When I was in the fourth grade I played the French Horn. In the eighth grade, I played the trumpet. We had to go out on the football field one day to practice our instruments in the hot sun. It was 83 degrees. I began to sweat as soon as I opened the door to the field. After five minutes of playing, I just couldn’t do it. I had a waterfall flowing from the top of my head from simply lifting my trumpet to and from my mouth.

I shared this little gem of a story with you to say that being outside while playing instruments wasn’t made for everyone. But it was made for some people–marching bands. And you can see the best of the best at the Honda Battle of the Bands at the Georgia Dome on January 26th.

Come watch the nation’s best marching bands from Historically Black  Universities and Colleges (HBCUs) compete for $205,000 worth of grants presented by Honda. I tell you, tubas performing sick beats and amazing bass lines? Classic.

You’ll also get a chance to see Brandy perform live. I don’t think she’ll be playing an instrument though.

The main purpose of this “battle” is to celebrate, support and recognize the excellence of Black college marching bands and the unique academic experience offered by HBCUs. I’m sure it will be an awesome time. Your ears will thank you for the great sounds coming from those instruments and your eyes will thank you for those human formations that they make too.

Update: Currently, I do not play French horn. I also do not play trumpet. The instruments were too ashamed of me. 

For more information about the event, visit: http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com/

–Wendell Scott


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