ASU prepares for 11th Annual Battle of the Bands

ASU Golden Rams Show Band

ASU Golden Rams Show Band

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany State University is among 32 of the nation's top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) marching bands vying for a spot in the 2013 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, presented by Verizon Wireless and SunTrust Bank.

Fans can begin voting immediately by visiting www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com through Oct. 25. The Invitational Showcase will be held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013.

In addition to the spirited musical performances and dance team choreography and pageantry, this year's Battle of the Bands offers fans a unique opportunity to create their own ultimate experience through a continually expanding digital and social media presence.

New for 2013, fans visiting the www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com website can enter for a chance to win a personally-customized trip to the 2013 Invitational Showcase and a chance to take home an all-new 2013 Honda Accord.

"Being considered for Honda Battle of the Bands is an honor in and of itself. It is the premier event for HBCU marching bands," said Michael Decuir, Albany State's band director. "We stand on the shoulders of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administration. To this end our goal is to always make them proud. We need your votes!"

The program kicks off with the Celebration Tour, which provides fans with a closer look at many of the HBCU bands vying for a spot in the 2013 Invitational Showcase. The 10-stop tour runs through November, including a stop at the Circle City Classic where visitors to the Honda booth can enter the Honda Battle of the Bands sweepstakes onsite.

For the 2013 program, ASU and 32 other bands participating in the Celebration Tour will receive a $1,000 grant for their music programs, with the final eight schools advancing to the Invitational Showcase receiving an additional $20,000 grant from Honda.

The final eight bands are chosen through a voting process incorporating online fan votes, band directors and the presidents of HBCU schools.


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