Bowie, Md.: About the robes... do the colors symbolize anything?
Tim DeLaughter: The robes just symbolize that we are a colorful band and are unified by all these colors.
Bethesda, Md.: Do you recruit new band members or do they generally come to you? And do any minorities ever show interest in joining the band?
Tim DeLaughter: Yes, they all come to us. That is basically how the band has gotten together.
We did have an African-American who played Tuba who approached the band and was going to do it, but at the last minute he had to move back to East Texas where he went to teach at a school. But we really don't have that many minorities approaching us to be in the band.
He seemed like a regular fellow in the discussion. He doesn't fool me, though. I just know there's something fishy going on there in the midst of all that love and harmony.