African American Music

African American Drill Teams

A selection of the Epic Step Squad & Drillers Never Stop, October 8, 1994 TMY-1994/R6

Selection 1 [My Sisters, Slow Step]
Selection 2 [Unique]
Selection 3 [Get Busy]
Selection 3 [Tootsie Roll]
Selection 3 [Never Stop]
Selection 3 [Am I My Sisters Keeper]

 

Transcript to performance, TMY-1993/R-6-T


We are   Present arms   Mixabelle, Gena, Wanda, Galen, Wanda
DNS! DNS! DNS!

Attention! Step Two! All Right!
   Step dancing

Attention! March tvo .... Hit it! Hit it!

Hit It! Attention!

B - E - A - T (Hand clapping)
B - E - A - T (Stepping)

Call out! Let me .........

Attention! Mark Time. Left, left, left, left. March, step, step. Now Move! To the left, march, left, left, left!

Step dancing

My sisters!
What?
My sisters!
What?
My sisters!
What?
I can't hear you!
My sisters!
What, what!
I said my sisters!
Yes!
My Nubian sisters!
Oh yes!
When I say Epic, you say sound!
Epic!
Sound!
Epic!
Sound!
Epic, Epic!
Sound, Sound!
When I say Epic, you say sound!
Epic!
Sound!
Epic!
Sound!
Epic, Epic!
Sound, Sound!
Epic, Epic, Epic, Epic!
Sound, Sound, Sound, Sound!

What are we?
Smooth
What are we?
Smooth
Like what?
Like butter
Like what?
Like butter
What are we?
Smooth
What are we?
Smooth
What are we?
Smooth
Like what?
Like butter
Like what?
Like butter
What are we?
Smooth
What are we?
Smooth
What-are-we?
Smooth
Like what?
Like butter

We are
E - S - S
Better known as
Unique, black sisters

Song: Part of "That's the Way Love Goes" by Janet Jackson

What song vas that you beautiful
What song vas that you beautiful
What song vas that you beautiful
What song was that you beautiful

(Dancers introduce themselves)

Song: "That's the Way Love Goes"

Like a moth through a flame burned by the file
My love is blind
Can't you see my desire?
(That's the vay love goes)

Step dancing

Yah, my sisters!

What time is it?
Step time
What time is it?
Step time
What time is it?
It's time to step, step
It's time to step, step
We'll put you in a cab
Come on, let us __________.

Step dancing

How do you feel?
I feel good, whooh!
About that
I feel good, whooh!
About that

Step dancing

Hit it! E - S - S, your move: E - S - S, you lose!

Are you ready?
Yeah, come on

Step dancing

E - S - S
What?
Ready set
Two

Hit it!

Epic Step #1 Left face, about face. E - S - S, who are we?

At ease! Attention! Hit it! E - P - I - I - C! EPIC, Hit it!

Step dancing

 

Gospel Music

Enjoy a performance by The New Hope Baptist Church Choir, recorded October 11, 1987, at the Tucson Meet Yourself Festival.

Gospel singer
Norma Reynolds, Tucson Gospel singer, at the Sunday afternoon religious music concert which is a traditional part of TMY. Woody Wooden photo. 1976

Pauline Shaw Gospel Singers of Casa Grande, Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, October 13, 1991, TMY 1991-R8

Battle Hymn of the Republic
This Little Light of Mine
Oh Search Me, Lord
Jesus Gets Us Ready
What Would It Mean?

 

Pauline Shaw Gospel Singers of Casa Grande, Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, October 10, 1993, TMY 1993-R7

Battle Hymn of the Republic
This Joy That I Have
Search Me Lord
Amazing Grace
Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus
God Lift Me Up
[Unknown]
What a Blessing
Give Me My Flowers
God Be With You Until We Meet Again

 

Choir of Prince Chapel, A. M. E., Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, October 9-10, 1993, TMY 1993-R7

Listen to the T-Rex:
You Should Be A Witness
Somebody's Knocking At Your Door [soloist Mr.s Helen Mens; original tape ended prematurely]

 

Tru to Form, Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, October 13, 1991, TMY 1991-R8

Heaven
Meantime
It's Gonna Be Alright
For You
Hold Up The Light

 

Good Time Gospel Boys, Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, October 13, 1991, TMY 1991-R8

Jim Griffith introduces the Good Time Gospel Boys
When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
Where Could I Go, But To The Lord
Life's Railway To Heaven
I'll Fly Away , accompanied by Jim Griffith
It Is No Secret What God Can Do
He Walks With Me

 

Marches

Song: "Whistling Rufus"
Tom Bukowski
MUS 334 Professor Sturman
October 14, 2002

"Whistling Rufus" is an African-American song composed by Frederick A. "Kerry" Mills in 1899. It is typically described as a march, and can be used effectively as a two-step, polka or cakewalk. An example of its popularity is given on the first page of the music sheet: "No cakewalk given in the Black Belt district of Alabama was considered worth while attending unless 'Whistling Rufus' was engaged to furnish the music. Unlike other musicians, Rufus always performed alone, playing an accompaniment to his whistling on an old guitar, and it was with great pride that he called himself the 'one-man band'." Although not verified, this quote is likely from Kerry Mills as he was both the composer and publisher of the song.

The cakewalk, an early Southern practice dating back to the 1870s, spread throughout the country with hundreds of cakewalks being published and performed by concert bands, minstrel shows and Broadway entertainers. This dance tradition started when some plantation owners would bake a cake on Sundays and invite the neighbors over and have a dance contest of the slaves for entertainment. Originally a cake was given to the winner, however the prizes changed over time. Eventually, the Cakewalk became the first American dance to cross over from black to white society as well as from the stage (Minstrel shows) to ballroom.

By the 1890's the widely popular cakewalk, with its simple syncopation, was the forerunner of ragtime and jazz. The cakewalk eventually died in the 1920's, but it opened the window for other African-American dances to enter white society in the future. Although cakewalks are no longer popular, the instrumental version of "Whistling Roofus" can still be heard. The popular melody is not subject to the same censure that we would today place upon the original lyrics, seen below, and few performers today know them or would care to sing them.

This nigger would go to a ball or a party,
Rainy weather or shine,
And when he got there was a handsome nigger
After the chicken and the wine.
And when he got through with the chicken and the wine,
Then he whistled and he sung so grand
That they thought the angels' harps was a-playing.
And they called him the one-band man.

(Chorus): Don't make no blunder, they couldn't lose him,
For perfect wonder they had to choose him;
A great musician with a high position
Was whistling Rufus, the one-band man.

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