Dad And The Other Boys In The Band – Excelsior Cornet Band Members In The Gilded Age (Ep. 7)

Above: Screen cap from the far back-end of episode 7 of The Gilded Age. John Allis (dad, promoted to "papou," front-and-center (sticks in hand, his part memorized, of course)) with a few of the Excelsior Cornet Band members (I'm bass drummer emeritus) surrounding. Screen cap taken from the S.U. Brass Ensemble (I'm bass drummer emeritus) Facebook Page.

Nepotism? Slow content month? You be the judge. But didn't want to let the occasion pass without acknowledging the appearance of my father on a subscription cable service.

And, from the syracuse.com website (10 March 2022, article by Geoff Herbert and giving some more details about my former superior officer Jeff Stockham):

The Syracuse-based Excelsior Cornet Band, portraying the Edison Electric Illuminating Company Brass Band on HBO's “The Gilded Age," is pictured (L to R): Mark Anderson, Dickson Rothwell, Angelo Candela, Larry Luttinger, Lee Turner, John Allis, Al Thomson, David Driesen, Steve Weisse, Jeff Stockham.

When a movie or television show needs authentic-sounding 19th century music, they call Jeff Stockham in Syracuse, N.Y.

Stockham, who was inducted in the Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) Hall of Fame last week, has previously appeared in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” as part of the U.S. Marine Band, served as a consultant for the 2003 movie “Cold Mountain,” provided period instruments for 2013?s “Copperhead,” performed in Netflix’s “House of Cards,” and contributed to the PBS documentary “F.S. Key: After the Song,” using original instruments from the 1830s for the story of “The Star Spangled Banner” composer Francis Scott Key.

"Michael Brandt remembered for compassion, skill as electrical engineer and musician" In The Daily Orange

For the record (DO article, local PDF), a quality write-up about Mike Brandt just posted in The Daily Orange, with thanks to Michael Sessa for the remote gumshoeing.

“You put a bass and a keyboard in front of him and he turned into Geddy Lee, without the vocals,” Allis said.

This is 100% true, although Mike took many more solos. F3 did a cover of Peter Gabriel’s D.I.Y., for which one of us “not-Sean” had to do vocals – this meant I had to do vocals. For the other story in the article, “ransacking” may have been a slightly overly-dramatic description of the event that I also fondly remembered in the other post.

Interviews become stories, stories become tales, tales become legend.

One of the other parts to that theft story was the police escort to the house where the gear had been stashed. The drums and two guitars were taken from Mike's house despite there being a keyboard, a bass, another bass, a Chapman Stick, and all kinds of amps and processors and the like in tripping distance – being trained musicians, this struck us all as kind of "Obviously you're not a golfer" odd. Sean and I did our best not to goose Mike about where in the musical guitar-bass-drums trinity his visitor thought his 4-strings-is-less-than-6 avocation fell.

An… austere version of one of these..

The eclectic sampling from Mike's abode made a little more sense on sight of the rest of the stash. The visitor had, among other items in his collection, several huge Igloo coolers (not the free-with-complementary-siding-estimate size, but the kind medium-build folks could hide in), a mini trail bike that I believe I heard was stolen from the Mr. 2nd's Bargain Outlet on Erie Blvd., and 50 pairs of fireman boots – all proof that, when you do (certainly the wrong) drugs, you're not in your best state of mind.