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Approaching Storm in the ‘Hood

July 1, 2008



          Two weeks ago on the summer solstice night of friday June, 20th the residents of Clinton Hill were treated  to an impomptu concert on the corner of Putnam and Grand aves. Fresh of winning their 19th contest in a row, The Approaching Storm Marching Band jumped out their charter bus and began to rock to the delight of many in attendance. Consisting of children between the ages of 9-19 years old, The Approaching Storm Marching Band is a non-profit group led by director Sergio M. Carter. , who has dubbed them, the only southern style marching band in the northeast

          The randomness of getting a great show on the corner is the kind of spontaneity that keeps my love affair with this neighborhood, this borough and city thriving. I purposely waited awhile to post about this because I was HOPING someone would have atleast mentioned it on other blogs or forums…not a whisper. Which is ironic considering the band was louder than gun shots, on the same stretch where Councilwoman Leticia James not too long ago had a press conference about gun violence and happened to be around the corner from one Brooklyn’s most prominent bloggers…These teens weren’t “marauding” though…You know what I will leave it at that!! Here’s more pictures at the bottom, they drew a hell of a crowd. For Band info contact the director Sergio Carter at:


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