10/24/15 - Something new for the
dancers this Halloween - American-Style Ribbon Dancing adapted
for marching band. The dancers just got new poles with long black
and orange streamers, or ribbons, to replace their flags. The new
skill is to learn to make ribbon patterns as they march in
tomorrow's parade. Even our youngest band member is giving it a
HALLOWEEN Parade Day!
It was a rainy morning, but by
noon, when the buses rolled up to Rowley Park, the rain had
stopped and the weather reports predicted a sunny afternoon.
Bus number one is quickly filled
up and ready to roll. In the front row is one of the winners of
the Drum Major preliminary competition, wearing a black shirt
while the others wear white, Adam Engers. The other winner,
Rosenda Tomlinson, is in the back of the bus organizing the
equipment. The deciding votes for them came in by e-mail from our
EOUMB alumni in the various colleges and at locations around the
world, who checked the candidates out online and then voted. The
final winner will be selected soon.
Bus number two is filled up with
drums and the larger instruments, along with EOUMB alumni and
Band Parents who will be assisting from the sidelines, as they
always do. There are some empty seats, which means we can still
take on new band members and their helpful parents if anyone has
always wished to be a part of a REAL Community Band that is going
places fast! Contact Mr. Goode or Jacqueline Saez at the e-mails
on the bottom of this page if you would like to be part of our
future. Right now, we are headed to Linden!
It is about 12:45 PM when the
buses arrive in Linden. The Band Members put on white half-masks
and assemble in a nearby park, while the percussionists unload
the drums and strap up, ready to join the Band once the empty
instrument cases have been loaded back onto the bus.
While waiting for the start of
the parade, Mr. Goode (right) sees an old friend from Malcolm X
Shabazz High School in Newark, the band director Mr. Rasheed
Sheffield (left), dressed in his Halloween costume. They
previously met at the Creation Nation Parade, and
before that at the Battle For The Bands last April. Both their bands will be performing in the
parade, but at a distance so they don't drown one another out!
Drum Majors Adam Engers and
Rosenda Tomlinson get the EOUMB lined up in the road in front of
Fire Station No. 1.
The hard part is the waiting for
the adults to get organized and give them the signal to begin the
parade! While the Band is waiting for the parade to start, they
take the opportunity to practice.
It has become a tradition of the
EOUMB to end each event with a "Tunnel Dance". This
means that the drumline forms up in two rows facing one another
and plays a beat for the rest of the Band members to dance to
(and show off a bit) as they go through the gauntlet. In this
case, it is an excellent way to organize them by sections on the
bus and make sure everyone is accounted for.