Goodnight everyone, and have a powerful weekend!

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.

Among the many military holidays celebrated each year is Armed Forces Day, observed on the third Saturday in May (tomorrow).

On Aug. 31, 1949, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the armed forces under one agency — 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 begin with the Marines and their ensemble. 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.

Armed Forces Day is used to celebrate currently-serving military personnel of all branches – not Veterans or military members who have passed.

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

The first Armed Forces Day was marked with parades and air shows around the country, including a march in Washington, D.C., of more than 10,000 troops and cadets from every part of the military.

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.”

Yes it can.

“This is the day on which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces … to all the individuals who are in the service of their country all over the world,” the New York Times described the day in 1952. “Armed Forces Day won’t be a matter of parades and receptions for a good many of them. They will all be in line of duty and some of them may give their lives in that duty.”

Have you noticed there’s a new branch of military service. The U.S. Space Force is the 6th independent U.S. military service branch, tasked with missions and operations in the rapidly evolving space domains. On June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to begin planning for a Space Force. The U.S. Space Force would be the first new military service in more than 70 years, following the establishment of the U.S. Air Force in 1947.

The Mandalorian is a live-action space western Star Wars television series developed by Lucasfilm. The series takes place about five years after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi” and aired exclusively on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” provides musical support for the leadership of the United States, to include all branches of government, and to a wide spectrum of national and international events in order to connect the Army to the American people.

“The heritage of freedom must be guarded as carefully in peace as it was in war. Faith, not suspicion, must be the key to our relationships. Sacrifice, not selfishness, must be the eternal price of liberty. Vigilance, not appeasement, is the byword of living freedoms. Our Armed Forces in 1950– protecting the peace, building for security with freedom–are “Teamed for Defense …”
General Omar N. Bradley
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

“It is fitting and proper that we devote one day each year to paying special tribute to those whose constancy and courage constitute one of the bulwarks guarding the freedom of this nation and the peace of the free world.”
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

We conclude with The Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that form The U.S. Air Force Band.

Originally done by Cannonball Adderley in 1967 this was also a big hit that same year for The Buckinghams.

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