DETROIT MASS BAND PERFORMANCE AT BOBBY'S KIDS FILM PREMIERE on 2.25.23 at 2pm at Southfield A&T!
Join Our Special Band & Dance Clinic with Dr. Richard Beckford and FMU The ROAR Band Staff
Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 8am - 1pm
Register by February 22, 2023 at 5pm EST
WHAT YOU CAN SEE YOU CAN BE.
In honor of Mr. Bobby L. Brown, the Mackenzie "Band of Renown", the release of "Bobby's Kids" documentary, and his commitment to expose band students to what's possible, we will be having Florida Memorial University "The ROAR" Band Staff to host a band clinic for the students of Detroit and surrounding areas on Feb 25th. This All-Star staff lead by 30 year iconic high school band director and arranger Dr. Richard Beckford contains over 40 years of black musical excellence both in education and as professional musicians.
ABOUT DR. RICHARD BECKFORD
Before building the fastest rising HBCU band in the country at Florida Memorial University, Dr. Richard Beckford spent 30 years as an iconic band director in South Florida at Miami Carol City High and Ealy High School having some of the largest high school bands in the country of over 400 students. He has contributed to the matriculation of dozens of K-12 and collegiate band directors and sent hundreds of students to college on music scholarships.
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* You must attend the band clinic and perform in the mass band who will be performing at the Bobby's Kids Premiere Screening at Southfield A&T High School, 2pm. February 25, 2023. While supplies last, so please register asap to secure your space.
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Meet The Clinicians
Florida Memorial University's All Star Band Staff with over 40 years in both education and as professional performing musicians.
Dr. Richard Beckford
Director of Bands, Arranger
Assistant Dir. of Bands, Expert in Performance & Drum Major Mastery
Director of LionEssence Danceline, Former Miami Heat Dancer & Choreographer
BOBBY'S KIDS BAND CLINIC SCHEDULE
(Please wear your schools band shirt and dark pants)
Full Band Rehearsal
Work with sectional clinicians
Full Band Rehearsal
Perform with the largest Detroit Mass All School Band led by Florida Memorial University's The ROAR Marching Band Leaders and staff at the Bobby's Kids Film Premiere!
On Site Scholarship Auditions!
Florida Memorial University will be conducting on-site scholarship auditions for graduating seniors in the Detroit and surrounding areas after the clinic and before the film screening. To learn more about The ROAR visit www.theroarmarchingband.com
ABOUT THE FILM
BOBBY'S KIDS is the story of how one man empowered a whole generation to see the possibility in going to college through music. Bobby L. Brown was the iconic band director of the Mackenzie High School "Band of Renown" of Detroit. Mr. Brown, a Southern University graduate and alumni of the famed band The "Human Jukebox" brought the HBCU Marching Band culture to Detroit in the 80's when drugs, murders, and crime were at an all-time high. Building a band from nothing, in just a few short years the band had raisedto national acclaim and Brown had sent dozens of students on scholarships to Southern University and other HBCU's like Florida A&M, Jackson State, Tuskegee, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Delaware State, Alabama State - all on band scholarships. At one time Mr. Brown had nearly 40 students all from Mackenzie High School attending Southern University on band scholarships - a little known historic achievement.
It also covers the rise and fall of the Detroit Public School Systems band culture while bringing hope with the resurgence of Detroit's current bands and new roads to recruitment. Included in the film are exciting performances, the rich legacy of the Southern University "Human Jukebox", never before seen footage of Dr. Greggs, iconic leader of the band and interviews with current Human Jukebox visionary director Kedric Taylor as well as current members of the band from Detroit. Bobby L. Brown created a family of band students that spread across the globe and his legacy is present in current HBCU band programs which will be featured in the documentary. His story and impact had never been told until now. BOBBY'S KIDS is a story of tough love, drive, and demonstrates the spirit of Detroit which is fueled by the relentless spirit of the underdog. BOBBY'S KIDS has a universal message that all can understand - exposure is everything, therefore "What You Can See You Can Be" - which was the consistent element Brown engrained in his students.