The first SOLAR FLARE ARKESTRAL MARCHING BAND appearance will be performed by THE MORGAN PARK HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND. The band’s extraordinary director, Ms. Shemeka Nash, embraces the opportunity to expose her students to the music of Sun Ra and a performance in a new setting.
I was really taken with this high school when I visited. At 2:30 in the afternoon, the place was buzzing with activity. Football practice, drill team, color car, drum corp, and tennis were all being practice and enjoyed. Ms. Nash is an extremely dedicated educator and her band is full of creative and positive young people. That’s what I like!
This band’s interpretation of Sun Ra’s music as arranged by composer, Greg Ward, should not be missed. In case you are interested in learning more about this band and Morgan Park High, click on the links here. With a couple of clicks of you mouse, you can adopt Ms. Nash’s band and help support their huge operation.
As Ms. Nash explained to me, “This is a Grade A, black, high school marching show band.” Okay? The Morgan Park High School Marching Band gets down! And now with their cooperation, the Solar Flare Arkestral Marching Band has officially launched! The performances will not be widely announced until a few days before they occur, but you can expect the Ark to land sometime during the last week of August. And it’s LIFTOFF!