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Monday, July 5, 2010

A Capitol Fourth

Watching the PBS Capitol Fourth special last night was a real treat in many ways. I especially enjoyed the National Symphony Orchestra, the Marine Drum and Bugle Corp, and the US Army Ceremonial Band because they were living proof that good music transcends genre.

The groove of these bands were just as wide and fat as the best Motown funk, and it was a real pleasure to listen to the extremely tight and in-tune string and horn sections. Anyone who's ever done a session with a weak horn or string section knows the pain involved, so hearing some fabulous players, directors and arrangements really makes you appreciate what you're listening to.

If only the rest of the US government worked as well as their bands and orchestras.

Here's an example of the excellent horns at about :35.

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