Duncan, director of bands at Tuskegee. "We hope to represent Tuskegee in our usual, traditional way. Of course, we want to be entertaining and innovative, as always."
A DVD of invitational round performances, "Stompin' at the Dome," is now on sale for $14.99. The Honda film is an up-close look at the participating bands' musical maneuvers. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the schools' respective music programs. The DVD can be ordered from the Honda Battle of the Bands Web site www.hondabattleofthebands.com.
Tickets for the Battle of the Bands can be purchased for $10 at Ticketmaster or the Georgia Dome box office. Preceding the event is a college recruitment fair scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center.

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