The East Orange Unified Marching
Band* is no longer part of the East Orange School District and
has reorganized with the East Orange Safe Haven Police Athletic
League. We will be accepting any students from any schools
(public or private, elementary or high school) in East Orange.
Anyone who doesn't think that a marching band is an athletic
group is invited to come and work out with us. We will still be
under the leadership of Mr. Frederick Goode, and any students,
teachers, alumni or band parents who want to volunteer to
participate will be welcome.
L-R: Adam Engers, Rosenda Tomlinson, Amanda
Rexach, Jacqueline Saez, Maria Nieves, Jazmin Ramirez, Miriah
Tomlinson, Joshua Reserve
08/28/15 - Aware that they are
now a part of East Orange History in the Making, members
of the newly reorganized East Orange Unified Marching Band
learn about their new affiliation under the Safe Haven Police
Athletic League. In the next few days they will spread the word
and begin rebuilding the band, no longer tied to the East Orange
School District or any one of the East Orange Schools. While
members of the Band must still reside in East Orange, just as
members of the PAL Wildcat Football and Cheerleading
Teams reside in East Orange, they can
attend any school, private or public.
L-R at the front, wearing EOUMB shirts: Ms
Jacqueline Saez, Mr. Frederick Goode, Alumnus Lloyd Tomlinson
08/29/15 - A formal organization
meeting was held on Mr. Goode's backyard patio for students and
parents so that questions could be answered and everyone would
know what steps have to be taken next.
At the end of the meeting, the
organizing members who have signed Police Athletic League
applications to be a part of the East Orange Unified Marching
Band into the future, posed for a historic photo to remember the
occasion. This is the start of a new era.
Leadership Training has begun,
still in the backyard area. Those training to be section leaders
or drum majors are taking turns leading the Band in giving and
following parade orders as Mr. Goode looks on.
For lunch, everyone makes his or
her own personal pizza on the backyard grill, along with a glass
of Fred's freshly squeezed lemonade.
Later on, the four drum major
candidates get together and work out with their home-made maces
as Mr. Goode shows them what they need to know.
The four drum major candidates
are (L-R): Desmond Drake, Adam Engers, Rosenda Tomlinson, and
At today's leadership training
session, we were surprised by a visit from Alumnus Russell Archer
(#45 in the center). Other alumni have been dropping by from time
to time to check on their progress and offer tips.
Rosenda Tomlinson is the first to
receive a new instrument of her own (clarinet), donated by Jim
Gerrish. We will
attempt to find donors of instruments for each member of the Band so that they can take their instrument home and really
learn to play it full time with no school board restrictions.
Imagine Mozart learning to play the harpsichord but not having
one at home! We would never know his name if he had gone to a
government-run public school. Please contact Ms Saez or Mr
Goode if you have an instrument you
would like to donate to a young musician. You will have a
guaranteed front row seat at any concert in which your young
musician is playing on the instrument that you donated!
L-R: Back to Front - Saied Beckford
- Bass Clef Baritone player,
Jabree Johnson - Cymbal player, Miriah Tomlinson -
Miriah Tomlinson received her new
trumpet at the end of daily leadership training sessions, and
started right out to play it. The Band will be participating in
tomorrow's Summer Jam at Elmwood Park, and will be recruiting new
members at that time.
Other people will
have photos of what else was going on, and I will link to them if
they are on-line somewhere, but this was the first
"gig" of the newly reorganized PAL-EOUMB, so here is
our table. The banner was designed and drawn by our resident band
artist, Desmond Drake late last night in the backyard. The
rest of the band was spread out around the park doing various
tasks to help out.
Day of School - First Day of Band Practice at Rowley Park
The band leaders
who have been working for the past week line up with new members
and regular band members for this first day of practice at Rowley
Park. The leaders are dressed in black, while the others either
wear white and black or street clothes if they have not yet been
issued a uniform.
The leaders give the band and new
members a refresher course and a quick demonstration before
breaking into groups and teaching the individual sections.
By the end of
practice, we can already see improvement just in the way everyone
is standing at attention.
The sad, dilapidated building in the background is the former Marlborough Hotel, once the pride of East Orange, which
should be a historic landmark and cared for, not left as a target
for those who have no respect or pride in their neighborhood,
their city or its history.
A rainy day
doesn't stop the band. They just move into the Rowley Park field
As you can see,
there is plenty of room inside for stretching and exercises.
This will be the
band's new home during any kind of inclement weather. Although
all the instruments have not yet arrived, we are taking advantage
of the time by learning and practicing the fundamentals of
Today, Desmond Drake
(left) received his own personal trumpet, while Adam
Engers (right) received his own personal mellophone.
These are not instruments belonging to any school
district, or even the Police Athletic League, but they
were given as private donations directly to those who
could make the best use of them, with no strings
attached. More are needed. Please help if you can.
Jabree Johnson (center) has been
playing cymbals but wants to move up to playing snare drum, and
so he received a donation of drum sticks and a drum pad to get
him started. Today he received some drum lessons from alumni with
experience on the EOUMB drumline. Michael Winters (left) and
Julius Sheppard (right) date back to when Mr. Goode directed the
Clifford Scott Band and they are still here volunteering their
support of the newly reorganized PAL-EOUMB.
Saeid Beckford received a brand
new baritone horn. The horn donated was designed to be played
sitting down, rather than marching, but it is good enough to keep
in shape musically while a marching baritone horn is being sought
for Saied and the others who will play baritones in the Band.
Meanwhile, he can take it home and practice, because it belongs
to him. When he no longer needs it, he will pass it on to a
beginner who wants to learn to play the baritone.