Thunder Soul Reviews

  • 3d ago

    How did I sleep The Kashmere Stage Band!? They bring yet another story of Music

    How did I sleep The Kashmere Stage Band!? They bring yet another story of Music

  • Jun 29, 2017

    Kashmere Stage Band was so badass its ridiculous. Had no idea it was a high school band until I saw this. Nuts!

    Kashmere Stage Band was so badass its ridiculous. Had no idea it was a high school band until I saw this. Nuts!

  • Apr 10, 2016

    A documentary about the Kashmere High School Stage Band. In the early 70's, Conrad Johnson lead the stage band from the Houston high school to world champions and international fame by holding the students to the musical standards expected of professional musicians and by incorporated cutting edge funk arrangements into the band's jazz repertoire. As a result, many of the kids from this severely underprivileged neighborhood ended up avoiding the spiral of poverty and crime that surrounded them. The film follows the genesis of the band, as well as a reunion by many of the original members 35 years later to play a tribute concert to their mentor. The music played by this band is simply incredible. At a time when Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock were considered to be on the cutting edge of jazz with their jazz-funk fusion, this high school band was playing similar material in competitions. A real demonstration of how much influence one man can have when he really tries to help kids.

    A documentary about the Kashmere High School Stage Band. In the early 70's, Conrad Johnson lead the stage band from the Houston high school to world champions and international fame by holding the students to the musical standards expected of professional musicians and by incorporated cutting edge funk arrangements into the band's jazz repertoire. As a result, many of the kids from this severely underprivileged neighborhood ended up avoiding the spiral of poverty and crime that surrounded them. The film follows the genesis of the band, as well as a reunion by many of the original members 35 years later to play a tribute concert to their mentor. The music played by this band is simply incredible. At a time when Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock were considered to be on the cutting edge of jazz with their jazz-funk fusion, this high school band was playing similar material in competitions. A real demonstration of how much influence one man can have when he really tries to help kids.

  • Mar 19, 2016

    An inspirational heartf felt story about a wonderful funk band that had their lives transformed by their band leader and professor. What a tribute to this ground breaking man and a look into a time of hope and positivity for blacks in this country.

    An inspirational heartf felt story about a wonderful funk band that had their lives transformed by their band leader and professor. What a tribute to this ground breaking man and a look into a time of hope and positivity for blacks in this country.

  • Byron B Super Reviewer
    Jul 29, 2014

    This heartfelt doc is available on Netflix. This is the story of a real life Mr. Holland's Opus. With lots of archival footage and recordings and present day interviews this film illustrates the impact one music teacher had over 35 years. "Prof" turned a high school jazz band in the mid to late 70s into an award winning, touring, album making funk band. Great music throughout! Now, alumni from the band reunite to honor "Prof" at a Kashmere High School tribute concert. You probably lack a soul if you don't shed at least a few tears.

    This heartfelt doc is available on Netflix. This is the story of a real life Mr. Holland's Opus. With lots of archival footage and recordings and present day interviews this film illustrates the impact one music teacher had over 35 years. "Prof" turned a high school jazz band in the mid to late 70s into an award winning, touring, album making funk band. Great music throughout! Now, alumni from the band reunite to honor "Prof" at a Kashmere High School tribute concert. You probably lack a soul if you don't shed at least a few tears.

  • Mar 31, 2014

    Awesome film and great music! Can't wait to find an album of the Kashmere Stage Band

    Awesome film and great music! Can't wait to find an album of the Kashmere Stage Band

  • Dec 27, 2012

    Wonderful documentary of a an award-winning all-black high school band whose director fused funk with the more pedestrian stage band conventions of the time to create a new and life changing group.

    Wonderful documentary of a an award-winning all-black high school band whose director fused funk with the more pedestrian stage band conventions of the time to create a new and life changing group.

  • Oct 10, 2012

    A must watch for educators and funk lovers all over the world!

    A must watch for educators and funk lovers all over the world!

  • Sep 07, 2012

    Something more for lifetime? lol

    Something more for lifetime? lol

  • Aug 03, 2012

    This is a fantastic film.....

    This is a fantastic film.....