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Title:“I think we sounded black!”: space and community in Black drum and bugle corps
Author(s):Jorge, Jamil
Advisor(s):Solis, Gabriel
Contributor(s):Magee, Gayle
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Black drum and bugle corps
Drum and bugle corps
Abstract:This thesis examines three Black drum and bugle corps from the Civil Rights era of the nineteen-fifties and sixties: the Carter Cadets and the CMCC Warriors Drum and Bugle Corps from New York City, NY and the Washington VIPs from Washington, D.C. It uses historical and ethnographic methods to present a history of Black corps, mainly based on interviews with alumni. By using theories of space and community, the goal is to analyze how urban planning made way for the formation of Black corps in inner cities. These marching ensembles served two purposes within their communities: to teach youth valuable life skills to benefit their socioeconomic advancement, and to protect them from likely life-threatening situations, including drugs and violence, by showing them how to embrace their Black identities and create awareness of different opportunities. This significance of this study is to present a little- researched performing ensemble within the United States, and base it historically during the Civil rights era to show one way Black communities coped with urban planning and the lack of socioeconomic opportunities in their neighborhoods.
Issue Date:2017-04-25
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Jamil Jorge
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-08-10
Date Deposited:2017-05

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