Meet Ian Hoyt. He has been
playing trumpet in the Band for the past four years. He started
when he was only in the fourth grade. Next year he plans to run
for trumpet section leader. He currently attends Cicely Tyson
Middle school and is in the eighth grade. His photo
from last year is HERE.
Breakfast is served to the
students as soon as possible in the morning, before Band Camp
"officially" begins. A side benefit of breakfast is the
socializing between students from different grades, but who have
a common interest in music. During the normal school year, you
seldom find fourth graders having earnest discussions with high
school students about embouchure, or clefs, or eighth notes, and
sometimes with the more experienced fourth grader knowing more
than the beginner high school student. It happens in the Band all
Breakfast is followed by a review
rehearsal, where problem areas are identified for special
attention by the sectional leaders in their sectional rehearsals.
The rehearsal conductor is Maketa Morgan, trying out for
the position of Student Band Director.
During sectional rehearsals, our
photographer begins the process of photographing the sections,
starting with his own Baritone section, shown above. He then
takes individual photos of each student so they can be added to
our Summer Band Camp Gallery. You can see the New 2012
Gallery HERE as it begins to fill up
with their photos this week.
After sectional rehearsals, the
students file back into the band room where they study the field
formations they will make this afternoon at Rowley Park. Using
the Internet attached to a projector, the students can learn from
the best bands in the world, as well as see their own Band in
Now the Band marches over to
Rowley Park to apply what they have learned. The video below will
show how much they have improved since last week, and how far
they still have to go to get ready for Fall Football Shows.
Ms Saez meets
with the Dancers and the Honor Guard (the group that twirls the
flags) before they begin their exercises and rehearsals. Today
Al-Quadir will begin adding their photos to the 2012
Just in case we start winning
things, we'd better be ready with our "Tunnel Victory
Dance." The Band uses this to exit from a stadium when they
have won the game, or when they win awards, or just to cheer up
when they get back to the school and need cheering up.
EO Alumnus and currently working at Orange High School, and
Rahsheem Franklin, EOUMB Percussion Director, work until the
early morning hours planning and designing the new 2012
Tee-Shirts (Rahsheem is wearing the 2011 Tee-Shirt). Mr. Goode
will take their work and silk screen the shirts on Friday so they
will be ready to take to Camp
Kweebec on Saturday.
All day long, our photographer, Al-Quadir Marsh, has been
taking group and individual photos to try to complete our Summer Band
Camp Photo Gallery before the trip to
Pennsylvania on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Band was preparing for
another fund raising event, this time at Rowley Park. In the
photo above, we see that the sun is beginning to set, there is a
movie screen structure in the middle of the field and something
else we don't usually have... an audience.
When the fund
raising event is over, it is dark, but the Band forms for another
group portrait so they can remember this day and the fun they had
performing at Rowley Park instead of just using it for drill and
It's the last day of Summer Band
Camp at Cicely Tyson in East Orange, so the Band Room has to be
cleaned out for the custodians to do their room cleaning next
week while everyone in the Band is away in Pennsylvania for Week
5 at Camp Kweebec.