Seventy Six Trombones
Seventy six trombones led the big parade
With a hundred and ten cornets close at hand
They were followed by rows and rows of the finest virtuosos
The cream of every famous band
– Meredith Willson, 1957
They call it Bridge Park, but usually the only thing growing behind the chain link fence – just below the Bronx-Queens Expressway – is a few weeds, some scruffy pigeons and a pile of broken glass. But every once in a while that rough patch of concrete gives life to rousing music. On this sunny Saturday members of the Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band are using Bridge Park as a rehearsal space. It isn’t easy to synchronize marching and playing, but these members of the Brooklyn Music and Arts Program are practicing diligently.