There was supposed to be a cook-out and basketball tournament at Westside Park in Frayser, but when I got there, I found that there was no cook-out, and nothing but a few little kids on the ball court. So I drove down to the BJ Danz Majorette Jamboree at Elliston Academy in Southeast Memphis. Unfortunately, majorette jamborees aren’t what they used to be in Memphis. There’s no longer any competition for drummers, because almost none of the drill teams or majorettes have drummers at all. Most of the girls dance to CD’s that they give to the DJ, so there’s really no longer difference between majorettes, drill teams or dancers in Memphis. On a good day, one group might work out with a drumline, and today, Bellevue Middle School brought their drumline to provide the motivation for their majorettes. Otherwise, it was a rather boring jamboree.
The Memphis Black Expo is held each year in February at the Cook Convention Center downtown. It features fun activities for kids, exhibits from local businesses, a car show, a dance and majorette competition, and live performances from gospel groups, rappers and singers.