Friday, March 25, 2011

File This Under "Plaid" (part 3)

I recently came across a few random band videos that people have posted on the internet.  It kind of creeped me out that there is video of me just floating around out there but thankfully none of it is incriminating.  I suppose being part of a performance group (even one that's not famous) just puts you out there.  I also got to thinking about all those pictures I've taken with random people at band events- where are those pictures?  How strange that people who don't even know my name have pictures of themselves standing next to me.  These days you never know who is capturing images of you and posting them somewhere.  I'm definitely going to think twice before picking my nose in public from now on.

Here's a video from back in 2007 at the Koreatown Parade in Los Angeles.  This was particularly eerie to watch because I don't really remember this moment in time but apparently I was there (I'm the very last drummer).  We're playing a medley we call "The American Set."

This video is from the 2010 Irish Fair in Pomona, California.  It begins a little abruptly with us playing the end of "Highland Cathedral" and then "Scotland the Brave" follows.  I'm the drummer in the middle.

Here are some of the pictures of the band that are currently floating around on the internet...

These two are from the 2006 Golden Dragon Chinese New Year Parade in Los Angeles, CA.
Photo by Jim Winstead Jr.
Photo by Jim Winstead Jr.
These two are from Veteran's Day 2009 at Forrest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, CA.

Photo by Hans Gutknecht
Photo by Hans Gutknecht
These were taken in March 2010 at the Welcome Home Show and Concert at the Rose Bowl honoring U.S. Marines returning from overseas deployment. The United States Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps was there along with the Silent Drill Platoon & Color Guard.  Oh, and if you look closely at this first picture, you'll see the performer we were "opening" for standing in the background with his guitar.  Here's a hint:  His "Achy Breaky Heart" enjoyed our performance.

Photo by Elizabeth Kane
Photo by Dwight (BlueStreak) Morgan 
As soon as we were off the field, they announced the following act...Billy Ray Cyrus!  What?!  Yes, he was totally there and he totally sang and played his guitar.

Photo by Dwight (BlueStreak) Morgan
He even hung out after his set to take some pictures with us.  He shook all of our hands and said we did an amazing job.  It was surreal.

Photo by Elizabeth Kane
And last but not least, an artsy shot of bagpiper feet which just makes me smile for some reason.
Photo by Carolyn Ford
As you can see, I've had a lot of good times with this band and I hope there are many more to come.  It is an honor to march alongside the wonderful members of the 42nd Highlanders Regimental Pipes and Drums.  If you happen to play the pipes or drums, come join us at the Queen Mary.  We practice every Tuesday from 7:00pm to 9:30ish and would love to add you to our ranks!


Emily (Laundry and Lullabies) said...

I love that you do quirky things like this, Katie. Thanks for posting all the "plaid" information!

Katie K said...

I love doing quirky things like this. I'm glad you've enjoyed the sudden spike in plaid content. =)

So many thoughts... said...

If I've never said it before, I think that your membership in this band is GREAT!!!! And whenever you have a free ticket (or if I ever have money) I love being a roadie :)

Katie K said...

Thanks. I was actually reminded recently that I do love being a part of the band and that it is worth my time. I think the Artist's Way is working! I'll be sure to let you know when we're looking for roadies- we might have some groupie positions opening up soon too. Or we could call you a "band aid" and you could be like Kate Hudson in Almost Famous but without all the promiscuity and drug overdoses. =)