This July Fourth, don’t read other people’s opinions on the meaning of Independence Day or what someone else thinks the Founders meant. Read the founding document yourself and come to your own conclusions. Read it and see for yourself why the United States is unique in the history of nations. Happy Fourth! Continue reading
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Last week, after months of coordination, I was able to finally travel to Jordan to meet with the Jordanian Armed Forces Band leadership and their Music Advisor from the British Military Advisory Team. While our good friends from the UK are embedded with the Jordanians as advisors and trainers, the Jordanians are interested in supplementing this with training at the U.S. Army School of Music. My trip to Jordan was a direct result of them contacting me while back at the School of Music when I was serving as the Director of Training. Since I knew I was coming to the area, we tentatively planned to meet in person. It took some doing to line up our schedules (including accounting for Ramadan), but I was finally able to make it out last week. Continue reading
This past week, the Advanced Individual Training (AIT) class graduated from the Army School of Music. Army graduation ceremonies have a tradition of being…Mundane? Boring? Not so with our AIT graduation. There is a moment during the event where the students shake hands with the Commandant and Command Sergeant Major, receive their diploma, and walk across the stage; but that is almost secondary, perhaps is secondary to the music performed by the newest Soldiers of the Army Music Program. Continue reading
To all who have served or continue to serve: Thank you for your service to your country.
The end of hostilities during the “Great War” was marked by an armistice that went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson commemorated November 11th as Armistice Day – a day to “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service…”
On June 1, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation official changing Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day.
With this law, Veteran’s Day became a day to honor all veterans of all wars and conflicts.
NPR Classical’s Blog posted a story about Taps today. In it, they make reference to a 2004 story done on Taps featuring now retired U.S. Army Band bugler, Sergeant Major Woodrow English. You’ll see a link to the radio interview on the page. It’s very good; check it out.