Our Drum Major
I learned of the Blue Knights while a student in 307X0 (tech control) course in early 1964. Was accepted (Tenor drum), got my rope (still have that) and had a blast.
Gosh, what was the D&B repertoire? Scotland the Brave, Watermelon Man, march from Aida, Air Force Blue... the mind is fading. Maybe we need a "repertoire through the years" section ?
We did all the parades and "colors" and marching the troops from the Triangle area and reviews, etc. One interesting trip was a General's retirement at Barksdale. We flew in a decrepit old C-97 ex-flying command post and a C-47. Our WAF was going to ride in the C-47.... until.... in front of God and everybody, she tried to put on the (required) parachute.....not even thinking.... she tried to hitch the straps up..... with her Class B skirt on ;~} Well, you had to be there.
I remember we cut an LP in some large auditorium. 'Wish I still had that. Best memento is the drum head... an old Camco head. Probably has half the corps signatures on it. I really don't know how that head busted during my last week in the corps (is there a statute of limitations on destruction of government property ???).
When I returned from the Phillipines as an instructor at Thompson Hall, all I could do was watch the Corps around the base. I continued playing drums while at Keesler. Played in a C&W band at the Friendly Lounge and Red Dog Saloon. Since I got out of the AF, I've switched instruments and now play in a high-fallutin' string quartet.