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Strike Up The Band

Paul Schneidmill

When I was a little boy, my mother would take my two sisters and I to classical ballets and concerts. Mom wanted us to be aware of artistic culture, and for that I am grateful.

One of the things I remember most about those experiences, were the melodious sounds of the symphony orchestra, just prior to the show beginning, as the musicians warmed up their instruments. The sounds of the various instruments running scales and arpeggios and so forth, were distinct, unique, and to a young fella like me at that time, like nothing else on earth. Then the conductor would tap his baton on the podium, signaling the musician's attention to begin, and he would "strike up the band".

I've had the opportunity countless times to hear The U.S. Army Band (TUSAB) Pershing's Own, play, because when I was an Old Guard soldier at Fort Myer, VA, we marched in ceremonies on Summerall Field and the band would play the ceremonial and marching music (Summerall Field was supposed to be named after somebody named Summerall, but I think they named it that because we had to march there "All Summer"). When TUSAB struck up the band, it was like nothing else, and on a pre-arranged command that coincided with a musical note, we would step out and march.

The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ (those who have gone on before, waiting for the promise of His return) shall rise (lead out) first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord".

I can equate that "Shout" in my spiritual imagination, to the sounds of that orchestra warming up. The "Voice of the Archangel" is relative to the baton being tapped on that podium, and the "Trump of God" is the "Striking up of the Band" for the believers and followers of Christ, at attention or at ease, to "index" this world. That sound, you can be sure, will be distinct, unique, and to a now "older" fella, gloriously, like nothing else on earth.

It is my prayer that when the "heavenly band" strikes up, heralding the second coming of Christ, many folk will be prepared to step out and march.

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