I Like Bands But. . .

The most disingenuous remark is this: “The people who think that limiting military bands to ceremonies and funerals is a good idea have no idea what we do,” he wrote. “We make Americans feel good about their military and their country; we create connections between cultures; we set the stage for strategic talks; we bridge the gap; we provide context; we help people celebrate and we help people mourn.”

How many bands do we need, when I was in Korea we had the Eighth Army Band and the 2nd Infantry Division Band, in Germany we had the USAREUR Band, the USAREUR Chorus, the 1st Infantry and 1st Armor Division Bands.  We need balance.  Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, but maybe we need to be prudent.  Don’t discount military bands’ strategic value, supporters warn Congress

About keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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2 Responses to I Like Bands But. . .

  1. slater says:

    The US Army is the number one employer of musicians in the United States. Many of whom are classically trained, have master’s degrees and even PhDs in music…wearing SGTs stripes and weighted down with tens of thousands of debt. In the three CoCs I saw last month the only unit on the field that paraded well was the band.

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  2. keydet1976 says:

    Wonderful. How many bands do we need. I am not asking to get rid of them all, just to be prudent. For example Army Material Command, a largely civilian organization, never had band until about 5 years ago when the then Commander decided they needed one plus a practice hall to the tune of 80 million dollars. Having sat through the Total Army Analysis process, the third rail of units is getting rid of band. You will get less resistances in getting rid of a Brigade Combat Team than a band.

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