Honda Battle Of the Bands: Norfolk State University Performance
Honda Battle of the Bands Produces First-Ever DVD:
‘Stompin’ at the Dome’
Documentary provides rare, in-depth look at HBCU marching band culture while giving back to their music programs
For the first time in the five-year history of the celebrated Honda Battle of the Bands, American Honda has produced a DVD that showcases headlining bands on and off the field. Stompin' at the Dome is a documentary that is as high energy as the marching band performances it features. A commitment to excellence is a recurring theme throughout the movie, which 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.
Stompin' features still photography galleries, commentary from former Ambassador Andrew Young and interviews with band directors and members, producers and University board members. 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. In interviews, band members discuss the development of sportsmanship, friendship, discipline and respect for the art-form. Band directors discuss their admiration for each other and the homages they pay to America’s most revered musical artists.
Ten bands, representing four HBCU athletic conferences, were nominated to participate during the Honda Battle of the Bands Celebration Tour, which took place during the 2006 fall college football season. 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.
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 grants toward their music programs. In addition, the proceeds from Stompin' at the Dome benefit the participating colleges' music programs.
To unveil the DVD and companion fundraising programs on HBCU campuses, Honda will be staging an exciting Stompin’ at the Dome Campus Tour. Kicking off on October 6th, the tour will feature continuous, daylong special screenings of footage from the 10 featured universities. These events, designed to engage students and administrators alike on these black college campuses, will involve band directors, marching band and drum line performances, free barbecue meals plus special promotions, raffles and prizes.
For more information about the Honda Battle Of the Bands, Stompin' at the Dome and the HBCU Campus Tour visit www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com/DVD.