Posted by pick this : ) on January 04, 2002 at 16:50:47:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Army field band posted by Wade on December 30, 2001 at 14:48:25:
It's amazing how the subject gets off of the original subject.
The previous poster mentioned that the Field Band got it's name because it is out touring (ie in the field). The United States Army Field Band was originally the Army Ground Forces Band (1946), a musical unit made up of combat vetrans from WWII as a way to get them out of the war theatre and home performing and helping to raise $ (war bonds). They traveled around the country doing this. It was well recieved, and they changed the name to the Army Field Band.
Many people have never heard of this band. They don't do a lot of high profile gigs, don't record that often, and travel about 100-120 days a year. Stay in hotels and travel on a bus or in a private vehicle. Get per diem, etc.
The previous poster mentioned the gig was hard on a marriage. I guess that is because of the touring, but many jobs do not have the family/spouse in mind all of the time. The band tours a third of the year, rehearses a third and is off the other third...Rehearsals are 9am- 12. sounds like a sweet gig to me...
If you have the opportunity to hear this band, do it. They will be at Mid West next year.
Below is a link that gives more info and tour spots!!!