Author Lt Col Robert Keith Gunther concludes his fascinating appearance right back at occasions of 51 years back in addition to State Funeral of President John F Kennedy. Right Here he discusses the part played because of the pipe musical organization of the US Air Force in that defining moment in history….
The USAF Pipe Band was originally founded in 1950 by Colonel George S. Howard. Articles from September 13, 1963, says that it was composed ‘exclusively of people of Scottish and Irish ancestry, attired in genuine kilts regarding the Mitchell tartan. The musical organization alternated having fun with the bugle part of the USAF Drum and Bugle Corps while on the march and during field exhibitions’.
According to U.S. Air energy Piper Jerry Cashion, the USAF Pipe Band was at New Orleans whenever JFK ended up being assassinated. The band had appeared the afternoon before, toured Bourbon Street, now the guys were relaxing in Navy barracks. These were preparing for an evening show when they were given the bad development. The Pipe Major got a call from Washington buying the band’s instant go back to Bolling Air power Base.
In Geoff Redick’s article ‘Local Bagpiper recalls JFK’s funeral’, Piper Cashion said, ‘We were in a gymnasium, willing to play work down in brand new Orleans, Louisiana, therefore we were certainly getting dressed, all set. An announcement emerged within the loudspeaker that Kennedy have been shot. Instantly, they packed united states up and brought united states back to Washington, D.C. We'd to remain on base all weekend, and find out this brand new track they told us we'd to play ‘Mist Covered Mountain’. The band discovered it rapidly and practiced the ceremonial march ahead of the funeral on November 25 during that cold Monday. Due to the President’s fondness for pipeline music, The USAF Pipe Band had been directed to play during the interment service.
‘Monday, November 25 ended up being a bright, sunny, but a rather cold day. The band reported to Arlington in the early early morning for a run-through associated with graveside ceremonies to take place later on that time.’
‘We rehearsed inside our full outfits and it had been cold as hell, ’ recalled Sgt. John Bosworth. After their dried out run, the band moved to an area close to the Old Amphitheater to run through music and marching once more assuring brilliance.
The musical organization then positioned themselves regarding the hill in front of the Custis-Lee Mansion. It absolutely was an amazing standpoint from which to view the magnificent, solemn, pageantry of a State Funeral unfold. Sergeant Bosworth related which they were waiting around for about an hour and a half and could see each marching device because it approached the gates to Arlington National Cemetery. Upon arrival of the cortege at Arlington, the Marine musical organization began the graveside rites with ruffles and flourishes and also the National Anthem. With regards to finished, the atmosphere energy pipeline musical organization began.