Tuesday, April 05, 2005
Once upon a time there was a CYO drum and bugle corps sponsored by a parish in Batavia, NY. They were known simply as St. Joseph's of Batavia. They became such a dominent force in their era that people began calling them Mighty St. Joe's, and the name stuck. Although the current corps boasts members of every age from teenagers to whatever, their average age is 57.
Let me tell you, they haven't lost a beat. The musicianship and the power of this corps defies description. I'd watch them three times a day if I could. Un-freaking-believable.
Just before their last number they introduced a soprano player and announced he turned 74 that day. He then proceeded to blow some jazz riffs that would make Wynton Marslis proud. Then the rest of the corps joined in. Simply awesome.