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Soulful Sound Marching Band Marches in Staten Island's "People Parade"

September 17, 2012

The Cheyney University "Soulful Sound" Marching Band was featured in The Sixth Annual African American Black Heritage Day Parade in Staten Island, NY this weekend.

Staten Islanders of African descent celebrated culture, community and what connects them with a "People Parade" which proceeded down Vanderbilt Avenue to Tappen Park in Stapleton, to the "We are Family Festival."  Doctors Vance (urologist) and Vince Moss (cardiologist) and retired Air Force Colonel Eric Garvin were Grand Marshals.

Staten Islander Crystal Weekes, who won a gold medal in sparring this summer for the AAU National Team in the fourth Costa Rica Open International Tae Kwon Do Championships, and Cheyney University's Soulful Sound Marching Band, from one of the oldest historical black colleges and universities, were among the highlights.

Other participants included the Baltimore Steppers, Baltimore Maryland, Soulful Tigers, Approaching Storm Marching Bands, Berean Community Baptist Church Drum Line and the Federation of Black Cowboys all from Brooklyn, New York, Malcolm X Shabazz High School Marching Band, from Newark, N.J. and Pink Diamond Steppers and St. Philips Baptist Church Drum Line from Staten Island.

The day was sponsored by community based organizations, civic groups, sororities, black-owned business and churches. Other sponsors included State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-North Shore), Unithree Investments Corp., Northfield Bank, Victory State Bank, Con Edison and AmeriGroup-Health Plus.