I was so excited to post news about the COVID-19 study results that I completely blanked on my usual Veterans Day post. And this year’s entry is extra special because thanks to the voters of Arizona, one of the biggest threats to military music will no longer be in Congress!
Senator Martha McSally lost her bid to become a senator in 2016 but ended up getting appointed to the other seat vacated by the passing of Senator John McCain. Fortunately, she was roundly defeated and will be out of Washington soon.
If McSally’s name rings a bell, that’s because she has been a driving force behind efforts to gut the US Armed Forces music programs. McSally has a consistent track record of open hostility toward military musicians and has no problem publicly denigrating their value and the music program’s mission.
Her loss means we can still say with more than a modicum of pride that the single largest employer of full-time professional musicians is the United States Armed Forces.
- The United States Air Force Band
- The United States Army Band
- “The Presidents Own” United States Marine Band
- The United States Navy Band
- The United States Coast Guard Band