The Band Plays On

THE BAND PLAYS ON….Among the 5,000 reservists called up for duty last week are two trumpeters, one trombonist, four clarinetists, three saxophone players, an electric bass player and a euphonium player:

“Is there not a way to do without the euphonium player?” [Representative Vic] Snyder asked Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army’s vice chief of staff. “Do we need to really draft an electric bass player, to pull them back in? Is there not a way that we can’t let that kind of thing slide?”

After a laugh in the hearing room, Cody answered with a straight face that the bands have been busy, tending to services and funerals. These days, Cody said, “our bands are being stressed quite a bit.”

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