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B-CU’s Wildcats “March On” During Thirteenth Appearance at 2018 16th Annual Honda Battle of the Bands


(Photo courtesy of Honda Battle of the Bands)

For 13 years, B-CU Marching Wildcats have put on a dynamic show for the Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) Invitational Showcase,hosted in Atlanta, Georgia. On January 27, 2018, under the direction of Donovan Wells, Instructor, Music/Director, the Marching Wildcats’ approximately 300 student musicians performed to a crowd of nearly 62,000 fans, students and alumni.

In addition to the marching band performances, the #HBOB also included an HBCU College Fair to connect high school students with representatives from fifty-three HBCUs. This year’s college fair hosted over 7,000 attendees, with more than 300 scholarships awarded. Designed to go beyond just exposing young people to the opportunities offered by HBCUs, the college fair enabled prospective college students to meet with marching band and admissions recruiters to discuss admissions requirements and scholarship opportunities.

Honda has been committed to supporting the success and dreams of the nation’s HBCUs. Through initiatives like the Honda Battle of the Bands and Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Honda has been able to touch the lives of more than 120,000 students and award $12 million in grants in support of education programs.

During seasonal breaks, many of B-CU’s band members go to high schools and middle schools to assist with their band programs.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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