Resolution J4073-2013

Commending the Marching Cobras of New York upon the occasion of their outstanding performances during Super Bowl Week 2014

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  • Mar 18, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 18, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 14, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending the Marching Cobras of New York upon
the occasion of their outstanding performances during  Super  Bowl  Week
2014

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize the dedi-
cation  and  commitment  of  our young people who distinguish themselves
through excellence in musical performance and competition; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the Marching Cobras of New York upon the occasion of  their  outstanding
performances  during  Super  Bowl Week 2014; these talented students led
the Super Bowl Championship Vince Lombardi Trophy in the NFL  Experience
Parade  on  Wednesday,  January 29, 2014, in New York City, and welcomed
Super Bowl fans before the game on Sunday, February 2, 2014, at  MetLife
Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Marching  Cobras  of  New  York is a marching band that
includes a drumline, flag team and dance squad, and is comprised  of  70
Westchester  and New York City middle and high school students; the name
"COBRA" stands for: Commitment, Obedience, Belief, Respect, and Achieve-
ment; and
  WHEREAS, This award-winning, hardworking,  and  energetic  band  truly
lives  up  to its name; the Marching Cobras of New York members practice
five days a week, four hours a day, and also on Saturdays  if  they  are
not performing; some members travel as many as two hours each way to get
to  practice,  and most of the group's members had no musical experience
prior to joining; and
  WHEREAS, The Marching Cobras of New  York  helps  at-risk  youth  from
across  the  New  York  City's five boroughs and Westchester County beat
negative influences by embracing music; and
  WHEREAS, A non-profit organization working in collaboration  with  St.
Christopher's  School  in  Dobb's  Ferry,  New  York, the mission of the
Marching Cobras of New York is to enrich the lives of teens by providing
opportunities for  artistic  expression  and  teen  development  through
music,  marching,  dance, and entertainment; several members of the band
are students at St. Christopher's School; and
  WHEREAS, The Marching Cobras of New York has distinguished  itself  in
its  many impressive accomplishments; successes include: being named 1st
Place Grand Champions in the 2013 New  York  City  State  Championships;
taking  1st  place  in both the New York Salute to Israel Parade and the
"Cakeman Parade" in Brooklyn; and  being  awarded  the  Pace  University
Drum-Line Contract; and
  WHEREAS,  The  shining  talent of these young musicians and performers
has been widely  recognized;  the  Marching  Cobras  of  New  York  have
appeared on "The Joey Reynolds Show," played the Opening Day Performance
for  Red  Bull  Arena  in  Newark,  New  Jersey,  and were special guest
performers at Jazz at Lincoln Center; they are soon to  be  featured  in
the upcoming Michael Keaton film, "Birdman"; and
  WHEREAS,  The  talent  displayed by the Marching Cobras of New York is
due in great part to the efforts of Director of Bands Terrel J. Stowers,
and his staff, Kevin Young, Sheldon Gomes, Pamela Bodley,  and  Clifford
Wesley, skilled and inspirational tutors, respected for their ability to
develop potential into excellence; and
  WHEREAS,  Achievements  of this magnitude are not possible without the
strong values of teamwork, commitment, and dedication, and the outstand-
ing members of the Marching Cobras of New York City, as  well  as  Coach
Terrel J. Stowers and his staff may take just pride in their accomplish-
ments; and

  WHEREAS,  This  occasion  presents an opportunity for this Legislative
Body to wish the Marching Cobras of New York continued success in all of
its endeavors; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the Marching Cobras of New  York  upon  the  occasion  of  their
outstanding performances during Super Bowl Week 2014; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Marching Cobras of New York.

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