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High Five! from the Detroit Party Marching Band

After traveling over 2,100 miles by school bus, parade hopping through New Orleans in the thick of Mardi Gras, braving through a post-tour photo shoot, shaking up the MetroTimes Blowout - North America’s largest local music festival, and hosting an impromptu cymbal player send-off, all in the past three weeks, the only question the Detroit Party Marching Band has to ask is, “What’s next?”  

This week, the members of Detroit’s only thirty-piece guerrilla marching band toss up a High Five! of the things they love most:





1. The In Living Color Fly Girls

Alison Heeres (Flute):

Neon and stonewash denim?! Just add the splits and the running man and you’ve got the In Living Color Fly Girls. Not like this could get any better, but did I mention that J.Lo was a Fly Girl?


2. Hot Pants

Nicole McUmber (Alto Saxophone):

The captivating power of hot pants has been immortalized by the great James Brown on his record titled as such. Hot pants look great on men or women and they’re a surefire way to spice up any outfit. I love hot pants!


3. Confetti Cannons

Joe Simonson (Bass Drum):


If the Detroit Party Marching Band is nearby, it's only a matter of time before the confetti starts flying.


4. Sidewalks

Jason Marker (Tenor Saxophone):

To me, sidewalks have always represented freedom and autonomy. I grew up in rural, central Ohio, in a place without sidewalks. We were miles and miles away from anything even vaguely resembling a town, along dangerous, two-lane, chip and tar country highways with no shoulder and no speed limit to speak of. It was stifling for a curious, wanderlust stricken child with mildly paranoid shut-ins for parents. In my grandparents' neighborhood in Youngstown, I discovered sidewalks. Straight and true, they could take a young man with a curious mind and a pocket full of quarters as far as his legs would carry him. Even today, in my 36th year, a simple walk to the corner store feels like the most grown-up thing I can do.


5. Glitter

Rachel Harkai (Snare Drum):

Glitter is awesome because it's shiny, like tiny particles of light (or stars) and it makes people happy! Seriously though, humans have been dazzled by glittering gemstones since the beginning of time. I’ve heard that modern glitter is made of repurposed stuff from landfills. How cool is that?! Plus, some guy recently glitter-bombed Newt Gingrich. Glitter-bomb guy, I salute you!


This week's High Five! is brought to you by: The Detroit Party Marching Band with Lauren Mercury Roberts

DPMB Photo Credit: David McIntyre

DPMB Lithograph: Perfect Laughter

To celebrate the end of the nine to five, a Green Light Go staff member or artist will leave you with their short list of favorite things, better known as the High Five!

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Janelle is the owner of Green Light Go. When she's not spreading the word on her favorite bands she can usually be found riding her road bike through Michigan, designing super hip clothes or analyzing people much to their dismay.
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