TSU Aristocrat of Bands Seniors lead band to 16th Honda Battle of the Bands

A record number of votes helped select a dynamic lineup of marching bands from our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to perform at the 16th Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase on Saturday, January 27, 2018. The annual event is the culmination of the HBOB program, and provides a national platform to highlight a key element in the HBCU community and campus life – the marching band. The Invitational Showcase in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta, Georgia will feature extraordinary musicianship, sport and choreography from eight HBCU marching bands and dance squads. Honda will also honor one special nominee with the fourth annual HBCU Power of Dreams Award.

“The Honda Battle of the Bands exists to celebrate, support and recognize the excellence of HBCU marching bands by shedding a public light on a hallmark of HBCU culture,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations & Social Responsibility for American Honda. “The Invitational Showcase is a chance for thousands of talented young musicians to show off their teamwork and dedication with highly anticipated performances in front of a captive community of supporters. Honda is proud to continue to support the HBCU community.”

The six HBOB veteran bands and two newcomers are (alphabetically): Alabama A&M University, Marching Maroon & White Band (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – fifth appearance; Alabama State University, Mighty Marching Hornets (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance; Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – 13th appearance; Hampton University, The Marching Force (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – first appearance; Miles College, Purple Marching Machine (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) – first appearance; North Carolina A&T State University, Blue & Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) – sixth appearance; Prairie View A&M University, Marching Storm (Southwestern Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance; and Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Ohio Valley Athletic Conference) – eighth appearance.

Of the 39 HBCU marching bands bands that participated, the “final eight” were selected through a voting process that incorporated input from online fans, band directors, HBCU school presidents and representatives from American Honda. In addition to a $20,000 grant from Honda to support their music education program, each receives an all-expenses paid trip to the Showcase. Those expenses are in the neighborhood of a quarter of a million dollars for a large college band, as six busses, multiple hotel nights in a luxury hotel in downtown Atlanta, and three full daily meals for over 200 add up! Group and individual tickets to the HBOB Invitational Showcase start at just $10; available now on the official website. Follow the final eight bands’ road to the Showcase on official HBOB social media channels. Check with TSU for special seating and pricing to support the AoB

Congratulations to the TSU Aristocrat of Bands Seniors

Jaquierii ArdSaxophoneMusicMemphis, Tennessee
Kamau As-SalaamTrumpetHistoryEast Point, Georgia
John BakerTubaMechanical EngineeringEast Point, Georgia
David BattleBaritoneBiologySouthfield, Michigan
Joshua BoldenHornEnglishMemphis, Tennessee
Raney BoydClarinetAgricultural SciencesMemphis, Tennessee
Ryan BracyTubaBiologyW. Bloomfield, Mich.
Justin CampTrumpetAccountingLithonia, Georgia
Darla CanadyTrumpetCriminal JusticeBelleville, Illinois
Shemar ColemanBaritoneAgricultural SciencesElkton, Kentucky
Holland EalyClarinetMusicDecatur, Georgia
Cedric EvansTrumpetMusicDecatur, Georgia
Samuel FranklinPercussionHuman Performance & Sport ScienceMemphis, Tennessee
Cole GilbertClarinetHealth SciencesJonesboro, Georgia
Kelsea GreeneClarinetCardiorespiratory Care ScienceMemphis, Tennessee
Richard Hayes IIISaxophoneMusicSpringfield, Illinois
Courtney HenryTromboneBusiness AdministrationStone Mountain, GA
Kamari HollowayClarinetNursingDallas, Texas
Kyia JacksonClarinetPsychologyBirmingham, AL
Essence JamesTromboneHealth SciencesMemphis, Tennessee
Devonte JohnsonTromboneCriminal JusticeLittle Rock, Ark.
Katelyn JohnsonClarinetComputer ScienceDetroit, Michigan
Monique JohnsonClarinetPolitical ScienceChicago, Illinois
Norman JonesPercussionHealth SciencesMemphis, Tennessee
Sydney KilpatrickPercussionPsychologyDecatur, Georgia
Simone LancasterClarinetGraphic DesignDetroit, Michigan
Tatiana MadridPiccoloCommunicationEllenwood, Georgia
Brandon McGillDrum MajorMusicStone Mountain, GA
Owoche OdeyTrumpetMusicDoraville, Georgia
Kolawole OdumadeBaritoneMass CommunicationAtlanta, Georgia
Darien PhillipsSaxophoneCommercial MusicJonesboro, Georgia
Torian PriestlyPercussionMass CommunicationAtlanta, Georgia
Keith SailorTromboneBusiness AdministrationDecatur, Georgia
David SimmonsClarinetMusicSouthfield, Michigan
Cierra StreeterTrumpetHealth SciencesBirmingham, AL
Kenneth TurnerTubaHealth SciencesStockbridge, Georgia
Clenique WalkerTrumpetElectrical EngineeringLithonia, Georgia
Antonia WilliamsPiccoloChemistryIndianapolis, Indiana
Chandler WilsonClarinetEnglishJackson, Tennessee
Careema YoppClarinetCriminal JusticeDetroit, Michigan
Robert YoungPercussionCriminal JusticeBirmingham, AL