Strengthening Alliances and Partnerships

Over the last month, members of The U.S. Army Field Band have been performing at probably the largest live music event in the world – The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Now, I’ve been around the block a few times and have performed at a lot of big events, but I’ve never seen anything like the Edinburgh Tattoo.

The imposing view of Edinburgh Castle from town.

The Tattoo features over 800 performers from the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, and of course, the United States.

Performing six days a week – with back-to-back performances on Saturdays and the final Friday – for 8,500 people PER SHOW on the esplanade of the iconic Edinburgh castle, and a BBC broadcast for Europe and BBC America, it’s easy to see why this is one of the biggest spectacles in the world. I’m no mathematician, but that’s over 200,000 people live plus the BBC audience, which includes all of Europe.

So what?

Take another look at the countries represented, the guests who are attending – leaders from UK, NATO, U.S. State Department, members of the U.S. Joint Chiefs, European Command, Ukraine, and Finland to name a few.

Art has the ability to cut through political differences, language, and stereotypes. It creates a common ground upon which alliances and partnerships are formed. Art reaches us emotionally, which makes us more open to receive, and creates connections that are more meaningful than any briefing, teleconference, or slide deck can hope to deliver.

There’s no place we’d rather be (as one of the tunes from our set goes), than right here alongside our allies and partners.

A shot of the Field Band performing on “Preview Night”

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Pull up a chair and join the discussion…

If you were to meet me in person, one thing that would become obvious really quick is that I am a man of very few words. Very. Few. Words.

But, when I have something to say, I say it, usually keeping my opinions to a small circle of people, one of which is my long-time friend, Brian. Living on opposite sides of the country, both with busy schedules (aka excuses), we would talk infrequently – sometimes about sports, sometimes about movies, sometimes about music. During the height of the pandemic, we starting talking more frequently, which led Brian to ask if I’d be interested in doing a podcast. Why not press record on our conversations and see what happens?

So, in the gaps of our busy schedules, we started recording. We talked about the future of music – is it live performance, recorded music, or something else? We talked about our favorite movie scores; the most clutch performances; the value of horror movies and the Marvel Cinematic Universe; and why we got into music in the first place. Being from Massachusetts and growing up in the 80’s, we still call each other “Dude,” hence the name of our podcast. We’re total amateurs at it, but that’s okay!

Whether five people listen or 5,000, we enjoy doing it, and it makes me appreciate our friendship of over 30 years even more. You can check out our podcast landing page here. Feel free to listen to the trailer, subscribe, and join the discussion.

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2020, The Sequel

I know. I didn’t write ONE post in 2021. I honestly don’t know why. I like to write; a lot happened in 2021; but in the end, no dice. So…as the Field Band prepares to go on an actual 30-day tour for the first time since March of 2020, I thought I’d look back on 2021.

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