Music Under the Stars
Benefit Concert
06/11/11

Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh

Saturday June 11th, 2001. It was a rainy day, that turned into a rainy night. All the other band activities were cancelled, but not Music Under the Stars. Even though you couldn't see the stars in the sky, the stars appeared on stage in the 400 seat Theatre of Cicely Tyson Community School.


Photos from Video by Al-Quadir Marsh

There was a magic show to start things off, given by the Wiz Kids who share Frederick Goode as their director as well as the band director. Mr. Goode explained the Mission of The Wiz Kids, Inc, and showed everyone the first magic trick he had learned as a new Wiz Kid back in the 1980's - the Torn and Restored Napkin. Later in the show, Mr. Good performed one of his favorite Wiz Kid tricks that was invented by former Wiz Kid Director, Jim Gerrish - The One and Only Polisher of Sneakers or O.O.P.S! The young lady's sneaker was burnt to a crisp, but magically restored in the end by Mr. Goode.


Photos from Video by Al-Quadir Marsh

The young star of the Wiz Kid magic show was Wiz Kid Qua-Fiki. We had planned to have more young Wiz Kids perform on the show, but the weather thwarted our plans. Qua-Fiki (the stage name of our photographer Al-Quadir Marsh), performed one of his escapes, floated Mariah Tomlinson in the air, and performed one of his own magic inventions known as the "Bigger Box." He also allowed Fred Good and Jim Gerrish to try to chop off his head, but the blade just passed harmlessly through his neck.


Photo from Video by Al-Quadir Marsh

The concert itself began with musical selections by Melodies of Praise. The best way to appreciate this group is by hearing them perform, so see the video below.

The video is available on YouTube HERE:


Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh

Here are a few of the stars who came out to shine that rainy night.

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Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh


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Senior Bria Douglas conducts the Unified Marching Band on stage for what may be the last time before she heads off to college and a promising career in music that began here in East Orange.


Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh


Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh


Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh

Band Director Fred Goode poses with his departing seniors from the band, all of whom have been accepted at colleges and who will be pursuing careers in music or theatre arts.


Photo by Al-Quadir Marsh

The East Orange Unified Marching Band in Concert is also available on YouTube HERE:

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