TSU Aristocrat of Bands among Final Eight in Honda Invitational

The TSU Aristocrat of Bands in script "tsu" logo formation in Atlanta's Georgia Dome at 2012 Honda Battle of the Bands.    photo Cass Teague

The TSU Aristocrat of Bands in script “tsu” logo formation in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome at 2012 Honda Battle of the Bands. photo Cass Teague

The Aristocrat of Bands from Tennessee State University is making a triumphant return to Atlanta, Ga. for the Honda Battle of the Bands as one of the eight most prestigious marching bands from America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. They have been selected to take the Georgia Dome by storm with their incredible musical talent and electrifying showmanship in the 2015 Invitational Showcase on January 24.

To date, the Aristocrat of Bands has appeared five times at the annual showcase in Atlanta beginning in 2003. They subsequently appeared in 2004, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

For 13 consecutive years, the Honda Battle of the Bands has provided the nation’s top HBCU marching bands a platform to share their unique blend of musicianship and choreography with millions of fans. This year’s theme, ‘March On,’ serves as a reminder to students and fans that life on and off the field is a journey. No matter the challenge, the dream or what may lie ahead, learning never stops as long as you commit to ‘March On.’

“Honda is deeply committed to supporting the dreams of HBCU students by investing in their education and showcasing exceptional student musicians,” said Stephan Morikawa, assistant vice president, Corporate Community Relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “As we continue to prepare our participating band members to March On, both on the field and in life, we look forward to a thrilling and uplifting event in Atlanta.”

The 2015 Invitational Showcase will feature the first-ever Honda Battle of the Bands Power of Dreams Award. Each participating team will have the opportunity to nominate an outstanding member of their community who is working to help students achieve their dreams. Honda will then select a winner who will be recognized in Atlanta at the 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase.
For more information on the 2015 Honda Battle of the Bands, visit the website at HondaBattleoftheBands.com

In the fall of 1946, after six weeks of practice, a 100-piece marching band took to the field at the Tennessee State University and a tradition of excellence was born. Since its inception, the band has grown into a premier university band, including a group of vivacious majorettes, The Sophisticated Ladies, who enhance the dynamic style and sounds of The Aristocrat of Bands. With a unique style and versatility, the band performs nationally in parades and at NFL half time shows. Most notably, the Aristocrats have performed for three presidential inaugurations, and in 1961 (becoming the first HBCU band to march in a Presidential Inaugural parade), including 1993 and 1997. Students who achieve membership in The Aristocrat of Bands adhere to high standards of excellence on and off the field.

The Final Eight include:
Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets
Bethune- Cookman University Marching Wildcats
Howard University Showtime Marching Band
Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South
North Carolina A&T State University Blue and Gold Marching Machine
Southern University Human Jukebox
Talladega College Marching Tornado Band
Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands