Sunday, October 14, 2007

Stompin' At The Dome

Anyone who has attended a HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) football game knows that the highlight is not the game, but the marching band performance at halftime.

The Honda Battle of the Bands has produced its first ever DVD: Stompin' At The Dome. This documentary provides a rare, in-depth look inside the incredible world of marching bands at HBCUs while giving back to their music programs.

The documentary was filmed last fall and earlier this year chronicling the journey from the participating HBCU campuses to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The DVD not only highlights the ten winning schools, but also chronicles the milestone fifth anniversary of the Honda Battle of the Bands.

The DVD program gives participating HBCUs the opportunity to talk about their band programs and show what sets them apart from rival bands on and off the field. Each band performs routines with riveting choreography, music and drum lines out front. Bands cover popular music ranging from "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley to "Wanna Be Startin' Something" by Michael Jackson.

Check out a snippet:

The Honda Battle of the Bands is the largest national scholarship program of its kind. Each year, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. awards $141,000 in scholarships to the participating HBCU bands. The 41 participating universities receive a $1,000 grant for their performance during the Celebration Tour in the fall along with 31 other schools. Ten schools move on to participate in the Honda Battle of the Bands and receive $10,000 in grants toward their music programs. In addition, the proceeds from Stompin' at the Dome benefit the participating colleges' music programs.

For more information about the Honda Battle Of the Bands, Stompin' at the Dome and the HBCU Campus Tour visit

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