Countdown Begins for Honda Battle of the Bands

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By Hazel Scott/ASU

The countdown begins: 10​ ​days to the premier 2023 Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. It’s the first time that HBOB will bring the music and excitement to an HBCU campus.

At noon on February 18, six HBCU marching bands and dance teams will showcase their talents with high-energy performances at the ASU Stadium. The 2023 lineup is:
  • Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets
  • Langston University Marching Pride
  • Morgan State University Magnificent Marching Machine
  • Savannah State University Powerhouse of the South
  • Texas Southern University Ocean of Soul
  •  Virginia State University Trojan Explosion
Each team receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the HBOB Invitational Showcase, and each participating HBCU also will receive a $50,000 grant from Honda to support their music education programs. 

Celebrity Hosts

The star-studded ASU affair is being hosted by ASU alumnus and legendary comedian, author, television host and award-winning radio host Rickey Smiley; and Emmy and two-time NAACP Image Award-winning host, actress, author and comedian Loni Love.

Superstar and ASU alumnus 2 Chainz will take the stage for the halftime show, a celebration of the HBCU community and Black-American culture.

Connection Day-ish Precedes the 'Battle'

Current high school juniors and seniors, as well as prospective transfer students, will have an opportunity to take a closer look at ASU during the Spring Connection Day-ish College Fair. The Fair will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. along Harris Way, in front of the ASU Stadium. Parents also are encouraged to attend.  

Registered students will receive free tickets to the Honda Battle of the Bands. For more information or to register online, visit or contact ASU’s Office of Admissions at 334-229-4816.


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