Saturday, April 16, 2011

Join the NMA, Come to the Reunion

Get with the program, sailor. We're gearing up for the reunion and want you to join us. Now's the time to join the Navy Musicians Association and register for the 2011 reunion.

  •  Who: All past and present U.S. Navy Musicians.
  • - What: Navy Musicians Association 2011 Reunion.
  • - When: Wed., June 22 through Sat., June 25.
  • - Where: Holiday Inn Executive Center, 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • - Why: Because you keep saying you'll come to a reunion someday, another year has passed, nobody's getting any younger and, really, how long do you expect us to play along with this hard-to-get jive?
You know you want to do it. So do it. Joining the NMA and signing up for the reunion is a simple, two-step process, so easy a trombone player can do it:

1. Register for the reunion / Join the NMA

  • - Print out this pdf file. It contains a Reunion Preregistration Form with which you sign up for the reunion. It also includes a Membership Application; if you haven't yet joined the NMA, do so now!)
  • - Send the completed form(s) and payment to:
    Cecil Strange, Treasurer
    Navy Musicians Association
    P. O. Box 2294
    Plant City, FL 33564-2294
2. Reserve a room at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.
  • - Call  the hotel at 757-499-4400 or 800-567-3856. The hotel has blocked off rooms for us at a special rate, so mention that you're coming to the NMA reunion.
  • - The special $99-per-night rate is also good for the 3 days before and after the reunion.
  • - Do this soon to ensure the special rate.
It's that simple.

Monday, April 11, 2011

How to open a baseball game

(Updated below.)

The problem: Sporting events that open with insulting renditions of the United States National Anthem performed by talentless pop "singers" whose self-aggrandizing vocal gymnastics destroy the dignity of the occasion.

The solution: a Navy band.

Update - 30APR11

A reader from the US Navy Band informs me this is the USNB. As you can see in his/her comment below, a better video is available here.