The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tip O' The Hat: Macy's 4th Fireworks Spectacular

This was the only 4th of July fireworks display I watched, but it was also the only one with Regis hosting. There were 2 others in Houston and Dallas that were on, but with no Regis, what's the point?

I was particularly impressed during the Armed Forces portion of the show when they included The United States Coast Guard anthem. Not many people have ever heard Semper Paratus, even fewer know the lyrics.
(Not from the show)
I have that song embedded within my DNA in Bass Cleft. 
Senior Chief Musician King would be proud. He expected nothing less than perfection.

"The World's Largest Non-Nuclear Coast Guard Marching Band"
Circa 1978

Future so bright, I had to wear shades...

It wasn't all cold sodas and air conditioned bandhalls in Oscar (Honors) Company. We had to PT side by side with these guys:

... but to prove us Tweeters weren't pussies we had to do TWICE the pushups of the Spinners. 

I actually played this same gig in 1978:


an Donalbane said...

Regarding that last still picture, and channeling my inner Matt Foley: "Hey Dad, I can't see too good - is that Goose or Maverick?"

Anonymous said...

Chief King was my Company Commander "Charlie-Mike 1978" Cape May!