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MIAMI — from www.bellin ghamherald.com – Several members of Miami Northwestern High School’s famed band, the marching Bulls, unwittingly appear in the explicit remix music video of a strip club anthem by rapper Juicy J, featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, along with exotic dancers and stacks of cash.
The steamy video celebrating the strip club culture has school officials, parents and students fuming.
The video for Bandz A Make Her Dance, released Sunday, features six drummers – in their signature royal blue and gold uniforms, white headdress and MNW insignia – in the background as the three rappers take turns spitting verses about the particulars of pole dancing.
“It’s just outrageous to think you have an individual take advantage of a school and students for a video,” said Northwestern Principal Wallace Aristide.
“They’re playing their instruments and thinking it’s something innocent, wearing our uniforms, only later to find out they edited the video with racy content,” Aristide said. “Everyone has a heartache, the kids and the teachers and the Northwestern community.”
John Schuster, spokesman for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, said administrators were told it would be “a drum line type video.”
School Board Attorney Walter Harvey is reviewing the video. The unauthorized use of the school’s logo is of particular concern, Schuster said.
The video was shot mostly in a darkened warehouse with mounted poles to resemble a strip club. However, the students’ performance was filmed separately in another location. The band members’ faces are hidden mostly by the shadows and their hat visors.
In August, Northwestern band director Chad Norton and activities director Natalie Baldie were contacted by producers who requested to have some band students in uniform perform in a video.
While it is not clear how much vetting was done, the school allowed six members to go on a field trip to a TV production studio in Miami’s Design District, Schuster said. The school was not paid, he said.
The filming took place in August; band practice had started but school had not officially opened.
“They were filmed in front of a blue screen by themselves playing their instruments,” Schuster said.
It wasn’t until last weekend that officials saw the true nature of the video. Twitter was also ablaze with commenters questioning the band’s role in it.
“Administrators from the school learned that a video had been released and that the footage of the students in front of the blue screen had been edited into the video that included some very racy lyrics and some scantily clad performers,”Schuster said.
One of the women appearing in the video is porn star Alexis Texas, who was featured in a few Bang Brothers videos. She is also wearing a T-shirt advertising the pornographic site Brazzers.
At no point were the students filming with the women who appear in the video, which was filmed in a Miami warehouse.
The incident is under review by district and regional administrators.
Calls to Juicy J representatives or the Creative Dream Production company were not returned.
Generally, school principals and regional directors must OK off-campus band performances. But for a broadcast film, a band or student performance requires district approval, Schuster said. “As filming, it should have been presented to the district for approval,”he said.
The band, a pride of the community, has performed for several high-profile events, including one with President Barack Obama in 2008, according to the band’s website.
Juicy J, whose real name is Jordan Houston, is a member of Three Six Mafia, the Memphis-based group that won an Academy Award in 2006 for Best Original Song from the Hustle & Flow soundtrack.
College and high school marching bands are a pop cultural element of some music videos, particularly those by Southern hip-hop artists. And it is not the first time a rapper has turned to the Northwestern band for a video feature or cameo.
About a decade ago, Miami’s Trick Daddy, who attended Northwestern, featured the band high-stepping down a football field for his single, “Shut Up.”
School Board member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, whose district includes Miami Northwestern and who graduated from the school, said she wanted to find out which producers set up the video.
“We should hold them accountable and responsible,” she said. “If I can find a way, they won’t get away with it.”