was the Korean Marine Band Concert. The ROKMC Band was outstanding.
They had the silent drill team perform on stage beforehand, with
fixed bayonets!! (OSHA would have fun with this group, more later!)
This was held at KBS Concert Hall, in Seoul, which was made up by
the broadcast people for television. The Koreans gave me VIP seats,
so I had plenty of room for my legs. They started with their ROKMC
Hymn and then played non-military songs. The 1812 Overture was outstanding
in a concert hall!! For the cannons, they marched the drill team
in... and then they fired volleys of 2 shots, (Perfect timing!!)...
BUT, inside a concert hall, two blank M-14 rounds going off sounds
LOUD!!! Like I said, OSHA would be in business for a long time....if
there were an organization like them in Korea. They also played
the Titanic Medley, Hallelujah Chorus and American Graffiti XI.
It was excellent. Some professional singers came in, a choir came
in, and a very nice on the eyes young Korean lady singer. The young
ROK Marines in the audience went wild. She talked to them, and noticed
the US Marines and personnel. She started talking to them in Korean
and they never even noticed... I was on the other side of the place
from that group... she would have gotten a response from me! This
was the end of a week of ceremonies. Many former ROK Marines living
in USA flew to Korea for this. They were from Washington DC, Ohio,
Chicago, LA and Kansas City. Lots of interesting people. Successful
people who made the American dream work.
Having fun in Seoul,