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Marching Rams Really “Hustle”
These are the highlights of
Winston-Salem State’s Marching
Rams. This year’s band, 90
members strong is under the
supervision of Jerry Head. They
are very talented people.
This year the spot-light is on
the percussion section, who call
themselves “STONE FUNK”.
The percussion section consists of
Butch, Big Mac, Rib, Manly,
Wildman, Concentrated Soul,
Mean Greene, Nook, Dre,
Pumpkin, The Byron, Fat Albert,
Poncho, and Stan. The energy
these guys display is remarkable.
The bank practices three to five
hours a day, perfections their
music and learning the
choreography. Marion “Pete”
Thomas, a junior band member,
creates much of the fancy
footwork. Not only is Ronald
“Ron” Holmes, our fantastic
drum major back with the
Marching Rams, but Richard
“Reb” Baxter, a sophomore with
high stepping potentials, has also
joined the group.
Featured tunes of the band this
season have been “That’s the
way of the World,” “Sweet Sticky
Thing,” and “The Hustle.”
Funky steps and latest dances,
which add to the excitement of
“The Experience”, as they are
commonly called, have
participated in parades, pep
rallys, and mini-parades, as well
as their normal half-time
performances at the football
The band will lose several of its
members to graduation next
year; Sharon Gregory, Rochelle
Redmon and Carolyn Brooks will
leave the clarinet section; Don
Ferrell, and Everette Lewis of
the brass section will leave;
Anthony Pace and Willard
Swinson will leave Stone Funk,
and Barbara McClure and
Yvonne Harris from the Flute
section. The Fiberglass fools will
lose Vemell Miles and Michael
Caldwell; saxophonist Travis
Wilson will leave and the Labelle
section will lose Anna Alston.
Ronald Holmes, and our
majorettes Priscilla Jeffries,
Barbara O’Neal and Sharon Isiah
will also leave.
Trombones & Horns
Gloria J. Ross
Chocolate describes herself as
accurately as any adjective.
Black, sweet, tempting.
Chocolate. She is THE female
with Graham Central Station.
She is Ms. Patryce Banks.
After the Pre-homecoming
show on Friday night she allowed
this reporter to talk with her
about her life and her affiliation
with the group:
Gloria; How did you become
involved with I^rry Graham?
Cocoa: The group Hot
Chocolate was put together while
Larry was still in Sly because he
wasn’t able to play his own music.
So when Larry dropped out of the
group (Sly and Family Stone) he
just joined the band and changed
its name to Graham Central
Gloria: The Band has only been
together about three years. Have
you experienced many
Cocoa; We don’t have the
regular problems most new
groups have. Because Larry had
played with Sly, we didn’t have so
much problems with attracting
crowds. A lot of people came to
see us just because I^rry had
been with Sly, and a lot of people
came to see how Larry and the
group was going to do without
Sly, and a lot of people just came
to see us because we were new.
Gloria; You’re a pretty new
group, and yet you’ve had a lot of
success. Has success spoiled
Cocoa; Success is something
people made up, something you
do. I’m just having fun. And I’ve
had as much fun here today as I
had the last time I was here
photo by Head
Marching Rams- the hit of the parade.
Tanner Conducts Music Study
Gloria; You’re the only girl in
an all-male group. How does it
Cocoa; I’ve been the only girl
now since we started. The only
word.I can use to describe it is
“soft.” You get your own way a
lot when you’re the only girl.
Gloria; Your group puts on an
unforgettable show. You seem so
up for it. After the show is over,
do you want to go out and party,
or are you so drained that you
want to go to bed?
Cocoa: Well, we’re very
religious; usually after a show we
go to the hotel and go to bed.
We’ve traveled on the road for
most of 3 years. Larry’s a
Jehovah’s Witness, and I’m
studying to be one. So we don’t do
Gloria; How do you like
performing in the South?
Cocoa; When the audience
responds it helps me to get off
more. But for me, like I said, its
all fun, and I have fun doing it. As
for the audiences, the most
responsive audiences are in the
south and the east.
