Each January, eight bands—out of a field of dozens—arrive at the Georgia Dome to perform at the Honda Battle of the Bands, a showcase of music, choreography, and all-around showmanship. Representing historically black colleges and universities from across the country, bands in the program earn more than $200,000 for their schools during the season. Although the event is billed as a “battle,” no single victor is declared. This is all about pageantry, not points.
On the calendar: The eight bands strut their stuff on January 24.
This article originally appeared in our January 2015 issue.