[LMB] Birthday Tixie

A. Marina Fournier saffronrose at me.com
Thu Jan 11 19:15:28 GMT 2018

On Jan 11, 2018, at 09:37 AM, Jean Lamb <tlambs1138 at charter.net> wrote:

Today is Marcia Pierce's birthday! The Barrayaran Imperial Academy's
marching starts out its review with a modest selection of 76 trombones (one
for each year of Ms. Pierce's life). The others come-the trumpets, the
saxophones, and even a few stout Sousaphones (which are called Emperor
Trumpets here) complete the brass section, and then come the drums right
after the horse units. (the bass drum people always have someone to tell
them where to step, because Horses Are Like That).
not this?
Seventy six trombones led the big parade
With a hundred and ten cornets close at hand.
They were followed by rows and rows of the finest virtuosos,
The cream of ev'ry famous band.

Seventy six trombones caught the morning sun,
With a hundred and ten cornets right behind.
There were more than a thousand reeds springing up like weeds,
There were horns of ev'ry shape and kind.

There were copper bottom tympani in horse platoons,
Thundering, thundering, all along the way.
Double bell euphoniums and big bassoons,
Each bassoon having his big fat say.
There were fifty mounted cannon in the battery,
Thundering, thundering, louder than before.
Clarinets of eve'ry size and trumpeters who'd improvise
A full octave higher than the score.

Seventy six trombones led the big parade,
When the order to march rang out loud and clear.
Starting off with a big bang bong on a Chinese gong,
By a big bang bonger at the rear.

Seventy six trombones hit the counter point,
While a hundred and ten cornets played the air.
Then I modestly took my place as the one and only bass,
And I oompahed up and down the square.
 Thanks to Meredith Wilson!


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