The BKSTEPPERS Marching Arts will now perform on System Blue Professional Marching Percussion. System Blue is excited to have this progressive and incredible program as part of the family.
Founded in 1989 by principal Johnny Walker, the Jackie Robinson Steppers Marching Band adopted a southern style of performance and expression using precision dance and musical styles to create what was called “The Ultimate Musical Experience” for both audience and membership. This “One Band, One Sound” philosophy created a unit that became the equal of any university band, and the envy of their middle- and high-school peers.
In 2004, the band reorganized to become The Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band. The Brooklyn Steppers’ roster exploded to a peak strength of nearly 200 members. The world would soon take notice as The Brooklyn Steppers began receiving invitations to play at major events across the New York metropolitan area. A typical week consisted of performance dates with the New York Mets, the New York Knicks, The United Nations, and the Borough President of Brooklyn. Film and television soon came calling, with the band appearing on every network from ABC to MTV. The Steppers made silver screen appearances in such blockbusters as “Pulse: A STOMP Odyssey” and Disney’s Academy Award-nominated fantasy “Enchanted.” All the while The Steppers balanced their practice and performance expectations with the academic demands, which have become a cornerstone of the program.
The Brooklyn Steppers Marching comes through time and time again, and have nearly two decades of work culminated in what to date is the ultimate gig: representing the state of New York in the January 20, 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama.
Today, the BKSTEPPERS Marching Arts are soaring towards a future of artistic renewal, expanded programming, and social and community leadership. Listen, watch and experience the thrill of the BKSTEPPERS as they become an inspiring cultural institution and a source of pride to New York City.
“We are thrilled to have the BKSTEPPERS on board with System Blue,” remarks David Gibbs, President of System Blue, “They bring an incredible level of performance, design and history to the table. We are very excited to have them a part of the System Blue family.”
“For several year’s, we have partnered with System Blue to bring an incredible educational experience to percussionists in the Tri-state area. Today, we are excited to further cement our relationship by joining the System Blue family and have our ensemble perform on the lightest and innovative drums in the marketplace.” Antonio Thompson, Executive Director
Find out more about the BKSTEPPERS and System Blue – https://systemblue.org/