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Monica headlines Honda Battle of the Bands at Georgia Dome

Grammy-winning Atlanta musician Monica joins the eight marching bands at the annual Honda Battle of the Bands at the Georgia Dome Jan. 28. Photo: Brian Dowling / Picture Group

Grammy-winning Atlanta musician Monica joins the eight marching bands at the annual Honda Battle of the Bands at the Georgia Dome Jan. 28. Photo: Brian Dowling / Picture Group

It’s known as “the Super Bowl for black college bands,” and it packs the Georgia Dome every January.

Eight college marching bands from historically black colleges and universities will showcase their music and showmanship at this annual invitational event, but it will also spotlight the talents of Grammy-winning Atlanta singer and songwriter Monica.

Monica will take the field at the Battle of the Bands on Jan. 28 just weeks before the scheduled release of her seventh album, “New Life.” You can get a taste of the new album on the Georgia native’s website, which features the video for the track “Until It’s Gone.” You can pre-order the album there, too.

Tickets for the event, which begins at 3 p.m. Jan. 28, are available at Ticketmaster or at the Georgia Dome Box Office. Tickets are $10-$12.

The bands participating in this year’s Honda Battle of the Bands are:

  • Albany State University’s Marching Rams Show Band
  • Bethune Cookman University’s Marching Wildcats
  • Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South
  • Prairie View A&M University’s Marching Storm
  • South Carolina State University’s Marching 101
  • Tennessee State University’s Aristocrat of Bands
  • Virginia State University’s Marching Trojan Explosion
  • Winston-Salem State University’s Red Sea of Sound

21 comments Add your comment

Mike

January 12th, 2012
1:42 pm

Ouch for Monica…

But do your thing, I guess.

Steven Ward

January 12th, 2012
2:02 pm

GO ASU MRSB…make us proud.

Brian

January 12th, 2012
2:09 pm

Is this an exhibition or a competition? If it is a competition, I suppose their is juding by judges from the historically black band marching world. Please explain…..

Curious

January 12th, 2012
2:16 pm

Brian, it is an exhibition. It gives exposure to the performance and marching styles of HBCU bands.

notaracist

January 12th, 2012
2:20 pm

I know this is irrelevant,but I wish I knew what brand of makeup she wears,her skin is always flawless.

Bill Clinton

January 12th, 2012
2:33 pm

I’d hit it…………

HBCU Band Fan

January 12th, 2012
2:37 pm

@ Brian

Eight college marching bands from historically black colleges and universities will showcase their music and showmanship at this annual invitational event, but it will also spotlight the talents of Grammy-winning Atlanta singer and songwriter Monica.

Please learn to read before you open your mouth.

Lashaun

January 12th, 2012
2:40 pm

@HBCU Band Fan, you seem upset. Lighten up!
@notaracist, she really needs the makeup because her skin is really, really bad without it. Not sure as to what kind it is, but MAC makeup works pretty darn well.

deedra

January 12th, 2012
2:44 pm

OmG Monica is awesome :)

Brian

January 12th, 2012
3:11 pm

@Curious
Thank you for your informative, non-uptight reply. It is much appreciated.

TT

January 12th, 2012
3:17 pm

NO FAMU?…OOPS..I forgot,they on punishment!!

JacquieMX

January 12th, 2012
3:19 pm

FAMU is usually a part of this but, because of the hazing issue will not perform this year. Too bad, too, because I know for a fact that hazing is also an issue at each and every one of the eight bands who will be performing — especially Bethune Cookman.

JacquieMX

January 12th, 2012
3:20 pm

Oh, and Tennesse State too. Notorious band hazing goes on there, as well.

joyfollows

January 12th, 2012
3:39 pm

Got my tickets already! Going to see Jackson State’s Sonic Boom!

Jaye

January 12th, 2012
4:12 pm

JacquieMX.. not true at all! These bands were selected to perform weeks before the hazing incident at FAMU. The bands are selected thru fan voting combined with the votes from college administrators. FAMU wasnt even on the ballot. FAMU didnt perform last year either. So there reason why FAMU wont be there has nothing to with hazing. It amazes me how people just post hearsay as fact.

Jaye

January 12th, 2012
4:14 pm

JacqieMX how do you know hazing goes on at all 8 of these bands? Did you march with all 8 bands? Or are you just posing “hearsay” again? SMH

GET UP SC!

January 12th, 2012
4:20 pm

Congrats South Carolina State University Marching 101 Band!! I’m sure you will shut the dome down again this year!!

notaracist

January 12th, 2012
4:39 pm

@Lashaun Thanks for the information. I will try it out.
@JacquieMX & @Jaye,or anyone else who has an opinion. I have been out of school for over 30 years,but I’m interested. Do you all think hazing,particularly in College Bands will lesson after the FAMU tragedy?

Jay

January 12th, 2012
4:41 pm

JacqieMX is just talking crap and making up stuff because when I was at TSU there wasn’t any hazing going on and I was a member of the Tennessee State Aristocrat of Bands.

JacquieMX

January 12th, 2012
8:08 pm

@ Jay: Oh, I know what I’m talking about, trust me. I know someone in the BCU band who was hazed just last semester and I know kids who have been hazed at TSU, too. I don’t speak on things I know nothing about. And we all know that band hazing is rampant at MOST HBCUs and in the bands. Don’t be naive. Just saying.

hardcoreAtl

January 12th, 2012
10:19 pm

too many negroes in one place for me i like my negroes a teaspoon full at a time