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Red, White and Blue
  Yesterday I played cello in a concert band. I was a "ringer" playing with a high school band with around 60 wind players, 5 percussionists, and cello! I played the bassoon part. It was interesting as I rarely deal with concert band repertoire. They did the typical marches and modern classical type pieces with odd meters and various tone colors. But for the finale they did a medley of American patriotic tunes including the Star Spangled Banner, Over There, Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue (I forget the actual name of that one), and others. We were joined by a chorus which sang some of the tunes and did a pledge of allegience during a part where we played in hushed tones behind them. Toward the end the school ROTC program supplied some young potential soldiers in full dress, rifles included, to do a little flag waving.

Though many people might shy away from such an overt show of patriotism, it was actually quite moving and stirring. To me you can support your country even if you disagree with many things being done by the government. And in that spirit, I was doing the do for the red, white and blue!
  Author: Von Cello
Eintrag from 13.05.2008
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