San Diego Civic Center Theatre, San Diego, CA
GK: Our Navy brass band is but one of the musical units the Navy has. There’s a Navy bluegrass band (RK/PD 4 BARS ANCHORS AWEIGH), a Navy jazz band (GR/RD/PJ 4 BARS ANCHORS), a Navy rocknroll band (SHOES: R&R ANCHORS AWEIGH, 4 BARS), a Naval bagpipe band (SFX ANCHORS), and a Navy sitar/tabla ensemble (SFX ANCHORS) and a Navy steel drummer (SFX ANCHORS). There’s a Navy pop band with vocalist:
FN (SINGS): We wear our sailor suits of white and blue,
We like to march but we can dance for you too
We’re proud to serve the good old U.S.A.
Anchors Aweigh, Anchors Aweigh.
GK: Music is important to instill spirit in the troops. Life aboard ship can be hard, weeks spent cooped up in rough seas (SFX), and what can improve morale quite like a Naval banjoist (BANJO, ANCHORS AWEIGH) in the mess hall. Even in the close quarters of a submarine (KLAXON, DIVE, DIVE, SONAR), the crew is always reassured to know they are close to a submarine bass. (BASS RUNS) A Prairie Home Companion salutes our U.S. Navy Musicians for their ability to make music even in rough seas.
(BLUES VERSION OF ANCHORS, GUITAR SLIDE/STOP TO INDICATE MOTION OF SHIP. PIANO ROLLS (FN: LOOK OUT!!!! BIG CRASH. CRUNCH OF KEYS.) BIG WAVE. CRUNCH OF MANDOLIN)
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).