Speaking of music played by means of mechanical devices, visit this page, click on the Rocky Fanfare link, and have a listen.
The recording took place at the All Western Band Review in 1977. For those who don't know, that's a high school marching band competition. Only the best high school marching bands were invited.
This recording took place after the competition, during the entertainment for the high school bands. It was given by a local University marching band. The marching band you just listened to, gave a roughly half hour performance for them, the equivalent of an extended half time show. That band consisted of 180 marching musicians. Most of them were the best of the best from their respective high school bands. Many had been the drum majors of their high school bands. Each person could play multiple instruments. Most were also in the orchestra.
That was the Big Brown Music Machine, during one of the best performances ever recorded. Cal State University Long Beach held the reputation for being the absolute best music program in the state for a very long time. To my knowledge, that is one of the only existing recordings, with yours truly as one of the musicians. It still sends chills up my spine to listen to it. And that was recorded some 37 years ago.
Yeah, USC got a lot of press, but that's only because it was USC. Long Beach could blow them away, and they knew it. Yeah, USC got to play Tusk with Fleetwood Mac. I invite you to listen to those guys play, then go back and listen to our Rocky Fanfare again. You can judge for yourself who the better band was.
I was reffering to the music reproduced by entierly mechanical devices - most instruments, particularly acoustic ones, are of course macanical devices.
But I really enjoyed both performances; being from Europe, I heard (of) them for the very first time. Both are reather poorly recorded, but playing of the Long Beach is WAAAY better. I can only *imagine* what sentimental value must a memory like this have to you. Well done, Sir !