‘Battle of the Bands’

Free sports network Stadium has launched on Roku… just in time for its live airing of the Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) this Saturday, January 27.

The Battle of the Bands, which is not a competitive event at all, showcases marching bands from eight Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). They include the Bethune-Cookman Marching Wildcats, making their 13th appearance at the 15-year-old event. Here’s the band performing at last year’s show:

This might remind you of the movie Drumline, but don’t believe Wikipedia’s assertion that “the fictitious BET Big Southern Classic from the 2002 filmwas based on the HBOB.”

If anything, the HBOB – which started one year later — took its cue from Drumline, leaving out the latter’s competitive aspects.

Here’s a teaser for the film, which you can rent from $2.99 at YouTube, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and other sources:

Stadium’s stream of the Honda Battle of the Bands, live from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, will start at 3:30 pm this Saturday. In addition to the eight bands, halftime is scheduled to include a performance by the band 112 whose classic hits include ‘Peaches & Cream”:

In addition to Roku, you can stream all the HBOB action at WatchStadium.com , or via Stadium Android and Apple apps, including Apple TV

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About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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