Members of this band are professional musicians . I don't beleive they attend basic or qualify on a weapon. If you fail the audition you might be encouraged to join a regular corp band that will require a trip to Parris Island.
The band has everything to do with who lyp-synchs. That's why it's called 'The President's Own'. The Band Director say's ' Miss Beyonce we have dress rehearsal at 10 and the anthem at 12. If for any reason you don't make it, this young lady right here will sing it'. That band has someone who can sing it as well as Beyonce. Then you let Beyonce and her manager explain what happened. And who accepts that honor and then dosn't show up for rehearsal. You do not fake the National Anthem. That's worse than Taps on a cassette player at a military funeral.
Not sure I agree, but it deserves thought.
I recommend reading the column of Leonard Pitts in today's issue of the Savannah Morning News.
It speaks volumns about where we have arrived as a society over the past several decades.
the band should have said up front that the anthem will be live. Even if we pre record for posterity the performance will be live. If for any reason (extreme weather, illness, bad hair, lost a $20,000.00 earing)you can't sing, that's ok. The band will play or we will have a member of our choral detachment sing. You do not fake the national anthem.
Hey, it's not some awards show it's the inauguration of our president on the steps of our capitol You said you were a band member in high school. It's the biggest football game of the season. Maybe recognizing you at senior night. You stand at attention on the fifty yard line and pretend you're playing while a recording of the anthem is played over the PA. Would you feel like an idiot? Would your band be a disgrace to your school? Damn right you would. The next time we attend a military function and the anthem is played, how about we all sit in our seats and hold up a picture of ourselves standing. Our country has reached a low point. You don't fake the national anthem. And if you are planning to, take the Marine uniform off and hire the Cryt-Kicker Five
No need to go emphasis added, all caps, super supporting documents, Dude. Mr. OnTarget has spoken for your side but i beg you suffer my closing argument. Let's review. My point, right or wrong is that the top Marine Band, which is the most select assemblage of bandsmen in the world, should not be put in the position of doing a public performance, in dress military uniform of pretending to play our national anthem. My personal position would hold for any piece at any performance. It's clear that the band was prepared to accomodate the guest (this one or any other). There was even a photo released of the recording session. I would much prefer that this band never succomb to that We don't hire this band to record. We make sure they are this good so they can play it live, under any circumstance, even battle conditions. Others would know more about chain of command than me. Does it now include Beyonce telling the Marine Band to 'sit down, shut up, and listen to the music'. Probably not. And if it were the top white house liason officer in charge of all things military at the inauguration on behalf of the 'Commander In Chief' then yes, the band is blameless. No less humiliated but blameless. If that's not the low point of our republic, it's plenty close enough for me.
A word about Beyonce. The self proclaimed perfectionist could not make rehearsal for the biggest job(honor) of her career. When was this booked, two days out? She was emotional; yes of course, you're a singer, how could you not be. No proper sound check; that's a load. Whadda we got, high school kids running the sound board. Besides, she had an ear monitor, one pre set level. I decided to sing along, which is very common (see Milli Vinili referance by JimmyMack above)in the music business. I guess common will have to do then. And I am very proud of my performance. Which one, the original tape or trying to covince the audience it was live. Hillary was right. "What differance does it make anyway'.