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Intersection: “Marching Forward” Examines Jones High School Band During Segregation


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Jones High School Marching Band. Photo: Lisa Mills / "Marching Forward"

The documentary “Marching Forward” chronicles the rise of the all-black marching band at Jones High School.

Students at the University of Central Florida, under the directions of Robert Cassanello and Lisa Mills, interviewed band leaders and players collecting hundreds of hours of first hand accounts of what it was like playing in the band.

The story focuses on efforts to get the band to the 1964 World’s Fair and what it meant for these Orlando students to experience the segregated south on the brink of the Civil Rights Movement.

This feature length film is in the final post-production phase, with it’s release slated for early 2018.

Marching Forward Trailer from Lisa Mills on Vimeo.


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Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »

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