Our Mission. To motivate, educate, discipline and empower our youth through the structure of a drill team.

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About Us

— 501 (c) 3 Organization (Status: filed - pending)
Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team (CSS), Distinguished Brothers of CSS (DBz) & The Almighty Percussion Sound Drumline (TAPS).

Our Story

The Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team and The Almighty Percussion Sound Drumline was established November 12, 1986 at the Camden Youth Activity Center in Camden, N.J. CSS has a roster of over 4000 members during that time. Learn more.

Our Founders

The founders are Tawanda and Robert Jones. This dynamic duo strives to provide a safe haven in one of the nation’s most dangerous cities. Through many struggles and trials Tawanda and Robert have continued in organizing one of the most successful drill teams in the tri-state area. Learn more.

Initial Support

Initial support for CSS Drill Team came from one of the first supporters, Tawanda's grandfather, the late Walter (Dynamite) Green Jr, when he purchased 80 uniforms and 3 drums to start the team. In honor of his LOVE and support, every year a child receives a scholarship in his memory. Learn more.

Welcome

2014

Summit Attendees!

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We hope you ENJOYED our performance. Thank You for your INTEREST in The Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill Team.

How can YOU help?
Learn more.

  • 8 CSS Drill Team Members

    Tawanda Jones Nominated CNN Hero
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  • CSS Drill Team Members on GMA

    CSS on Good Morning America
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  • Tawanda hugs one of her Babies

    Some TLC from Tawanda
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  • Tawanda Jones selected as CNN Hero

    Jones nominated for CNN Heroes Award
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  • CSS Tryouts

    Girls of all ages trying out
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  • Emotional Ride Home

    CSS on DWTS
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  • Emotional Ride Home

    Opportunity of a Lifetime
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  • CSS on NBC Rock Report

    Changing lives
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  • Yung Poppa and CSS

    CSS Annual Showcase
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  • Camden Children Rehearsing in Water Tower

    What is CSS?
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  • Camden Children

    Camden kids need your help
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Tawanda and Destinee will be featured on a panel facilitated by Katie Couric, on

Saturday

Apr. 5. 2014.

Performance and Recognition

CNN
CBN
ABC's DWTS
Women of the World
ABC's GMA
NBC News
NBC Rock Center
ABC

Our Team

We wouldn't be able to do what we do without the behind the scenes dedication of our Directors, Sponsors and Staff Members. We appreciate all the long hours and dedication to make the Camden Community better, One person at a time.
TAWANDA JONES

Founder, Director and President contact

ROBERT JONES

Co-Founder and Vice-President
Manages TAPS, all Bookings and Transportation contact

LAQUICIA CHARNELL

Director of Creative Arts
Directs all Arts and Choreography contact

ANGEL HALL

Community and Media Relations contact

 

GWENDOLYN GREEN

Community Affairs contact

ROBIN PHILLIPS

Volunteer Information contact

DEWAYNE DEAN

Choreographer contact

KYLEIGH MITUZAS

Website Administrator contact

Member Expectations

Members range in all ages from tots to adults, our current team roster consists of 150 members - 25 boys are members of the Distinguished Brothers — Boys and Girls of all ages are welcome. It takes dedication to be a member of CSS, DBz or TAPS, plan on a schedule of 4 nights a week and some Saturdays in the old Camden water tower.

The Drill Team members have to complete all homework at the beginning of each practice and must maintain above a C average. Each team member is required to do 200 hours of volunteer work in our community. The team members pay an annual fee of $85, a $35 registration fee when signing up and are expected to raise money for field trips. Learn more.

Team Skills

Dance/Drill 90%
Jazz Dance 58%
Hip Hop 80%
Contemporary Dance 62%
Performance Dance 77%
Modern Dance 87%
Excellence in Community 100%

Get Involved

There are many ways to GET INVOLVED with Our Program. We would LOVE to welcome you as Volunteers or Future Members of CSS. Don’t hesitate, contact us today to tell us where YOU fit in!

The CSS Community

We strive to add structure and a sense of Sister and Brotherhood to our members and community. Here's a look at what we're doing.

Upcoming Performance or Competition

TAWANDA AND DESTINEE, two youth workers, come together to talk about how they FOUND SUCCESS in dangerous neighborhoods when NO ONE ELSE could.

The two will be featured on a panel facilitated by KATIE COURIC, at The David Koch Theater in the Lincoln Center Plaza on Saturday, April 5th, 2014. Learn more.

View our Event Calendar to keep current on upcoming events

Event: Inner City Angels

Where: Lincoln Center

Date: 04.05.14

Time: 9AM–2PM

  • Wow Conference
  • Wow Conference
  • Dance With Me Studio Donates Sound System
  • Gospel On Tour Flyer
  • TAPS
  • The Distinguished Brothers of CSS
  • Little Jazz
  • CSS at Positively Dressed Luncheon
  • CSS store is opening

Overview of Past Performances and Competitions

CSS Receives Award

in Awards View Project

Collingswood Parade

in Local Parades View Project

Performance In Camden

in Performances View Project

Rising Stars at Mann Center

in Performances View Project

Haddon Ave. Street Festival

in Local Parades

Love Changes Everything

in Performances View Project

Liberty Park

in Local Parades View Project

Positively Dressed

in Performances View Project

2013 STOMP Dance/Drill/Step

in Competitions View Project

Our Tiniest Members

in Our Future >View Project

Trenton Parade

in Local Parades View Project

Wildwood

in Local Parades View Project

Follow Us

News, Articles, Media Broadcasts, and Press Releases that currently feature the CSS Drill Team.

CSS Featured in People Magazine

CSS Drill Team Makes "Heroes Among Us" Featured Article in Aug. 2013 People Magazine

May. 5. 2013.

CSS on GMA

CSS on Good Morning America

May. 5. 2013.
CSS on Good Morning America

GMA Feature

You're Not Dreaming Special - Beyonce.

Apr. 30. 2013.
CSS Performance on DWTS

CSS Performance on DWTS

AT&T's Spotlight Performance on ABC's Dancing With The Stars.

June. 02. 2013.
Tawanda Jones

Jones Featured on CBN

Camden Residents interviewed by CBN for ABC Family Channel.

Mar. 28. 2013.
CNN Heroes Nomination

Jones Nominated CNN Hero

Jones recognized for her 26 year involvement with CSS.

Mar. 13. 2013.
NBC Rock Center

Creating Hope in Unlikely Place

NBC's News Rock Center Report featuring Drill Team

Contact us

We would love to hear from you. Thank You for helping make CSS Drill Team a success. It's support from Individuals and Our Camden Community that allows us to be here.

Please get in touch with Tawanda or Robert Jones for additional information about CSS, DBz or TAPS. We're located at 1314 Park Blvd. Camden, NJ 08103. You may contact by phone at 856-383-7984 or 856-383-7287.