Battle of the Bands

Move to the Beat of the Drum

The new year kicks off with exciting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) marching events. Make plans now to attend and see some of the country’s top marching bands and dance teams as they showcase their talent in Atlanta.

HBCU Culture Homecoming Fest and Battle of the Bands

Get ready for the biggest HBCU Culture x MLK Weekend in ATL!

When: January 14-15, 2023

Join HBCU Culture Legacy Foundation 501c3 to kick off their 2023 – $10 Million HBCU SUPPORT Campaign. This HBCU homecoming celebration features an NBA Court show, on court battles, drumline battle and mass band performance.

Your ticket will include a weekend pass for the following events:

Morris Brown College Homecoming Fan Fest
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Morris Brown College Campus

HBCU Culture Battle of The Bands
Sunday, January 15, 2023
State Farm Arena
Doors open at 4pm; showtime at 5pm

2023 Band Showcase

Southern University
Jackson State University
Miles College
Talladega College
Alabama A&M
Alabama State University

Hosted By: Curtis Akeem aka Dolla Watson, Viddy n Da City & Oh
Soundtrack: DJ CK


Tickets are on sale now at
A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to Morris Brown College.


State Farm Arena
1 State Farm Dr
Atlanta, GA 30303

HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands

The battle is back in the ATL.

When: February 4, 2023
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Make plans to attend the HBCU marching event of the year! The HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands has returned to the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The battle kicks off Black History Month with performances from six of the top HBCU marching bands in the country, in addition to special performances by two of the best high school marching bands in Atlanta.

From September through November, more than 40 bands display their show stopping skills in a series of pre-qualifying shows around the country and compete for a chance to perform in January’s HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands.

In addition to being witness to the spectacular display of musical talent that is the Battle of the Bands, students and recent graduates can visit with representatives from nearly 40 HBCUs. It’s a great opportunity for younger students to check out colleges and universities.

2023 HBCU All-Star Battle of the Bands

Alabama State University – the Mighty Marching Hornets
North Carolina A&T – the Blue and Gold Marching Machine
Bethune-Cookman University – the Marching Wildcats
South Carolina State University – the Marching 101
Norfolk State University – the Spartan Legion Band
Tennessee State University – the Aristocrat of Bands

Host: KD Bowe
Co-host: Rashan Ali
DJs: Loui Vee and Skillz

Since 2002, the All-Star Battle of the Bands has been showcasing the talents of the country’s top Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), entertaining audiences of all ages and supporting the HBCU music community with scholarships.


Tickets start at $24. Get your tickets today!


Mercedes-Benz Stadium
1 AMB Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

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