Gloria: Your album which
came out this summer is my
favorite. Do you have a favorite
of things that you’ve recorded?
Cocoa; I don’t really have a
favorite of them all. My favorite
song on this last album is “Rain.”
But they’re all full of energy, and
I have fun doing them.
Gloria; Have you ever thought
of leaving the group, of going off
on your own?
Cocoa: No, I’ve never even
thought about it. I would like to
maybe make an album of my
own, you know, just me singing.
But I haven’t even thought about
leaving. Who can say what might
happen? I’m happy.
For those of you who haven’t
noticed - there’s a very familiar
face back on the “yard” with us
again. He’s here doing a very
complex, yet interesting (and
hopefully beneficial) study. Still
don’t know? Well, the face is none
other than our own Fred Tanner.
Tanner, who is presently on a
leave of absence seeking his
doctoral degree, is conducting an
experimental research study that
deals with soul music and some of
factors that influence people’s
The population of the survey
consists of the entire enrollment
of students at WSSU. Out of that
population, a sample of 120
students are being used (all of
whom are participating on a
These students will be used
throughout the survey, which is
scheduled the last six weeks.
Two weeks of the study will be
based strictly on student
participation. During this period,
the students will be in a listening
situation set up very similar to
what is heard on the radio. The
music is taken from the top single
female, male vocalists, and the
top three groups, based on the
Ebony Black Music Poll for 1975,
featured in the February edition
of Ebony magazine. They are:
Aretha Franklin; Stevie Wonder;
The Spinners; Earth, Wind and
Fire; and Gladys Knight and the
Near the end of the survey, a
questionnaire will be distributed
to the participating students.
When asked why WSSU was
chosen as the site of observation,
Tanner said, “This is home. I
thought that this type of data
would be most signiJficant to me
and the students.” The outcome,
Tanner said, could reveal certain
implications for music education
relating more effective teaching
“The survey is basically
modifying listening behavior and
observing how people relate to
soul music,” Tanner explained.
The data which Tanner wiU
collect may be used in his
doctoral dissertation. Neusmith
New Auditorium Adds Convenience
A new building has been added
to the campus. It is ^^^enneth
R. Williams Au«^torium an'd
Sculpture. 'G'ardens, named
Kenneth R. Williams Auditorium
The University Choir, under
the direction of Robert L. Morris,
will perform a musical score with
the Winston-Salem Symphony
Chorale and the Winston-^alem
Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 18
in the Reynolds Auditorium. The
work to be performed is
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
The concert will be directed by
John luele. The public is invited.
Dr. Robert E. Shepherd, who is
on leave from Winston-Salem
State University where he was
associate professor of music and
director of the school band, has
been appointed assistant director
of the Cooperative Academic
Planning Program (CAP) of
TACTICS in Washington, D.C.
TACTICS is a consortium of
agency programs providing
technical assistance to
predominately black colleges
throughout the country.
honor of Dr. Kenneth R.
Williams, the university chan
cellor. This is where the various
campus activities that will be
scheduled during the year will be
The auditorium, which opened
last April, not only adds beauty to
the campus, but has made it
more convenient for the students,
who do not have to go off-campus
to other places such as Salem
College and the Convention
Center to attend university-
The auditorium seats 1,800
people, and during the year it will
be used for many purposes.
Lyceum programs which have
been held off campus can now be
enjoyed at home. Lecturers
visiting campus, dramatic
presentations, concerts and other
musical shows will be held in the
Student Parents DSy-activities,
programs by community gmios,
recitals and various conventions
will also be held there.
Rev. Henry S. Lewis, Jr.,
university chaplain, is director of
the new building. Lewis
schedules all of the activities held
in the auditorium.
The Sculpture Gardens, which
will be gradually completed, will
feature works of black artists,
nationally and universally
known. The garden in a con
tribution to the school by the
Hanes Foundation, here in
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