Early Saturday Morning, the Band
gathered at Cicely Tyson School and boarded buses to take them to
Washington, DC where they participated in the DC Regional Battle
of the Bands held at Eastern High School Stadium.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh, 12:52 PM
They arrived at the outskirts of
Washington DC and the buses stopped for a rest stop and a lunch
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh, 12:55 PM
Many of the Band members took
advantage of the break to do stretching exercises.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh, 2:18 PM
Then they got back on the bus and
rode to Easterh High School Stadium where the competition would
take place. This time, when they disembarked, the immediately got
into formation by sections.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh, 2:29 PM
They didn't have time to do much
more than check their instruments with a quick tune-up, then it
was time to march into the stadium.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh, 2:38 PM
To the beat of the drums, they
marched on the sidewalk in the back streets behind the stadium to
find their places in the stands.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh, 2:58 PM
Once in the stands, they stood at
attention for the opening ceremonies.
Photo by Frederick Goode, sent by phone
Our Band is used to being the
stars of the event, but here they were one Band among a great
many Bands all competing for the same awards. We'll try to post a
list of all the Bands that competed in the event.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh, sent by phone 4:24 PM
For now, our Band sat and watched
as Band after Band put on its finest performance for their
education and entertainment.
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh, 3:38 PM
The Willingboro High School
Chimeras Band marched past our Band on the stands as they got
ready to give their performance out in the field. Our
videographer was having difficulty with his camera and so was
unable to get footage of the other bands, but they each have
their own Web sites and we will try to link to them, especially
if they have public videos of their performances at today's
Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh, 4:48 PM
Just before our East Orange
Unified Marching Band was scheduled to perform, they went off on
the side for a final tune-up and formation drill.