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Musicians' call-up is not playing well in Congress...

by Blake Cook / July 21, 2004 6:19 PM PDT

WASHINGTON -- When the Army announced recently that it was going to tap into its rarely used Individual Ready Reserve to fill vital slots for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, top military and civilian personnel said the activation was a proper response to a temporary manpower crisis.

But among the tasks included in the 5,674 jobs deemed critical to the war on terrorism are slots for two trumpet or cornet players, two French horn players, one trombonist, four clarinet players, three saxophonists, one electric bass player, one percussionist and one euphonium player.

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Re: Musicians' call-up is not playing well in Congress...
by Dan McC / July 21, 2004 11:57 PM PDT

Never go into battle without your euphonium section at full strength. We learned that in the early days of the Civil War and it's a lesson best not forgotten.

Dan

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Re: Musicians' call-up is not playing well in Congress...
by Evie / July 22, 2004 12:16 AM PDT

Our friend that returned safely from Iraq (guard) was killed in an accident (civilian, motor vehicle) scant months later. He was buried with full military honors that involved one trumpet player. So needing two more trumpet players for our military comes as absolutely no surprise to me.

Military musicians play a vital role, this small number of additional callups should not even be questioned!

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by Evie / July 22, 2004 12:19 AM PDT

... during the coverage of Reagan's funeral the "ceremonial military" was interviewed regarding their schedule. This part has been strained lately due to the dying off of WWII veterans worthy of military honors.

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