Cheyney University's "Soulful Sound" Marching Band Competes in Honda Battle of the Bands

September 13, 2013

Cheyney University's Soulful Sound Marching Band hopes voters will put them on the map in the 2013-2014  Honda Battle of the Bands going on now through October 9, 2013. This year, Honda has re-structured the contest so that colleges with smaller bands, such as Cheyney University, have a chance at making it to the big stage. The final eight bands are chosen through a voting process incorporating online fan votes, band directors, the presidents of HBCU schools and representatives from American Honda. 

For the eight participating bands, the journey to the Invitational Showcase involves months of intense practice and training, all in preparation for their Georgia Dome performance, where each band will have 12 action-packed minutes to showcase the musical excellence, distinctive style and superior showmanship that earned them a place in the 2013 Invitational Showcase.

“The Honda Battle of the Bands is a truly unique event that celebrates and affirms the great tradition of the HBCU marching band experience and the incredibly positive impact that these programs have on the lives of young people, their schools and surrounding communities,” said Marc Burt, assistant vice president, Office of Inclusion and Diversity, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “As we continue into our 11th year, Honda is happy to support these music education programs and looks forward to another amazing Invitational Showcase.”

Bands with the most votes will participate in the Celebration Tour and Invitational Showcase. The 2013 Honda Battle of the Bands Celebration Tour runs now through October 9, and the 2014 Invitational Showcase, featuring an eight-band performance, will take place on January 25, 2014 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The Voting for the Honda Battle of The Bands officially began on September 9, 2013.  You can vote every day for the Cheyney University “Soulful Sound” Band Program by visiting this link  You will need to input your email address and create a password in order to vote.  That process ensures that participants only vote once per day.