The idea came to me from my fraternity Omega Psi Phi where we are focused in creating programs for the advancment of our community, inturn the advancement of the world. My line brother AC Campbell started an Academic and Athletic Camp at Ontario High School in Ontario, CA where students would attend workshops to prepare them for college and play basketball in the school gym all in one day. It was an amazing success and from there I wanted to create my own program to benefit the world.
On September 11, 2011 The Marching Podcast was born here on WordPress. It wasn’t called The Marching Podcast then but I did want to create some type of podcast. My first thought was to do somethings with sports and/or fantasy football with my friend Collin Welbon who was also going to help as the editor for all the blog posts. I didn’t know that it would evolve into a podcast network with four different shows, but it started here as a blog to help spread the word about Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Our first post Hello World! explained to the world that me with the help of two of my friends from Johnson C. Smith, Samuel Glover and Steve Johnson, would be making notes and posting our experiences related to band moving forward. In May of 2012, I started broadcasting podcast style using the platform BlogTalkRadio (BTR), discussing topics related to marching band and any updates about my experiences building the network. I picked BTR because I follow HBCUDigest on Twitter and met Jarrett Carter Sr. who was brodcasting his show on BTR and things started to focus in my mind where I wanted to go. With Jarrett’s help and guidance I started the website for The Marching Podcast found a brand icon I could use for my show from a good friend from Nashville Marvin Haywood, started all the social media channels and been rolling ever since. I do want to send a shot out to John Pickens who designed all the icons for the three shows we created along the way. I also want to thank Christy Walker, Rashad Watters, Bridgette Bell and Ernest Stackhouse for being panelists on The 90 Degree Show podcasts. They were with me the longest including the season we did with NBC sports Radio. I have received help from so many people this blog post would be longer than I wanted, but I will say I never expected the love and support from so many people to get this going and I am grateful to all those people that have help me create something where I can give back to all HBCUs.
With all the advances we have made, we are at the point where we don’t need to have a blog in addition to the other platforms we are using to get our message out. We are going to discontinue the marching podcast blog on the 11th birthday of this venture, September 11, 2022. The site will close down and the domain themarchingpodcast.blog will be inactive. We will continue to send out news through social media and all the channels we share our content.
Thank you very much for all your love and support for this network and we will continue to see you on the interwebs as we continue to build for our beloved HBCUs!
Things are moving along, and I am very grateful. Now I need to build the list of people who I want to interview for this podcast. I have met some folks through various websites, and I would like for them to advertise what they are doing. I would prefer, of course, a graduate from an HBCU that marched in their band, but I understand that there is more knowledge out there to give to our youth. So anyone who is involved with music, providing leadership to youth, doing something to build our communities and/or someone who can give a positive influence and role model to our young people, I would like for you to help with this podcast. Since there is no professional band league, we need to get kids to think about what they will do after school is over. How will they give back to their communities? Here is the list that I made off the top of my head.
1. Tamala Jones
2. Born Foster
3. Josh Collins
4. Gerald Henderson
5. Moreh Smith
6. Samuel Glover
7. Michael McGruder
8. Duncan Gray
9. The Funky Fishing Show with Anthony Taylor and Hanief Saterfield
10. Mara Jean
11. Jalani Bakari
12. Maleta Wilson
13. Ron Duplessis
14. Gregory Johnson
15. Donyelle Walls
16. Cortez Bryant
The Funky Fishing Show, which is hosted by two of my fraternity brothers, is the only one on the list that is not on task per say, but two positive men doing a fishing show is the same idea that allowed me to create the radio podcast show for marching bands. So, with this in mind, I hope to hear from everyone.
Since finding the applications to use I have created a couple of podcasts to get things going. I work with friend Collin Welbon to create a podcast and update a blog about our fantasy football league. I love sports and fantasy sports, so creating and writing about them provide a win win as they say because I am able to gain experience in this new media thing from two sides.
So to kick off this journey I would like to interview contacts that I have in the industry. Chris Jones, super bandsman, entrepeneuer, former drum major, creator of marching aerobics, Guiness book world record holder…if I sit here and think I may be typing for a while but most of all good friend. He was recently in Jackson, MS for a performance and is currently working in the Atlanta Public School system. I am going to talk to him about his performances, how he gets his business out and how he tries to spread love for bands.
The other interview is a good friend of mine Samuel Glover that works as the percussion director for a band in the CIAA. He is preparing for a battle in the next week and I am going to talk to him about what he does to get his students ready for battle. He also is going to talk to me about preparing his students for academia, martriculating on campus and growing into a productive citizen. I will post the interview times when they are confirmed.
Hello world.. This is Joe Beard here to start documenting the love that I have for black college bands and to create a form of lively hood, promise, future, and community uplift to help change my community and to spread my love of black college bands to the world and to provide an avenue of education to our youth.
Of course no one does anything alone so that is why my partner in crime Samuel Glover will be building this empire with me. Not to mention the real brains behind any organization Steve Johnson… we will be applying teamwork that we learned when marching together for the International Institution of Sound Johnson C. Smith. After going our separate ways and with the help of all this new technology we are here to provide a service that we ourselves are dying for.
This blog is to post our ideas and to journal our road to what we are going for. We have individually done things to this point so now we are using this site to bring it all together. We would like to have a weekly podcast, that would build our capital and name and soon be an avenue for youth to earn music degrees to college and prepare them for lift. He hope to one day have a music school, a battle of the bands, mock drafts, high school seminars, anything that may excite the pulse of a bandsman so that we can not only build popularity but build community by exciting more of our youth about college and getting an education.