Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
Armed Forces Day is a day to pay tribute to the men and women who serve the United States Armed Forces.
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.
In the past we’ve featured the special military bands naturally playing marches, anthems, historical compositions, and grand patriotic material. This year something different, a tribute to their major talent. They can do it all as you’ll see and hear.
Let’s get started with the U.S. Marine Band.
From their official website:
“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band’s mission is to perform for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, the Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Today, “The President’s Own” is celebrated for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances, which total more than 500 annually.
Now those are some terrific legs. Mrs. Incredible’s aren’t all that bad, either.
Screenrant.com ranks Mrs. Incredible as the 2nd most intelligent character in that movie series:
Mrs. Incredible always has her finger on the pulse of exactly what her family needs like a true wonder mom. In terms of fighting, she is incredibly skilled with her elasticity being very useful, but it is really her brains and her ability to analyze all potential problems that sets her apart from the rest.
She’s incredibly wise and her years of experience within the superhero world allow her to know exactly what to do. But it is her ability to piece her family together that brings her intelligence out, and that is something that might slip under the radar at times.
Mr. Incredible came in at #8.
The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Glenn Miller’s dance band, the current band consists of 18 active duty Airmen musicians including one vocalist. As part of The U.S. Air Force Band, The Airmen of Note honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States.
This a great rendition of a Duke Ellington classic.
Very popular recording in 1942, right during WWII.
The United States Coast Guard Band is the premier band representing the Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security. The 55-member ensemble has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the nation including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
Here they perform with the famous Doc Severinsen. The tune is “I Want To Be Happy.” No they don’t write them like they used to.
I want to be happy
But I won’t be happy
Till I make you happy, too
“I Want To Be Happy” dates back to 1924. Tons of artists have done recordings.
The United States Navy Band is the premier musical organization of the Navy. It’s been said the band is “capable of playing any style of music in any setting.”
That’s it for this week.
Thank a member, or two, or more of the Armed Forces this weekend.
We have one more branch to hear from.
Final note: Members of the US Army Band since March have been conducting daily virtual concerts and are still at it.