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Programming faux pas?

So you’re at a military band concert, and it’s coming toward the end – you know this because they just played the “Armed Forces Medley,” and you proudly stood when the Army Song started because your father is a Soldier serving overseas.  Now they’re playing “America, the Beautiful” and you can feel your heart swell with pride as images of America play across a large screen; the music ends with a flourish and a rousing final chord as an image of the Statue of Liberty is shown.  The crowd erupts and you stand as one Nation.  The conductor takes a bow and leaves the stage.  The audience calls him back because there’s one piece you haven’t heard yet – one piece you must hear before the concert is complete. Continue reading

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Military Bands: Who Needs Them?

It began with a series of articles by an ill-informed Washington Post writer.  Then came articles in the New York Times.  Now another series of questions have arisen regarding military bands and their worth from another fuzzy math writer.  It’s gotten to the point where some people wonder why we have military bands at all.  Now, I’ve already talked a little about this here and here.  But I will now offer a complete thesis on the subject: Continue reading

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