Sunday, September 7, 2014


I'm so many years removed from school, it doesn't even bug me when the school year starts. Hasn't for years. It's not my problem. But if I was going to do it all over again, I think I'd consider band class. I don't know how it is these days, but I seem to remember that it didn't exactly get you laid, but, man, what dividends. You get to learn about music, theory and all of that, and on top of that, free music lessons? In school? Oh, hell yeah. That would be the only reason to go to a high school reunion. I'd round up all the band people and say, "You know what you guys? You were right."

Here's a selection of school band songs that all have some sort of flair, starting with the Roth Junior High School Stage Band's cover of David Rose's "The Stripper". It sounds like the original should have; like every band member was drunk. Can you imagine the band teacher's thought process? "Man, these kids play like they're drunk. Oh well, we'll just add 'The Stripper' to the set list." Next up is Langley High School Band's cover of Stevie Wonder's "Uptight", played at breakneck speed. It jams. Then Goddard High brings it on, with a cover of Hendrix's "Fire", notable for the drummer who beats the living shit out the drum kit. The other two are the by the amazing Kashmere Stage Band. They just take it to a whole other level. That's them in the photo above. If you think a high school band that large would be all over the place, think again. They're tight as shit.

Roth Junior High School - The Stripper mp3 at Beware of the Blog
Langley High School - Uptight mp3
at Waxidermy
Goddard High School Band - Fire mp3
at Beware of the Blog
Kashmere Stage Band - Super Bad mp3 at MOG
Kashmere Stage Band - Thank You mp3
at Life Signs Project
Thundersoul - Documentary about the Kashmere Stage Band
Kashmere Stage Band - Profile of the band at NPR 

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