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And the band played on

Scott Hallock certainly dropped in at Fort Riley military review yesterday.

A parachutist went off course Thursday at the start of a military review and dropped feet-first into the 1st Infantry Division's band, injuring three players.

Several thousand people watched as the man under the red, white and blue parachute landed on the 30-member band, about 50 yards off target. A gasp went up from the crowd, followed by silence as at least a dozen people rushed over to help.

"I hear, 'Oh, expletive,' and immediately, I hear a crash,'" said the band's commander, Chief Warrant Officer Scott MacDonald.

The three injured band members were treated and released from Irwin Army Community Hospital. The parachutist, Scott Hallock, refused treatment at the scene.

While Mr. Hallock survived the jump all right, one band member suffered a fractured ankle and another had his jaw broken.

"We know that they're going to be all right," said Gen. Charles Campbell, head of the Army's Forces Command, during opening remarks.

Two tubas were destroyed, said Mike Keating, assistant chief of the post's Fire Department. MacDonald said a trumpet was also damaged.

Can I suggest a couple of baritone horns in lieu of the tubas. The baritone horn was the instrument I played in elementary and junior high school.

Kudos to Chief Warrant Officer Scott MacDonald, and the rest of the band. In spite of what happened, they continued to perform yesterday. Who says military band members aren't tough?

In honor of yesterday's human-band collision, I'll post a video of one of these very rare occurences. What is famously known as 'The Play'.



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Shameless Bragging Moment: ... (Below threshold)

Shameless Bragging Moment: I was in the stands of "The Play" game--roughly sitting at the 40-yard line, west side of Memorial Stadium.

Everyone forgets that John Elway had engineered one of his patented, last-minute drives to give Stanford the lead.

Still an incredible game...

"Two tubas were destr... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

"Two tubas were destroyed???"

Just how big was that guy in the parachute?

My shameless bragging momen... (Below threshold)
Jumpinjoe:

My shameless bragging moment also; If I recall correctly "the play" happened in the mid-1990's the same time I was on the Army Parachute Team. Since there was a rash of skydiving demo accidents at the time by civilians, the FFA sanctioned United States Parachute Association required that anyone doing a demonstration qualify for a PRO-skydiving license.

Even though I had already jumped into stadiums, downtown intersections and even Goat Island between Niagara Falls, I still had to get an upgraded license.

I still have it stuck in the corner of one of my "action pictures" that adorn my "I Love Me" room. It makes a good conversation piece to this day and it's because of that guy in "the play".

So how do you like me so far? (an inside skydiving demo team joke)

Everyone forgets t... (Below threshold)
Everyone forgets that John Elway had engineered one of his patented, last-minute drives to give Stanford the lead.

True, but he was such a whining pussy about it afterwards that I took an instant disliking to him and loathed him throughout his entire career.

But I will admit that the drive he put together to put Stanford ahead was a thing of beauty.

If I recall correc... (Below threshold)
If I recall correctly "the play" happened in the mid-1990's

Mid-80's.

Mid-80's.<... (Below threshold)

Mid-80's.

the play" happened in the mid-1990's

1982. I was but a sophomore in high school...who got impossibly stoned after this game at my buddy's frat house, too. Why I share that I don't know...lol...

True, but he was such a whining pussy about it afterwards that I took an instant disliking to him and loathed him throughout his entire career.

As a Raiders' fan, I still refer to him as "Horse Boy."




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