Chicago is having a lovely lovely Autumn.

When The Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching band and I agreed on a date for our flashmob, we had to be optimistic about the weather, but of course you never know. Sure enough, a week before the shoot, all forcasts predict a 40% chance of rain. 2 days before the shoot, it’s a 50% chance of rain. I’m thinking, “Really, Chicago? Can I not catch a break?” Well, apparently the Weather Boos heard me because when I woke up Sunday morning, October 24, the clouds were parting, and the sun was shining. Indeed, it was downright balmy. My crew stayed dry, the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band played their hearts out. We had a really good time.

THE SOLAR FLARE ARKESTRAL MARCHING BAND #2

landed at the Raymond Hilliard Homes at approximately 1pm on Sunday afternoon.

The Arkestra performed WHERE PATHWAYS MEET. Composed by Sun Ra.

Arranged by Mr. Frederick Tapley.

Coordinated by The wonderful Robert Schultz and Rhonda Thullis (these two are not mere humans, no, but angels).

THIS MARCH IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MUSICAL LEGEND AND AMERICAN TREASURE,

FRED ANDERSON

And we also pay homage to the following young people:

Justin Aaberg

Billy Lucas

Asher Brown

Seth Walsh

Raymond Chase

Tyler Clementi.

May the cosmos bring you peace, children.

 

Here’s a slideshow preview. The video is going to take a moment to present – some other projects, namely a fundraiser,  are crowding the front seat.

I hope you enjoy the images as much as the crew and I had fun filming them.

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Very Special Thanks (in no particular order) to:

Mr. Frederick Tapley

Ben Chaffee

Samuel Davis

Ivan Lozano

Jessica Beardsley

Floyd Webb

Michael Gleason

James Smith

Benji Pearson

Jessica

Ben T. Brown

Trenton Smith

Curtis Carrington

The Gracious Residents of The Raymond Hilliard Homes

Lionel Spires

Nicole McKinney

Rhonda Thullis

Robert Schultz

Dr. Daniel Berger

Torkwase Dyson

and

Shannon Stratton & Lauren Basing @

threewalls

 

 

 

 

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