Eight HBCU Marching Bands Selected to Perform at the 11th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

  Eight HBCU Marching Bands Selected to Perform at the 11th Annual Honda
  Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

          The field is set for “The Honda” at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome

 Three lucky fans will win a trip to the Showcase and a chance to win a 2013
                                    Accord

Business Wire

TORRANCE, Calif. -- November 05, 2012

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 11^th
Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, presented by Verizon
Wireless and official banking sponsor, SunTrust Bank. The Showcase is a
one-of-a-kind celebratory experience widely known in the HBCU community as
“The Honda.” Tens of thousands of HBCU alumni, family and marching band fans
will make the journey to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on January 26, 2013, to
witness this 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 2013 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase. These eight bands
include a number of America’s most iconic marching bands, as well as one
first-time participant, Alcorn State University. The eight bands performing at
“The Honda” are:

  *Albany State University, Marching Rams (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic
    Conference)
  *Alcorn State University, The Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite (Southwestern Athletic
    Conference)
  *Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic
    Conference)
  *Edward Waters College, Triple Threat Marching Band (Independent)
  *Jackson State University, Sonic Boom of the South (Southwestern Athletic
    Conference)
  *North Carolina A&T University, Blue and Gold Marching Machine (Mid-Eastern
    Athletic Conference)
  *Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Independent)
  *Winston-Salem State University, The Red Sea of Sound (Central
    Intercollegiate Athletic Association)

Three lucky fans will win a personally-customized trip to the 2013
Invitational 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 www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com website, where they
can find complete information and rules*.

“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 eleventh year, Honda is happy to support these
music education programs and looks forward to another amazing Invitational
Showcase.”

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 actively engages with fans through social media,
providing access to the latest updates, photos and videos. Fans can connect
with the Honda Battle of the Bands at:

Twitter – @The_Honda, #HBOB2013 (http://twitter.com/The_Honda)

Facebook – (www.facebook.com/HondaBattleOfTheBands)

YouTube – (www.youtube.com/hondabotb)

Instagram – #HBOB2013

For more information on the 2013 Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational
Showcase, including group and individual tickets, updates, photos and video
footage, and all details about the program, please visit
www.HondaBattleoftheBands.com.

About Honda

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 1959 as the U.S. sales and
marketing subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Honda produces automobiles,
all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers and engines at its nine major U.S.
manufacturing operations, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda’s
long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation’s
Historically Black Colleges and Universities began more than 20 years ago with
the establishment of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed
to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. American Honda
established Honda Battle of the Bands 11 years ago as an effort to support
HBCU music programs.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest,
most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers,
including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking
Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint
venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE,
NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview
and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of
Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library
at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About SunTrust Banks, Inc.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation's largest
banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial,
corporate and institutional clients. As of June 30, 2012,

SunTrust had total assets of $178.3 billion and total deposits of $128.4
billion. Through its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, the Company operates
an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and
Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery
channels. The Company also serves clients in selected markets nationally. Its
primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services.
Through various subsidiaries the Company provides mortgage banking, insurance,
brokerage, investment management, equipment leasing and investment banking
services. SunTrust's Internet address is suntrust.com.

*NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR WIN.
PURCHASE WILL NOT ENHANCE CHANCES OF WINNING. Open to legal residents of The
50 U.S./D.C., 18 or older, with a valid U.S. driver's license at the time of
participation. Ends 12/14/12. Void where prohibited. Subject to full official
rules http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com/rules.

Contact:

Flowers Communications Group
Ajana Adams, 312-228-8823
or
American Honda
Melissa Martinez, 310-781-4262
 
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