After a brief practice outside Cicely Tyson High
School, Drum Major Allan
Theodore takes the band across the street to Rowley Park
where they now have plenty of room to practice the complete
Rowley Park has been newly renovated by the City
and the Band uses it as a space to practice marching maneuvers on
the various football fields they encounter. Today's game is at
Paul Robeson stadium, so Rowley Park becomes that stadium's
football field in the minds of the marchers as they work out
their vaious formations.
Meanwhile, the Band Parents are getting lunch
ready for the students, many of whom have been at the school
since early morning. Jacqueline Bourne,
BPA Vice President, prepares hotdogs. The students arrive back
from practice at the park, hungry and grateful for whatever meal
has been prepared by their Band Parents. Saxaphonist Ryan Goodman
takes his hotdog and moves out of the way quickly because
everyone needs to be fed before the band can line up for the
parade through town to Paul Robeson Stadium.
It is a beautiful autumn day when the Band
begins to march to the stadium. It's real "football
weather," with warm sun for the spectators in the stands and
enough of a chill in the air to cool off the hard working
football teams who are playing the game on the field.
The "rumbling" you hear from time to
time in the video background is not thunder... it is the stamping
of feet by the spectators in the stadium who can use the stands
as a giant sounding board to express their approval better than
they can by clapping or yelling.
Shortly after play resumes, the East Orange team
moves ahead so the score is now 14 to 7. You can see the intense
excitement in the band, who are not just performers, but
spectators and fans of their own football team.