Battle of the Band

Coahoma’s Marching Maroon Typhoon Eyes Honda Battle of the Bands

For the first time in the 17-year history of the Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB), the Coahoma Community College Marching Maroon Typhoon is in the running to compete and perform in the 2020 HBOB showcase on January 25, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Coahoma’s Marching Maroon Typhoon Eyes Honda Battle of the Bands

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Thu Oct 10, 2019

Coahoma Band

For the first time in the 17-year history of the Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB), the Coahoma Community College Marching Maroon Typhoon is in the running to compete and perform in the 2020 HBOB showcase on January 25, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia.

According to the company’s website, the Honda Battle of the Bands was created to celebrate, support and recognize the excellence of Black college marching bands and the unique academic experience offered by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Honda annually awards approximately $200,000 in grants to participating marching bands during the program period.

Christopher Jefferson, director of bands, is excited about the consideration and says this is a clear sign that his group is improving and being noticed.

“I am blown away by having an opportunity to do something on this level for our students, the college, and the surrounding community. I have been a ‘band head’ for as long as I can remember. Thinking back to my Junior High School days, I would have never imagined myself being in a position to take such a leap forward as a pioneer in the world of band,” said Jefferson.

Eight bands are chosen to advance to the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase. The Invitational Showcase features musical performances from these eight HBCU marching bands.

“It’s exciting but yet humbling. Knowing that the future of what I have grown to love more and more can be impacted on a historical level by the work that we do is a huge weight to carry, but I know we are ready because we have done the work. No corners were cut. We have grabbed the attention of marching band fans in town and in faraway places,” Jefferson added. “I am unquestionably thankful for the efforts of my family, team, department head, and students. Rhamarcus Lee (asst. band dir.), Vincent Smith (perc. instr.), Jasmine Watts (majorette coach), Ira Nealy (volunteer administrative asst.), and Charlie Keys (volunteer videographer) have worked alongside me without showing signs of fatigue as we continued to push the boundaries of our community college band program.”

Supporters are encouraged to vote daily and to share posts, images, and videos using the hashtags, #Coahoma and #HBOB.

To place your vote for the Marching Maroon Typhoon, visit: https://www.hondabattleofthebands.com/band?id=59