Albany Marine Band gives hole-in-one performance
By Pfc. Nicholas Tremblay
| | May 10, 2001
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany Marine Band performed Sunday at the LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship Golf Tournament, hosted by Nancy Lopez, at Eagle's Landing Country Club at Stockbridge, Ga.
The band played in the closing ceremonies of the tournament. Once the last ball was sunk in the 18th hole, four Army 82nd Airborne Division All-American Free Fall Team parachutists from Fort Bragg, N.C., parachuted out of a helicopter and landed on the green.
"I think it's great for civilians to be able to see some of the things the military does," said Cpl. Raul Franco, a tuba player with the MCLB Albany Band.
When all of the parachutists safely landed, the crowd erupted in applause and cheers. But as soon as the band stepped onto the green, there was immediate silence. The crowd watched as the band proceeded to march to the 18th hole. Once the band began to play the crowd immediately started whistling and clapping to the beat of the song.
"We wanted the MCLB Band to come to the tournament because they put on a great performance," said John R. Nino, the executive secretary of Georgia's Military Affairs Coordinating Committee.
Eagle's Landing Country Club wanted the Marine band to go to the event because it was Armed Forces Day for the tournament, and they wanted a talented marching band to perform for the golf fans, said Nino. All military personnel who received a discounted admission rate.
"The Marines are very impressive to watch because they are very well-disciplined and they have sharp looking uniforms," said Nino.
"They are one of the best guests that we've had come out to our events," he said.
The golf fans and event staff are not the only ones who enjoyed the event.
"That [golf tournament] was the first time I played at an event that big," said Cpl. Jacob O. Johnson, a trumpet player with the Albany Band.
"I think we did a great job," said Franco.