The Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band rehearses

July 9, 2006

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.

Getting a good view Posted by Picasa

Brass instruments gleaming Posted by Picasa

Here come the drummers Posted by Picasa

When the bandleader speaks, the musicians listen Posted by Picasa

The big bass drum Posted by Picasa

Hitting a high note Posted by Picasa

Waiting to play Posted by Picasa

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