by Musician 1st Class Eric Brown
At intermission during one of these shows, an audience member spoke to me about how much she was enjoying the concert. She then said that she was sorry such a fine band had to play in a gym.
Woah there, cowgirl (this is how we think in Texas, even if it's not always how we talk), stop right there, and let this petty officer set you right.
When the Navy Band is out on tour, we will play anywhere that will have us and for anyone that will hear us. Although we cannot logistically play everywhere we want, and there are indeed a few general prerequisites for hosting a concert (the venue needs to fit 60 performers, for example), the bottom line is quite simply that we are here to serve you, American.
We, the Navy Band, will gladly play in your small town, even if the best venue option is your local high school gym. We will fill it up, burn it down (figuratively) and feel genuinely grateful for the opportunity. Every American deserves what the Navy Band and the Navy have to offer.
As I said to the above unidentified concertgoer: your Anytown, USA, may not have a Carnegie Hall. This has never been, and never will be, a problem for your Navy Band.