Grammy-Award Winning Singer Brandy Set to Perform at 11th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

  Grammy-Award Winning Singer Brandy Set to Perform at 11th Annual Honda
  Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase

 Fan “Dance-off” at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome Will Bring “House Party” Theme to
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TORRANCE, Calif. -- January 7, 2013

The 11^th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, presented by
Verizon and official banking sponsor SunTrust Bank, will welcome celebrated
actress and Grammy-winning singer Brandy to the stage as a special guest
performer at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on January 26^th, alongside eight of
the nation’s top Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching
bands. This year’s “House Party” theme will be brought to life with additional
performances and an on-the-field fan participation dance contest.

The 2013 Invitational Showcase will begin at 3:00 p.m. EST, and will feature
spirited performances from the HBCU marching bands, which will perform in the
following order:

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

In honor of this year’s “House Party” theme, the Showcase will open with a
performance by American dance music singer and songwriter Crystal Waters,
popular for her dance music hits.

To keep the “party” going, there will be a dance-off between participating
HBCU dance teams, whose songs were selected by fans via social media.

Additionally, Verizon will sponsor two dance contests for fans: one for
individual fans to show off their best moves on the Georgia Dome field; the
other for couples who want to dance in an iconic “Soul Train” line-style
contest.

The Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase is the largest and most
popular music event of its kind. Widely known by fans as “The Honda,” the
Showcase not only serves as a platform to highlight and celebrate the heritage
and showmanship of HBCU marching bands, but also stands as the only national
music scholarship program dedicated to supporting HBCU music education
programs. The qualifying marching bands have each earned a $20,000 grant for
their school’s music education programs, along with an all-expense paid trip
to perform at the Invitational Showcase in Atlanta.

The final eight bands were 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 Atlanta 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.

Contact:

Flowers Communications Group
Ajana Adams, 312-228-8823
or
American Honda
Melissa Martinez, 310-783-3549