That bearded Maestro is Sousa himself, the March King.
And behind him is the Marine Band, the longest continuous musical institution in the United States. They are, without equivocation, the best concert band in the world... and my wife Karen is their harp. They are the music for the White House and for the Commandant of the Marine Corps. They are exemplars of the best traditions of music, of service and of our history.
When Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, the Marine Band played him in. Can you imagine?
It has been joy to me to get to see her perform, and even more joy to see her prepare. It's one thing to see a master musician do their thing, it's quite another to have one in your home... what can I say?
God loves me way more than I deserve.
Anyway, this day began with "Semper Fidelis" - and if you haven't heard the Band do it, you are in for a treat.
Always Faithful indeed.
At The Surge we love doing things together... that includes writing a blog! Here are a few of our main contributing authors:
Our fearless leader, Dwaine is the lead pastor at The Surge. His experience in counter terrorism with the CIA prepared him for ministry and he likes dogs and babies even more than E does.
E (short for Eric Reiss) is the Wingman at The Surge and likes dogs, music, Mexican food, his wife Karen and his little girl Evangeline... not necessarily in that order.