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.