I listen to the show myself, when I’m around, and I don’t really care one way or the other about the narrative content, but that house band is HOT.
Did you get to see the piano player’s hands? He’s one sick mofo on piano, and I doubt there’s anyone alive today who can school him about Western swing, whorehouse piano, stride, when done in an improvisational context.
Does he cover other (key)boards as well as piano? How was it miked? What was the PA situation for you guys? How do you mic a horn for live radio broadcast, anyway? Clip into the bell?
Inquiring minds, fighting ignorance, tell all, tell us now!
Oh, and I forgot to add that I have MUCH respect for people in the armed services who are serving as musicians – it’s a tough audition, and you obviously earn your pension and pay by even qualifying to get in. As far as I’m concerned, you all are the Cadillacs of the musician class. Well, you and the Lawrence Welk Show!