Big Kudos to all of the bands that showed up and out on Sunday at "Adrian Carroll's 9th annual Battle of the Bands." Having never been to such a large scale HBCU marching band affair, I was like a kid in a candy store. The color guard, the dance team outfits and the way the drum majors take control of the band left me high stepping out of O' Kelly Riddick Stadium.
Everyone responsible for getting the bands to North Carolina Central University deserve huge shout outs. The band parents were dedicated and helped band members in and out of costumes. They picked up flags from color guard as the bands moved through their routines. Chaperone's and volunteers moved equipment and helped with more than performance. Some bands, like "Southwest Dekalb Marching Panthers " came from Georgia, as an exhibition band. The 300 member crew is the largest high stepping high school band in the nation and has appeared in the hit movie "Drumline."
The documentary "Cadence Unheard", seen on FOX 50 opened my eyes to how disciplined band leaders and members are. They run laps and work out before ever putting on the uniform. The discipline showed as the drum majors high stepped their way through popular songs. The crowd danced and enjoyed the show. Big shouts go out to the organizers (Adrian Carroll & Eric Terry) and all that made the event possible.
Mike Tilley was featured in the documentary. He passed away before graduating from Hillside High School. His mother was only a few seats away and her enthusiasm for all the bands and the subtle way the Hillside Hornets drumline paused near her as they marched off the field, will stay with me forever. Southern Durham High School paid tribute to Tilley during their performance. Members held a homemade banner with his name during a portion of their performance.
The NC Triangle Susan G. Komen chapter was presented with a $2,000 check. A portion of ticket sales helped Adrian Carroll and BOTB provide that. Komen reps were on hand to accept the check. Band members wore pink and balloons were released in honor of those lost to breast cancer.