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Prairie View A&M University Marching Band Emerges As a Winner
Honda Battle of the Bands Announces Showcase Line-Up for 2010

Prairie View, Texas, Nov. 9, 2009 -– Three months ago, 45 marching bands from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began the journey down the “Road to the Honda,” all competing for a spot in the 2010 Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase. Today, the Prairie View A&M University marching band, the Marching Storm, emerged victorious, earning a spot among the top HBCU Bands in the country. On January 30, 2010 they will be one of eight HBCU bands to perform for an excited crowd of 60,000 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and prove why they are among the best. Representing varied music and performance styles ranging from precision to high-stepping, the complete lineup of eight headlining bands are:

Albany State University “Marching Rams” (Albany, Georgia)
Clark Atlanta University “Mighty Marching Panthers” (Atlanta, Georgia)
Florida A&M University “Marching 100” (Tallahassee, Florida)
North Carolina Central University “Marching Sound Machine” (Durham, North Carolina)
Prairie View A&M University “Marching Storm” (Prairie View, Texas)
Southern University “Human Jukebox Marching Band” (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Tuskegee University “Marching Crimson Pipers” (Tuskegee, Alabama)
Virginia State University “Trojan Explosion Marching Band” (Petersburg, Virginia)

The Honda Battle of the Bands is the only event where the HBCU marching bands act as the show headliners. The Prairie View A&M University marching band, the Marching Storm will have the opportunity to perform for 12 minutes and showcase their musical skills, dancing talents and creativity. “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.”

Marking its eighth year, the Honda Battle of the Bands is the only national scholarship program that showcases an important facet of HBCU heritage and culture – music education. The eight winning band programs chosen to participate in this year’s Invitational Showcase will be awarded $20,000 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 Selection Process
Fondly referred to as “the Super Bowl for Black College Bands,” the Honda Battle of the Bands will welcome close to 2,000 of the nation’s finest student-musicians to the Georgia Dome in January. Judged by HBCU presidents, band directors and fans on their showmanship, musicianship and fan interaction, the eight bands were chosen from a group of 45 bands and competition was stiff. On-Line fan votes accounted for one third (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 Fox Music Experience
The Fox Music Experience is returning for the third year in a row. Designed as a unique music internship and immersion program, the Fox Music Experience works in conjunction with the Honda Battle of the Bands to help expose HBCU student musicians to the broader world of music and entertainment. The program, which launched three years ago, offers one lucky Invitational Showcase student musician the opportunity to spend a few weeks in the summer working on the Twentieth Century Fox studio lot in Los Angeles learning film and television music production first-hand. Students are selected by popular online vote. Band fans can go to www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com now through January 8th to vote for their favorite prospective intern.

The Honda Battle of the Bands web site (www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com) is the official online destination for all HBOB information including, Invitational Showcase updates, biographical information on the eight Showcase bands, information on the FOX MUSIC EXPERIENCE summer internship program, footage from 2009 performances and downloadable broadcast video and high resolution photos for media use and distribution.

Group and individual tickets to see the Marching Storm in action are on sale now, and can be purchased for $10-to-$12 by visiting www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com, through Ticketmaster or via the Georgia Dome box-office.

For more information about the program please visit www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com .

About the Marching Storm
For more than 30 years, the PVAMU Marching Storm has thrilled audiences with its musical artistry and unparalleled showmanship. Since its inception, the Marching Storm around the U.S. Under the direction of the late George C. Edwards, the band earned a reputation as one of America’s most skilled bands because of its outstanding performances and showmanship. During performances, the Marching Storm is joined by PVAMU’s renowned majorette team, The Black Foxes. In 2001, the Marching Storm performed in President George W. Bush’s Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. and was a featured performer in the 2004 Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day game. Known for its dynamic drumline percussion section, The Box, the band was featured in the Honda Battle of the Bands Showcase and in the 2006 ESSENCE Music Festival in Houston. In 2009, the Band made its debut performance in the Tournament of Roses Association Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, as the first band in the Tournament’s pilot program to include bands from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Noted band alumni include Terry Ellis of En Vogue and gospel singer Ricky LaFontaine of the Richard Smallwood Singers.
About Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University was founded in 1876 and is the second-oldest public institution of higher education in Texas. With an established reputation for producing engineers, business leaders, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degree programs through eight colleges and schools. The university recently named its College of Engineering in honor of PVAMU alumnus Roy G. Perry and the University’s marching band, The Marching Storm, was featured as the lead band in the 2009 Rose Parade. A member of The Texas A&M University System, the university is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service. During the university’s 132-year history, more than 53,500 academic degrees have been awarded. For more information regarding PVAMU, visit www.pvamu.edu.

About American Honda
Honda has a long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities that began more than 20 years ago with the establishment of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. American Honda established Honda Battle of the Bands eight years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.
Posted By: Jehan Bunch
Thursday, November 12th 2009 at 11:19AM
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