Delaware State University
Auditions - 5/11/11
At 11:00 today Mr. Randolph J. Johnson Director
of Band at DSU auditioned Lloyd Tomlinson,
Bria Douglas, Janelle Jacobs,
Khayyam from the Cicely Tyson High School Senior Class to
consider them for scholarships to Delaware State University in
Dover, DE. He was there at the invitation of Unified Marching
Band Director Frederick
Goode, so he also got to see the entire band in rehearsal to
possibly return next year for more of our students.
L-R foreground : Leandrea, Anthony, India,
Paula Smith, and Marlon. Background L-R: Momma Johnson and Kevin.
Members of the Orange High School Marching Band
also auditioned at Cicely Tyson, by invitation of Mr. Goode.
Their former Band Director, Mrs. Paula Smith, visited the school
to reunite with her former students to give one last lesson and
see them through the auditions. When her former Band students
heard through Mr. Goode that Delaware State would be auditioning
at Cicely Tyson, they called their former band director and made
a way for themselves to be a part of the audition. Hearing that
there might be a problem at Orange High, both Mrs. Smith and Mr.
Goode worked to insure that these students did not miss the
opportunity. Putting their differences aside, both rival bands
worked side by side to audition for scholarships at DSU.
Orange High Alumni and Band members listen in
the background, as Mr. Johnson describes the DSU music program to
the students in the Unified Marching Band. Also in the background
at the far left is Syreeta Thompson, Assistant Band Director, who
had been working with the students prior to the performance they
gave Mr. Johnson.
Special thanks to the Band Staff and the
Administration for their support of our Band Audition Day. At the
far left is Ms. Tyler, a teacher, Dr. Cowan, the principal of
Cicely Tyson, and Syreeta Thompson, Assistant Band Director
looking on as Mr. Johnson talked to our students about the
importance of attending and finishing college. Then it was time
for individual auditions.
Denzel Thompson auditions on the Tuba, but he
also has skills as a music arranger which was of great interest
to his auditioner, Khalif Vardross. Khalif is currently a senior
at DSU, and also a former student of Orange High School.
Although Bria Douglas is the Marching Band's
Drum Major, her instrument is clarinet and it was on her
musicianship on that instrument that her audition depended.
Our visitors from Orange High School also got a
chance to audition. If Mr. Goode had not reached out to them,
they might have missed this opportunity because their own high
school band has lost interest in them as musicians, but some of
them went home with promises of scholarships from this audition.
This curious audition on-looker is still in
Junior High School, but it is good for the younger students and
members of the band to know what opportunities await them as
seniors at Cicely Tyson.
L-R: Mr. Randolph J. Johnson, DSU Band Director, Khalif Vardross
DSU band member, Mr. Frederick Goode - East Orange Unified
Marching Band Director.
Our special thanks to Mr. Johnson and his
assistant, Khalif Vardross, who conducted the auditions and
filled our students with dreams of their futures. Several of our
students and those from Orange High were awarded full and partial
scholarships to Delaware State University as a result of this
very successful Audition Day.