Walk-A-Mile for Infant Immunization

This was a joint event sponsored by both the City of Orange and the City of East Orange on Saturday, April 24th, 2010. The various parade units gathered in Orange Park at 10:00 AM. Other organizations and newspapers covered the event in general, so our report will focus on the two (friendly) rival bands, the Orange High School Marching Tornadoes Band and East Orange Unified Marching Band (from several East Orange Schools). Link to Local Talk News dot Com. Link to CityontheMove.com

 

From Orange Park, the Parade marched down Central Avenue to East Orange General Hospital, a distance of about a mile.

Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh

The Parade turned at Arlington Avenue and marched down to the East Orange General Hospital Parking Lot.

Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh

Once they arrived at the parking lot, they took their positions and waited for their turn to perform.

Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh

The Orange High School Marching Tornadoes came into the parking lot last. In the background you can see the East Orange Campus High School ROTC, and there were many other marching units represented, but this report is just focusing on the two bands. We will link to other reports as they come on-line.

Mayor Robert L. Bowser of East Orange and other officials from the various Health Organizations gave speeches and issued proclamations.

Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh

Then the Orange High School Marching Tornadoes Band and Drum Line performed for the audience and honored guests. The Video of their performance is below.

Also available on YouTube

Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh

Now it was the turn of the East Orange Unified Marching Band to perform (see video below). Mr. Goode, the director, reminded the audience that they will see more of the same on the evening of Saturday, May 1st, at Cicely Tyson Schools Benefit Band Concert "Music Under the Stars."

Also available on YouTube

Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh

Afterwards, the two bands squared off their drumlines against one another in the parking lot for a Drumline Showdown. Orange Drumline went first. You can see the videos of the showdown below. Please take the poll and tell us which Drumline was better, in your opinion.

Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh

Both Drumlines put on a good show and a large crowd gathered around them to cheer them on. The Showdown took 25 minutes, and YouTube has a rule allowing only videos of 10 minutes length or less, so we broke the contest into three parts.

Drum line Showdown Video - Broken into Three Parts

Also available on YouTube

The Orange Band took a bus back to their school, but East Orange walked back to Cicely Tyson School from the Hospital. Special thanks to the East Orange Campus School ROTC members who provided crossing guards and security for the walk home. The band received a pep-talk from their leaders, thanking them for their hard work and reminding them that they would have to learn new "moves" if they were to continue to keep up with The Orange Tornadoes in the future.

Photos, Videos and Text by Jim Gerrish except where marked "by Al-Quadir Marsh."

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