I had a great time, and I met some great people while attending the LA Drum Show! I was really excited about having my own t-shirt and hat to wear to promote The Marching Podcast, and the conversations that I had with people about what I am doing. This was the premier event in the State of California for the show style marching competition, so for me to be able to bring my experiences to this event was great when it came to connecting with some of the people. I touched base with Lolita Carter who was a guest on our show. I met Harold Hutchinson from Inglewood High School, Anthony Ransfer, the director from Compton High School, Manuel Castaneda from Centennial High School, the director Quincy Griffin, and percussion instructor Kerian Cox of the winning school from James S. Rickards in Tallahassee, FL. I also got a chance to speak with some of the sponsors of the event that had booths promoting their products. I met the Co-Founder and current President of The Legacy Roundtable, Ingrid Johnson, who also represents CAAP (California African-American Parents) as well as Curtis Silvers Jr., the area director for the UNCF (United Negro College Fund), and a guy who marched for FAMU that sponsored the FL band to be at the event to compete, Bernard Kinsley, who was also representing Omega Psi Phi. We will be chasing these people down for future interviews on the Choppin’ It Up show.
James S. Rickards from Tallahassee, FL won the show no doubt. Centennial came in second, and Inglewood was third. Rickards brought an intensity that is not recognized here in CA for bands, but it was good for the young CA students to see. I think it was really important for the young students from California to see, when considering marching at the next level. James S. Rickards moved like FAMU. The director and percussion instructor both marched with the 100, so it was no surprise. They had a higher degree of difficulty with their sticking and with their movements. I noticed that most of the schools used gimmick-type of things to get the crowd hyped. The CA drumlines were not familiar with show cadences, so they had kids walking around getting the crowd hyped. Centennial actually had a mascot dance during some of their beats which definitely got the crowd excited. I liked what Centennial did because they also came with a full show with mechanics, but the gimmicks should not have been the common theme amongst the schools.
This was my first media event, and I received a media pass! The location of where the media could sit was not great to see the entire drumline. I moved a couple of times and when I finally found a good spot, I ran out of battery power. I missed James S. Rickards, Inglewood, and Dominguez. I will know in the future to bring extra batteries and have more of a plan of what I will record, and therefore not try to record the entire event. I should have taken more still photos, but I am learning. As I stated earlier, I was really proud to wear my t-shirt and baseball cap at the event and walk around introducing myself and telling people about my business. For a shy person, it helps to have a particular subject to approach people with in order to break the ice and meeting so many good people made the event that much sweeter. I hope to be at the event in 2014, since it takes place every two years. I also hope that The Marching Podcast will be bigger and doing well enough to get an “All Access” pass, so I can interview the celebrity judges. I would have loved to get Sheila E’s, Yo Yo and Mc Lyte’s information, but I could not get on the floor of the event. Now I have something to shoot for in 2014!
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!
Thanks for following our blog and thanks for listening to our network. We are proud to say that we are making great progress with the network and received confirmation with a great lineup of guests for the Choppin it Up show. This Sunday we go to the WoodShed with Avery McFadden. The following week the 22nd we talk with Lolita Carter of Dominguez Hills and City Sound. The 29th we talk with Robert Conner of Cream Percussion, and start the month of August with The 90 Degree Show: Goodbye the Capital City Classic with co host Marice Bailey. Marice will give the vibe and the word on the street in Jackson. In the middle of August we will chop it up with Christine Ngeo Katzman of Halftime Mag, and Tim Hinton of the Marching Roundtable. To wrap up the month of August we will talk to Maleta Wilson of HBCU Tours. Stay tuned for spoilers on how we will handle the upcoming marching season!
Thanks for all of the likes on our Facebook page. We hit 100 likes yesterday and that is a blessing. We appreciate the love and hope to build on this for the future. Through our resources, that we have stated in previous posts, we found Cream Percussion that is giving free percussion lessons in the Atlanta area and I met the band director at Dominguez Hills High School who not only directs one of only 5 show bands in California but also directs a DCI band City Sound. It is no doubt that Choppin it up will be the most compelling series on the network. We will talk to some heavy hitters and some strong minds that need to be in the spotlight for our youth to see and to change the fabric of a society that paints a different picture.
So we have decided on the frequency with keeping the marching podcast on Sunday’s at 6pm eastern time. Due to the fact that the Blunote show is still under construction and because we only have one instructor for woodsheddin’ we will add another 90 Degree Show or Choppin it up Show to fill the void. This upcoming weekend will be Choppin it up with Gregory Johnson but the following week will be Woodsheddin: Brass with Avery McFadden. The week after that (July 1) will be the July 4th weekend so we will take a holiday and return on July 8th with the 90 Degree show. It works out for because there are 5 Sundays in the July this year. I think that on the 8th depending on feedback we get we may talk with the person that publishes a sports blog on Bethune Cookman Sports who created a poll showing best home field advantage for hbcu football or we will find another topic to discuss. The following sunday the 15th we will chop it up with Timberly K the entertainer (tentative)
First Sunday of the month will be: The 90 Degree Show
Second Sunday of the month will be: WoodSheddin’
Third Sunday of the month will be: Choppin’ it up
Fourth Sunday of the month will be: The Blunote Show
We will follow this frequency starting in the month of September. Tune in this upcoming weekend to Choppin it up with Gregory Johnson.