Honda Battle of the Bands

The actual game may get the bulk of the attention during football games, but what really gets the crowd on its feet are the halftime performances by the marching bands. If this is your favorite part of the game, then you're in luck because the Honda Battle of the Bands is back in Atlanta this year to showcase some of the country's finest HBCU university bands in a fierce competition where only the strong...and funky survive.

So get your tickets and be prepared to be blown away by a mixture of precision, musicality and crowd participation! The 11th annual Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase, presented by Verizon and official banking sponsor Sun Trust, welcomes 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 begins at 3:00 p.m., and features spirited performances from the HBCU marching bands, which perform in the following order: * Edward Waters College, Triple Threat Marching Band (Independent) * Albany State University, Marching Rams (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) * Tennessee State University, Aristocrat of Bands (Independent) * Alcorn State University, The Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite (Southwestern Athletic Conference) * Jackson State University, Sonic Boom of the South (Southwestern Athletic Conference) * Winston-Salem State University, The Red Sea of Sound (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) * Bethune-Cookman University, Marching Wildcats (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) * 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 opens 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. For more information visit . For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.