Oh good, TB doesn’t have Lefty lollygag in explaining her community band problem in today’s strip. Yeah, it’s a stupid problem and it could have easily been explained in yesterday’s strip, but we also very well could have spent a week getting to this point. Unfortunately, I expect we’re still spending a week with these two.
Ah, the national community band competition… a great American 4th of July-ish tradition. Yes indeed, it’s up there with Coney Island hot dog eating contest and the international stingray decoration show and that thing Jimmy Smits used to host on public television.
In the reality that is recorded on the internet, I was able to find two things comparable to Lefty’s competition, but nothing exactly like it:
- First is the Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Silver Scroll, which is an award for community bands but does not involve a live, competition show.
- Second is the Music for All National Concert Band Festival, which isn’t a competition at all and has the decency to take place in March instead of around the 4th of July, the show date for which pretty much every community band in the United States was founded.