When I was a little boy, I wanted to be in the Lanett High School marching band. I thought those black and gold, Prussian Guard-style uniforms the members wore were magnificent! I remember being taken to local football games by my mother and father. The games were highly anticipated occasions, and the carefully orchestrated halftime shows were enthusiastically received by fans. That’s the way I remember it anyway. I know my family enjoyed them. It turned out, my musical interest didn’t extend much further than a childish desire to dress up like something out of the Nutcracker Suite. My athletic abilities weren’t much better, so I’ve spent my life in the stands. The urge to dress splendidly did not last, either.