For all the bandheads that have sat at home and watched young football players tell the world where they will be going to school, now we have our own show for marching bands!! That’s right on April 28th, 2015, The Marching Podcast will host the National Signing Day Show for Marching Bands. We have picked some students from all over the country to tell the world on our network where they will be going to school to get an education and to become part of the marching band family.
We are excited to bring some of our young people into the spotlight. We also wish to make a connection with them when they go compete at the highest level of excitement in marching arts. Finally, we hope to increase the knowledge and awareness of these schools and their band programs, so we can promote and generate excitement for young people to aspire. The students are:
Manuel Powell – Nansemond River High School in Suffolk, VA
Alexis Terry – Dominguez High School in Compton, CA
Cheyenne Allen – Dominguez High School in Compton, CA
Travis Johnson – McCluer South- Berkeley in St. Louis, MO
Special thanks to the Directors of these Schools, special thanks to Lolita Carter, and Terrell Stringer, and special thanks to John Pickens and Simply Dope Creative for designing our logo. Tune in Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @8pm EST to hear the announcements.
After the Broadcast —– Special thanks to our sponsors!
Rashad Watters with Block Band Music & Publishing,
Garrett Edgerson and DaEdge1 Productions
We presented our first scholarships tonight for the 4 students that were on the show. Thanks for your support and looking forward to giving more money to more students for years and years to come!!! #GotToGetThat501c3
You can listen to the show here!
The main event that helped create The Marching Podcast is the LA Battle of the Bands sponsored by Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. When I first wanted to give back to the community, I wanted to bring a battle of the bands to LA. So when I found out LA Battle of the Bands already existed, I wanted to do my part to help the event. Now with The Marching Podcast, I will be attending the event and with media credentials! I am excited for this experience and for being part of the media for the first time.
I will be taking video of the event and pictures with as many people as possible. Lolita Carter from Dominguez High School will be there and we will make sure to get her on camera. I will also be passing out my business cards and wearing a t-shirt and hat with The Marching Podcast name and logo on them. I will put the videos on my website as the ‘videos of the week’ showcasing the bands at the event. On the Thursday night of the event, before the 25, I will be interviewing Tamala Lewis of the Home Depot Center about coordinating the event. She is a graduate of Spelman College, and we are happy that she and The Home Depot Center have agreed to do the interview with us. We will talk about her background, what made her choose Spelman, and her experience with coordinating this event. This will be the first event for The Marching Podcast, and it means a lot to us for it to be the very event we wanted to bring into existence. We will dream of having a battle of the bands with colleges from CA in the future!
Choppin’ it Up with Tamala Lewis
Thursday Oct. 25; 11:30pm EST
It’s Football Season! And we are searching the web like crazy to check out as many bands as possible. Using mostly YouTube, of course, but I am also putting the names of the schools that I know in a search engine and adding words like ‘bands’, ‘hbcu’, etc.; and I have been surprised at my results. The results returned all of the black colleges that were playing in week 1, but the thumbnails looked like video games. I clicked on the Hampton vs. Tennessee Tech video, and I was surprised to see that this was a The actual game using EA Sports College Football ’13! I then looked to see who’s channel this was and saw that he has simulated all of the Black College Football games for that week. I immediately subscribed to his channel and sent him a message to say how cool this was. He responded with “thank you”, but told me about the game called Black College Football: BCFX: The Xperience and how excited he was when the game was first released in 2007. (Lolita Carter, the band director at Dominguez High School, told me about the exact same game.) I personally never played the game and vaguely remember much marketing around the product, but after talking with Lolita, I researched the game and the reviews condemned the game. There was even a part of the game where the user had to win the halftime show by playing with the band using something similar to the gameplay of ‘Guitar Hero’ and ‘Rock Band’. I will have to check it out for GP, but Butcher Black was upset with the game and wanted to do something to give back to the schools and to give a better representation of Black College Football.
This is crazy tight, and I am watching the games myself late at night after I put the family down and when there is no football on TV. Butcher Black is doing something great, and he will be a guest on the ‘Choppin’ It Up’ show in 2013. I have not talked with Butcher Black extensively, but it appears that he is a gamer and/or employed in the gaming industry. This is another avenue to present to our kids for career development, and we look forward to his show on our network. Big Ups to Butcher Black, and I have posted a link to his Black College Football with EA Sports below. Go to the site and subscribe to his channel!