famu_band_web.jpg(BLACK PR WIRE) – TORRANCE, Calif. — The votes are in and eight of the nation’s top Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching bands have been selected to perform at the 11th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase on Jan. 26, 2013.

Tens of thousands of HBCU alumni, family and marching band fans will journey to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome to witness the spectacular display of music, choreography and showmanship in one of the largest marching band showcases in the nation.

Eight bands have earned a $20,000 grant each from Honda for their school’s music education programs and an all-expenses-paid trip to Atlanta to perform at the showcase.

Three lucky fans will win a personally-customized trip to the 2013 showcase and a chance to take home an all-new 2013 Honda Accord. Fans who want to win the trip for themselves and a guest can enter the sweepstakes by visiting the HondaBattleoftheBands.com website, where they can find complete information and rules.

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.