ADDING MULTIMEDIA Show Details Revealed for the 10th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

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    ADDING MULTIMEDIA Show Details Revealed for the 10th
    Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

    2012 Showcase, themed ?The Homecoming,? to Feature a First-Ever
    Drumline Face-Off and a Re-Creation of HBCU ?Yard? Experience

    TORRANCE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
    Eight of the nation?s top Historically Black College and University
    (HBCU) marching bands are preparing to bring a show to Atlanta that will
    defy expectations. An audience of fans and followers expected to exceed
    60,000 will make a pilgrimage to the Georgia Dome to experience a
    musical extravaganza ? in the form of a black college ?homecoming? ? as
    the 10th anniversary Honda Battle of the Bands kicks off at
    3:00 p.m. on January 28, 2012.

    The Winston-Salem State University "Red Sea of Sound" marching band will take the field fifth at the ...

    The Winston-Salem State University “Red Sea of Sound” marching band will take the field fifth at the 2012 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, scheduled to take place January 28, 2012 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. They are one of eight Historically Black College and University bands that will perform at the upcoming 10th anniversary showcase. Other details like band performance order and a show additions released this week as HBCU band friends, fans and alumni snap up tickets in anticipation of this highly anticipated event. (Photo: Business Wire)

    To kick-off ?The Homecoming,? the bands will take the field promptly at
    3:00 p.m. EST for the highly anticipated 10th annual
    Invitational Showcase. The final eight showcase bands will perform in
    the following order:

    1. Jackson State University ?The Sonic Boom of the South? (facing press
    box)

    2. Virginia State University ?Trojan Explosion Marching Band? (away from
    press box)

    3. South Carolina State University Marching ?101? (facing press box)

    4. Albany State University ?Marching Rams Show Band? (away from press
    box)

    5. Winston-Salem State University ?Red Sea of Sound? (away press box)

    6. Tennessee State University ?Aristocrat of Bands? (facing press box)

    7. Prairie View A&M University ?Marching Storm? (away press box)

    8. Bethune Cookman University ?Marching Wildcats? (facing press box)

    New for the 10th anniversary Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB)
    and honoring a singular facet of HBCU culture, the 2012 showcase will
    kick-off with a rhythmic, first-ever ?drumline? showcase spotlighting
    the crowd-pleasing, heart-thumping drum sections of all eight marching
    bands.

    The eight selected bands have begun intensive preparations for their
    Georgia Dome performances. Each band will have 12 minutes to display the
    musical excellence, distinctive style and superior showmanship that
    earned them a place in the 2012 Invitational Showcase. The Showcase
    bands were chosen via online voting, with votes by fans, students and
    alumni accounting for one-third of the selection criteria, and votes by
    band directors and school presidents accounting for the balance of the
    selection process.

    The 10th anniversary HBOB themed ?The Homecoming,? is a
    culmination of ten years of tradition, and represents a legacy of
    fervent competition and commitment. ?When you say ?homecoming? to
    someone who attended an HBCU, it?s about a great deal more than just a
    football game,? said Barbara Ponce, Manager of Diversity Advertising for
    American Honda Motor Co., Inc. ?Homecoming means camaraderie, fellowship
    and a shared heritage, recalling where you came from and celebrating the
    role your school experience has played in making you who you are today.
    Capturing this homecoming spirit is our goal with this year?s Honda
    Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase.?

    In addition to reflecting on the 10th anniversary of HBOB as
    a call for all HBCU marching band alumni, current students and fans to
    attend this special anniversary showcase event, the homecoming theme
    also highlights the importance of the marching band culture and
    community to black college homecoming celebrations. Just as ?The Yard?
    on HBCU campuses serves as the community gathering place for all
    homecoming activities, the Georgia Dome will be transformed into ?The
    Honda Battle of the Bands Yard? to re-create the HBCU homecoming
    experience.

    Grants, Internships and More

    In addition to providing a platform for shining a spotlight on the
    successful music education programs at America?s HBCUs, HBOB is also the
    only national music scholarship program of its kind. For the 2012
    program, the 41 HBCU marching bands that participated in the
    ?Celebration Tour,? the pre-qualifying series of regional events, were
    each awarded a $1,000 grant for their music programs. An additional
    $20,000 is awarded to each of the eight institutions participating in
    the Invitational Showcase.

    For more information on the Invitational Showcase visit www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com,
    the official online destination and clearinghouse for all HBOB
    information. For downloadable, broadcast quality, video and
    high-resolution photos please go to epklink.com/hondabattleofthebands.
    Group and individual tickets for the show are still available, but are
    moving quickly. They can be purchased at the Georgia Dome Box Office,
    via www.Ticketmaster.com
    or www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com
    for just $10 and $12.

    Honda Battle of the Bands on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HondaBattleoftheBands
    Honda
    Battle of the Bands on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/the_honda
    Honda
    Battle of the Bands on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/hondabotb

    About Honda

    American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 1959 as the U.S. sales
    and marketing subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda
    currently produces automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles,
    lawn-care equipment and engines at its eleven major U.S. manufacturing
    operations, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda?s
    long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation?s
    Historically Black Colleges and Universities 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 nine
    years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.

    Photos/Multimedia?Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50080149&lang=en

    Contacts

    American Honda
    Erika Braxton-White, 310-783-3549
    erika_braxton-white@ahm.honda.com
    or
    Flowers
    Communications Group
    Ronald E. Childs, 312-228-8807
    rchilds@flowerscomm.com

    Source: American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

    Smart Multimedia Gallery

    Downloadable, broadcast quality video footage from the Honda Battle of the Bands Announcement Tour stop at Albany State University, one of eight Historically Black College and University bands slated to perform in the 10th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase scheduled for January 28, 2012 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

    Downloadable, broadcast quality video footage from the Honda Battle of the Bands Announcement Tour stop at Virginia State University, one of eight Historically Black College and University bands slated to perform in the 10th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase scheduled for January 28, 2012 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

    The Winston-Salem State University “Red Sea of Sound” marching band will take the field fifth at the 2012 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, scheduled to take place January 28, 2012 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. They are one of eight Historically Black College and University bands that will perform at the upcoming 10th anniversary showcase. Other details like band performance order and a show additions released this week as HBCU band friends, fans and alumni snap up tickets in anticipation of this highly anticipated event. (Photo: Business Wire)

    View this news release and multimedia online at:
    http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20111121005872/en