Back in the day when I was growing up at Booker T. Washington Junior, Senior High School, no sound could thrill me like the boom-boom-boom of the drums of the marching band. The sound made me happy; made me want to move my feet to its beat.
Today, I live not too far from two high schools, and the sound of band practice still brings back those fond memories of high-stepping band members and majorettes.
Last year, the Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida, hosted its first South Florida Marching Band Precision Camp and more than 160 students showed up. They came from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and even San Antonio, Texas. So successful was the camp that the archives foundation decided to make it an annual event.
This year the camp will be from Monday through July 28. And at 6 p.m. Sunday, the week-long camp will kick off with a parent orientation event at the Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex at 819 NW Second Ave. in Overtown. Sunday’s event will feature a special performance by the band directors for the parents and guests.
During the orientation, campers and their parents will complete registration and meet the camp staff and instructors, including the head camp clinician Dr. Shelby R. Chipman. Parents will also receive information about transportation, meals and the camp schedule.
Chipman is a graduate of Miami Northwestern High School and the former band director of Miami Central High. He currently is an associate professor and director of symphonic bands at Florida A & M University.
“The South Florida Marching Band Precision Band Camp focuses on training students on how to achieve better success so that when they return to their schools, their programs will improve,” Chipman said. “We are so inspired and blessed to have these wonderful young and talented students in our second annual camp.”
While the camp will include lots of fun, Chipman said “the campers will be working incredibly hard to produce what will be amazing presentations for their parents, friends and our community.”
During the week-long camp, band members will participate in daily rehearsals led by band directors from South Florida high schools and beyond. Throughout the week the participants will showcase their talents at free public events, including a performance at the Overtown Music and Arts Festival on July 25; a symphonic band and ensemble concert at 6 p.m. July 26 at the Lyric Theater, and a marching band performance on July 28.
Registration for the camp is $60 per student and includes daily lunch, band camp T-shirt and hat. Transportation options are available for an additional $10 per person. Register online at www.sfbc.eventbrite.com , or call 786-708-4610 for more information.
99 JAMZ welcomes ‘Big Mack’
Congratulations to Cory “Big Mack” Roberts, who recently was named the new assistant director of branding and programming for the legendary urban radio station, WEDR/99 JAMZ.
Roberts grew up in New Jersey and studied at Hofstra University. He has a sound engineering degree from the Institute of Audion Research in New York. He got his start in radio at WWPR in New York, working under Program Director Cadillac Jack, who later brought Roberts with him to Boston to start up Rhythm AC radio station, WBQT/HOT 96.9, as the morning show producer/on-air talent/music assistant.
“Big Mack lives, loves, and breathes radio” said Jill Strada, Cox Media Group Miami’s director of branding and programming. “He’s an up-and-coming superstar with diverse talents and a strong work ethic. I’m thrilled to welcome him to Miami and to the 99 JAMZ family.”
Woman’s Club bingo
The Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove at 2985 S. Bayshore Dr. invites you, your family and friends to join them in bingo games at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Admission is $5 for adults. Children under 12 play for free. Cards are $1 each with a minimum of five games. The event will include refreshments and snacks and, I am told, “great and exciting prizes and gift certificates.”
The last game will be a $1,000 cash prize with full bingo card of 46 numbers called. All proceeds will benefit the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove.
Public parking is at St. Stephens Episcopal Church for a $3 flat rate.
Black Women in Construction
The South Florida chapter of the National Association of Black Women in Construction invites you to its luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday beginning with networking, followed at noon by lunch at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant, 1395 NW 57th Ave.
The program will include a presentation entitled “The $13 Billion in Water Industry Opportunities.”
If you go, RSVP by calling Shirley Everett, president of NABWIC, at 305-694-3100 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feeding South Florida
Congratulations to the recent officer appointments for Feeding South Florida. New officers are Harris Siskind, board chairman; Diana Brooks, immediate past board chair; Benny Gonzalez, board treasurer; and Eddie Rivera, board secretary. All are current board members. New board members are Carolyn Bolton and Don Hsieh. The appointments were made by Paco Velez, CEO of Feeding South Florida.
There are 785,040 people in South Florida who struggle to put food on the table. Included are 280,630 children and 150,000 older adults, according to the organization, which is dedicated to the mission of ending hunger in South Florida.
Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Friends and Neighbors, c/o Neighbors, 2000 NW 150th Ave., Suite 1105, Pembroke Pines, FL 33028, fax it to 954-538-7018 or email email@example.com. Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.