HBCU Marching Bands Rock the Georgia Dome at the 2013 Honda Battle of the Bands “House Party”

  HBCU Marching Bands Rock the Georgia Dome at the 2013 Honda Battle of the
  Bands “House Party”

             Grammy Award-winning singer Brandy Electrifies Crowd

Business Wire

ATLANTA -- January 27, 2013

Fans, students and alumni packed the Georgia Dome on Saturday adding to the
energy generated by dynamic performances by eight of the nation’s top marching
bands from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) at the
one-of-a-kind “House Party,” known as the Honda Battle of the Bands
Invitational Showcase.

Historically Black College and University marching bands rocked the Georgia
Dome with dynamic perfor ...

Historically Black College and University marching bands rocked the Georgia
Dome with dynamic performances on Saturday at the 11th annual Honda Battle of
the Bands Invitational Showcase. (Photo: Business Wire)

An electrifying performance by Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Brandy and
American dance music singer and songwriter, Crystal Waters, added additional
spark to the Honda Battle of the Bands presented by Verizon Wireless and
official banking sponsor SunTrust Bank, which celebrated its 11^th annual
Invitational Showcase.

The unparalleled pageantry, musicianship and camaraderie of the HBCU marching
band experience was on full display with spirited performances by Albany State
University, Alcorn State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Edward Waters
College, Jackson State University, North Carolina A&T University, Tennessee
State University and Winston-Salem State University.

The Showcase also  hosted a dance-off between participating HBCU dance teams
which used songs selected by fan vote via social media. Additionally, fans
helped amp up the “house party” theme in two dance contests presented by
official presenting sponsor, Verizon Wireless: one for individual fans to show
off their best moves on the Georgia Dome field; the other for couples who
wanted to dance in an iconic “Soul Train” line-style contest.

Two lucky fans also left the Georgia Dome as proud owners of brand new Honda
vehicles. One of the three finalists in the Honda Battle of the Bands
Sweepstakes became the owner of the award-winning 2013 Honda Accord. Adding to
the excitement, the crowd was surprised when a second lucky fan in attendance
received a new 2013 Honda Civic.

“The Honda Battle of the Bands not only provides a national stage to showcase
the talent of these outstanding student musicians, but also the success of the
music education programs at each school,” said Marc Burt, assistant vice
president, Office of Inclusion and Diversity for American Honda Motor Co.,
Inc. “Honda is honored to support these programs with grants that each school
receives for participating in the program.”

The Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase is the largest and most
popular music event of its kind. Widely known to 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 eight qualifying marching bands 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 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 Honda Battle of the Bands program and the
Invitational Showcase, including photos and video footage, visit

For downloadable video and high-resolution photos please go to

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 nearly 96 million retail
customers, including 90.4 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in
Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 75,000 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.

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