The Star Steppers Majorettes and the Baby Blues Drumline #southernheritageclassic13

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The Star Steppers are yet another popular youth majorette program, and the drummers they marched with this year in the Southern Heritage Classic parade were the famous Baby Blues, who are probably Memphis’ best-known and most well-travelled youth drumline.

Memphis Booker T. Washington High School Band #southernheritageclassic13

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Booker T. Washington is Memphis’ oldest Black high school, and Memphis’ oldest Black high school marching band. Like Manassas, BTW has been through some rough times with lower enrollment, particularly since Cleaborn Homes was torn down, but their band seems to be on the way back up in numbers, based on what I could see at the Southern Heritage Classic Parade, 9/14/13

The Cowborettes Majorettes and Drummers in the Southern Heritage Classic Parade

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The Cowborettes are one of Memphis’ better-known majorette squads, and although they usually compete without drummers, they always march with a drumline when they’re in a parade. In this year’s Southern Heritage Classic Parade, they marched with the Blood Sweat & Tears drumline.

Millennium Madness Drill Team in the Southern Heritage Classic Parade

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The Millennium Madness Drill Team & Drum Squad is one of Memphis’ premiere drill teams, and one of the few that still gives young men an opportunity to be drummers. Here they are in this year’s Southern Heritage Classic Parade in Orange Mound, 9/14/13

Talladega College Marching Tornado Band in the Southern Heritage Classic Parade

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The Talladega College Marching Band is actually quite good, and has been a frequent visitor to Memphis over the last several years, appearing in the Southern Heritage Classic Parade, local band battles, and the Whitehaven Christmas Parade last year.

Chattanooga’s Howard High School Marching Band in the Southern Heritage Classic Parade

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The marching band from Chattanooga’s historic Howard High School marches in the Southern Heritage Classic Parade on Park Avenue in Memphis’ Orange Mound neighborhood, Saturday 9/14/13. Howard High School has been noted for their excellent bands for many years.

The Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands in the Southern Heritage Classic Parade in Orange Mound

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The Tennessee State University Aristocrat of Bands marches down Park Avenue in Orange Mound during the Southern Heritage Classic Parade in Memphis on Saturday, 9/14/13

Jackson State’s Sonic Boom of the South at the Southern Heritage Classic Parade in Orange Mound

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The Jackson State University Sonic Boom of the South marching band is usually the first band in the annual Southern Heritage Classic Parade in Orange Mound, and is extremely popular, as there have always been a number of Memphis musicians in that band, and many of the Memphis high school band programs are led by educators who attended Jackson State.

Under The Bridge

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When the Dumaine Street Gang second-line came to the Claiborne bridge for the third and final time of the afternoon, there was a crowd of several hundred people under the bridge. From there we made our way back to the corner of St. Philip and Villere where it had all begun four hours before, New Orleans, 12/02/12