Saturday, September 3, 2011

Cincinnati Navy Week: Day Three

Yesterday we played for two high schools in Cincinnati. Had to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to do an 8 a.m. gig. The previous night we only got five, maybe six, hours of sleep after playing in Ft. Thomas, Ky. The next gig was at 2 p.m., so we had time to eat.

It's been a rough week, physicaly demanding on our bodies. What's even more difficult is moving our band's equipment in the hot sun. Temperatures yesterday reached 106 degrees- no foolin', that's a fact jack! It can be really difficult to move gear in these conditions and then go out and deliver an awesome, entertaining and engaging performance. I, like the rest of the band, feel drained. But, you have to keep it in perspective, you know. When you think about the children at these high schools and who you may directly or indirectly inspire musically or inspire to join the Navy, it's absolutely worth the effort of long, hard, hot days in the sun.

I think it's really important to inform the youth of our communities about the benefits of being in the Navy and what you can do in the Navy and what the navy can do for you.

Last thing- SO COOL- the REAL U.S. Navy SEALs demonstrated an aerial show of superiority and parachuted down to the football field of the school we were playing from 6,000 feet in the air. VERY COOL! It really added to the effect of the show. Aight ya'll, Cory Parker OUT! Be Safe!

Musician 1st Class Cory Parker sings in the Cruisers popular music ensemble.

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