When the band
arrived in Newark, they got into formation and were ready to
march down the street as soon as the command was given. In the
meantime, they did a little performing for the people on the
One of our chief rivals from
previous years was ready to take us on as soon as the parade was
over. That was the Shabazz marching band who were just ahead of
us. In this photo, they are marching towards the grandstand at
Washington Park where we will meet up with them and face off.
The main rule for
a Band Battle is that the bands keep at it until one band is left
standing and playing by itself as the other band walks away. It's
not a popularity contest. It's decided by the bands themselves.
Despite what the crowd thinks, or what the Internet fans think
when seeing these videos, the last band standing is the band that
While facing the
Shabazz drumline, the East Orange drumline played their response.
Many in the crowd were surprised to find out that one of our most
talented snare players was only 12 years old. The drum battles
actually came inbetween full band battles, but because they were
videoed on a different camera, we don't know the timing, so we
present them as two separate battles.