We talk a lot about the value of music and arts programs in our schools. About the life skills learned: leadership, teamwork and responsibility. I want to talk about something much simpler: lasting friendships and a pure love of music.
In the late 1960’s two young men entered the U.S. Naval Academy at the same time. Their friendship started while playing alongside each other in the Navy’s Drum and Bugle Corps and it grew during their Academy days. After graduation, they maintained their friendship and each went on to distinguished careers as military pilots. In a tragic twist of fate, Charles Burlingame and Frank Culbertson, Jr. each played a unique role in one of our nation’s darkest days.