I am a great fan of martial music, particularly of the live sort. Friday afternoon parades at VMI hold a special place in my memory. However, I concur that we might be able to re-purpose some of the nearly half-billion dollars the DOD spends on military bands:
From their humble origins in the American Revolution’s fife-and-drum corps, the U.S. military’s musical ventures have grown to include thousands of service members and at least 137 bands — some of whose members are outfitted with $11,000 flutes and $12,000 tubas. That has placed them in the crosshairs of lawmakers who say it makes no sense to lavish this kind of money on music when the Pentagon is scaling back combat troops.
Readiness comes first.
* For you philistines who don’t get the reference…