Gig To Remember
Last night, we played a wedding job with the big band that was the most
interesting, fun, and unique event of this type for us, ever!
It was at Golden
Wings Flying Museum. (Here is a
on the museum that shows some of the planes in there.) There are some 30 plus
pre-world ware II planes (most from the 20’s and 30’s) that have all been
totally restored and are all in flying condition!
At least once a year they all are flown on a country wide touring
circuit. There is even one planes
that was flown by Amelia
Earhart, and a Stinson “A” Tri-motor eleven-passenger airliner from the
late 20’s, which was actually the very first airliner ever, owned originally
by American Airlines. When
it was built, it cost just under $30,000 and airfare was $1 to $2!
wedding ceremony itself was a musical event to behold.
They had the Seward Community Band, a 50-piece group play before and
during the ceremony. From that group, there were three smaller ensembles that
also played (a flute ensemble of about 12-15 flutes, a sax quartet, and a brass
quintet who had one retired trumpet player from the Minnesota Orchestra.
I met and ran into many other musicians who I either knew or had heard
of, also. Having the other players
who were guests of the bride and groom sit in and play was great fun!