We had a band come to entertain us at Lake Park where I live. The band was composed of 30 components of brass, clarinet, piano, flute, and an enthusiastic timpanist. Some of the musicians were elderly, others looking to be high school youngsters.
We stood for the opening Stars and Stripes (I did not kneel), and they were then off to a selection of Souza marches and the famous Elephant Walk. The brass overwhelmed the ensemble at times, the wind instruments uncoordinated once in a while, but we had nothing to do but simply enjoy it all.
And then….the conductor took his clarinet and gave a bluesy, smart performance that told me he was a sly old professional. He was so good that I yearned to know what famous bands he had performed in.
Kudos to all musicians!