The HBCU marching event of the year is back! It’s the HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands. New name – same event you’ve always loved. The original battle of the bands is back in Atlanta and kicking off Black History month with six of the top HBCU marching and bands in the country along with special performances by two of the best high school marching bands in Atlanta.
The All-Star Battle of the Bands was created in 2002 to showcase the talents of the country’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities, entertain audiences both young and old, and support the HBCU music community with scholarships.
Under the leadership of visionary, Dr. Kenneth Ruff, the “Blue and Gold Machine” brings crowds of fans to their feet year after year. The hard work of band members has lead to numerous recognitions such as winners of the Honda Battle of The Bands, the 2003 Defeat the Beat Champions, official band of the Carolina Panthers NFL franchise, the lead band for the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and a top 10 band as reported by Sports Illustrated.
The band is known for playing a variety of music such as jazz, classical, contemporary, and popular pieces, and is heralded for its distinct musical style using clean articulation, expressive dynamics, balance, and technical ability.