Military Intelligence Ball
Friday, June 26, 2009
Fort Huachuca, Arizona
The MI ball was a very successful event! The drive down to Ft. Huachuca was very pleasant; it’s about a 2hr drive from Tucson. The temperature drops about 15 degrees in that part of Arizona compared to Tucson, and it even started monsoon on the way over!
I had the entire stage to set-up, and I was very familiar with the building, which logistically helps when setting up equipment. The staff was busy filling up the tea and water, while the bartenders prepared their register as the A/V person was setting up a video presentation from Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s.
1800 Wine tasting and social hour was the first thing on the agenda. A Military Jazz band was scheduled to play during the social hour, which gave me some time to relax and enjoy the band. Around 1915 a call to be seated by the Master of Ceremonies Lt.Col. Monard, followed by the Introductions of the head tables, posting of the colors, the National Anthem, and the Invocation by Col. Day. (this is one of my favorite parts of a military event)
1950 Immediately after, the toasts, the dinner began. It was my turn to play some background music for the dinner hour. I played a some lite jazz, Sinatra, Tony Bennet, King Cole, Buble, D. Martin, Platters, Mathis, and other standards from those eras.
2100 After dinner, the presentation of Congresswomen Gifford’s began, and the keynote address form Major General Custer.
I was really impressed by the speech that MG Custer gave. I was also surprised and at the same time impressed to see three Generals in the US Army as well as high ranking officers from our allies: Afghanistan Coalition Forces, S. Korea, and Turkey. I guess I was really impressed by their uniforms, insignias, colors, and medals!
2120 The colors were retired by the color guard for the evening. It was time to party!! This is where I feel most comfortable. I began with Get down Tonight – KC & The Sunshine Band! The ages were mixed form young 20+ men & women to an older generation around 50-60. The music list consisted mostly of Classic Rock, Oldies, Top-10, a little Country, and very little Hip-Hop if any.
I stuck to the playlist at first: then one of the young ladies came up and said “is this going to be to be the agenda for the whole night?” I said no way! I am here to play for you! So I changed it up a little. I segued into Poker Face by Lady Gaga, and some Usher – Yeah! It was an awesome night to say the least! I was surprised at some of the request. Madonna by one of the General’s, It’s Raining Men by the Weather Girls, and White Lines by Grand Master Flash! Lots of Line dance music too! Cha-Cha Slide, Electric Boogie, YMCA, Quad City DJ’s, Cupid Shuffle Twice! The dance floor was packed all night! All up-beat fun music, I only played two slow songs that evening: My Girl by the Temptations, and Neon Moon by Brooks & Dunn. Last song was Last Dance by Donna Summer.
Thank you to all the men & women in the armed forces, I had a wonderful time.
I dedicate this blog entry to my uncles:
† Theodore Coronado: WWII Veteran
† Julio Coronado: Korean War Veteran
Alejandro Rodriguez: Vietnam Veteran
(if you would like a copy of the playlist that was approved, send my an e-mail)