Triple Threat Marching Band to Perform at 2013 Honda Battle of the Bands

Triple Threat Marching Band

Published November 7, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Edward Waters College Triple Threat Marching Band was recently selected as one of eight marching bands to participate in the 2013 Honda Battle of the Bands.

The band, which competed with 31 other Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout the country, will perform in front of 60,000 people at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on January 26, 2013. They will also be awarded a $20,000 institutional grant from Honda for participating.

This will be the Triple Threat Marching Band’s second appearance at the Honda Battle of the Bands since 2009. EWC’s 86-member band, which includes the auxiliary, is the smallest band in the final eight.

“Our students are well-deserving of this opportunity,” said Marques Graham, EWC’s band director. “As the smallest HBCU in the final eight, it shows that our program, which was only formed 11 years ago, can compete with anyone in the country.”

The selection of the final eight is determined by a three-step process. For six of the bands, voting takes place initially with an online poll at Then, the participating schools’ band directors and presidents cast their votes, which count—collectively—as 2/3 the vote. However, presidents and band directors are not permitted to vote for their own institution. The other two bands are selected by Honda and Urban Sports solely for their showmanship, musicianship and years of participation.

“This opportunity is a blessing that our students will never forget,” said Graham. “The $20,000 is going to tremendously help our program; and the national recognition is something that the students, and the College as a whole, will benefit from for years to come.”

The other seven bands to perform will be Albany State, Alcorn State, Bethune-Cookman, Jackson State, North Carolina A&T, Tennessee State, and Winston-Salem State.

More information on the event can be found at