Thanks to some of my colleagues in the navy band, I stumbled upon a series of articles that appeared in the washington post over the last month and a half or so. The articles are written by a journalist named Walter Pincus, and they basically discuss the legitimacy and necessity of military bands in relation to the department of defense budget cuts that are currently being proposed.
I will post the articles in the order that they appeared, the first article appearing on August 24.
the second appeared on September 7
the most recent appearing on September 14
I highly encourage you to read the following article which is basically a response by NPR to the articles that Mr. Pincus wrote. At the top of the page you can listen to the original audio as it appeared in NPR's radio program, "All Things Considered", in which they interview not only Mr. Pincus but (hold your breath) also Euphonium great and Marine band director, Col. Michael Colburn.
I will refrain from providing my own opinion on Mr. Pincus' articles and the ideas that he proposed, since I am more than a little bit biased. However, I will say that from my own professional experience as an active duty member of the navy band, his numbers occasionally appear to be poorly researched and often inflated or deflated to suit his argument.
I would love to hear everyone's opinions on these articles, so please discuss, debate, argue, disagree, agree, etc...