Last week a question was raised in Washington regarding whether or not to continue the funding for our nations Military ensembles at their current levels, indeed proposing to cut by 37.5%. This is a serious matter, and would eliminate many bands around the country and abroad. One group in particular is the Air Force Band of Liberty, stationed at Hanscom AFB in Massachusetts. This is a group that was already on the chopping block before these proposed cuts, and will certainly be in danger if the bill passes.
To read more specifics, see Walter Pincus' article on the matter here.
If you value these ensembles as a representation of American music, professional wind groups, or simply a patriotic necessity, then please consider contacting your representative to tell him/her that you'd like them to support our military bands. You can use this link to find your Senator. http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm