Hellen_slith -> RE: Second Armored Jazz Band (1984) (5/31/2020 10:17:03 PM)
I'm surprised we never played there during my time in,
mostly we played funky gigs like the "Rattlesnake Roundup!" in Bluebonnet(?)
or holiday gigs like Memorial Day parades, July 4, things like that.
BUT, funny story about Chief Blake, when we went on REFORGER '84.
We wound up on Helgoland, doing a gig on the main island, and one the night before on the little island that is right beside it.
Sunday next day, we were scheduled to play for some dignitaries on the main island,
at the main hotel. I'm talking NATO bigwigs. Four Star and their wives, and above...
The Saturday night prior, we were scheduled for jazz concert on the island next door.
The "party" island. Only accessible via the fishing boat fleet from main island, Helgoland.
So, we play the Jazz gig on "Island Two", and ... it ... is ... CRAZY PARTY.
Everyone has a fifth or two of Apfelkorn, all the beer is free to us bandspeople,
and we get ROARING DRUNK!!!! Most of all ... Chief Blake.
SOMEHOW, we manage to get Chief Blake onto the last boat back to main island (Helgoland)....
He is completely waxed, falling down drunk, and we have to DRAG his six foot two ass back to the hostel.
Three of us, with all of our strength, trying to get his ass back to his bunk.
At the very last, Polizei and some German Soldiers roll up, "WAS IST LOS???"
We have to talk them out of calling an ambulance, I think bribes were exchanged,
but we got him to his bunk about three hours before the big show for the dignitaries.
Somehow, we got him up the next morning, got him dressed and ready to go,
and by GAWD he then conducted us through the dignitary routine,
playing colors, anthems, Alte Kamaraden, and of course the Stars & Stripes Forever march.
For some reason, that drives Germans NUTS, that march, they LOVE it.
Later that day, we had to have a ceremony and consign Rocky's dress uniform to the sea,
aboard a German Minesweeper that took us back to mainland.
OMG I could write a book about those two days in Helgoland.
Good times!!! :)