Worldwide Military Bassists Club!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by neurotictim, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. Now, I know there are a lot of people *sorta* complaining about the club threads, but another thread got me to thinking that maybe we need a club for current or former active-duty, reservist, or retired military. In keeping with the international nature of TB, this includes all military service, in any nation.

    Please join us if you've done your time for your country. Let's hear a little about your time spent, if you can, too. As most military people know, it's a small world, maybe we'll run into each other one day.

    I am an Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Petty Officer (E6) stationed here in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I've spent the last 6 years here, and before that I was in Patuxent River, Maryland. I've been to about a dozen countries on four different aircraft carriers, and I've got almost 9 years of service under my belt.

    Been playing bass for the last 13 or so, and haven't been without one since boot camp. :bassist:

    Anyone else? I'll be member #1, and I'm looking forward to seeing how many fellow bassists out there are in the club, too.
  2. JNowiski


    Jan 16, 2006
    i'm in the service, but can't wait to get out and actually start my life. i feel like its just on standby right now.
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I'm not only a service member, but I'm a 'military bassist' - 14 years with the Army, 7 (so far) with the US Air Force!

    I want a number....
  4. It's definitely not for everyone. The Navy's changed a lot since I joined, and I've decided to call it quits at 10 years. I can't see myself babysitting for another 10. I'm making the best of it right now - too much to do right now for me to be "on standby," but best of luck to ya.


    Pacman, I was waiting for you to pipe up. You're my hero - if I could stay in the Navy to play bass for them, I'd be a lifer and then some. Unfortunately, that requires no small amount of talent and actual ability to boot!

  5. PocketGroove82


    Oct 18, 2006
    Count Me In!
    Like Jon, I'm also a military musician. I've been in the army band field for 2.5 years, hold the rank of Specialist, and my last year was spent living it up and giging in Seoul, S. Korea. As many people on Talkbass know, I'm a big advocate of bands in the military and the rare opportunity they provide for instrumentalists who don't want to live the struggling artist life.
    My current band was schedualed to perform a 45 day musical tour of Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan earlier this year, but sadly, after months and months of rehearsals and preperation, the plug got pulled 4 days before we were schedualed to deploy.

    I'm still bummed out that we didn't even have a chance to perform the mission we trained so hard for, but it was a relief that my buddies didn't have to be away from their families. Anyways, I'd be interested to know what other countries have military represented on TB.

  6. #4, Pocket.

    Now that I'm essentially a babysitter, I have a lot of time that I can spend on TB...

  7. PocketGroove82


    Oct 18, 2006
    Thanks Neurotictim...and, hey, if you gotta babysit I'm glad, at least, you're in VA Beach! I did my AIT there at the School of Music and I loved it, very nice place imo. :)
  8. Jereth

    Jereth Still lovin' that cake...

    Jun 20, 2006
    Currently a 2-Star Gunner in a reserve Air Defence Battery...

    Like the experiance, want to join the Irish Army when I leave school. Hopefully get some oversea's time.

    Does this qualify me?
  9. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
  10. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    ...I think I misunderstood the OP :(
  11. abngourmet

    abngourmet Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2004
    20 years, 2 months, 19 days, retired on 1 Dec 07.

    Branch of Service: Army

    Branch: Infantry (both Mechanized and Airborne, 8 years); PSYOP (12 years)

    Countries visited: Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE (Dubai), England, Germany, Canada, Thailand, South Korea

    States/Territories TDY: Guam, Puerto Rico, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, California, Washington, Florida, Louisiana, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri

    Duty Stations: Fort Hood, TX; Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Benning, GA, Fort Belvoir, VA; Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, republic of Korea (TCS)

    Major Cities visited: London, Quebec, Seoul, Kuwait City, Dubai (UAE), Manama (Bahrain), Songkhla/Hat Yai (Thailand), Frankfurt, Kassel, Stuttgart, Koblenz, Mainz, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Dammam/Dharhan (Saudi Arabia), Baghdad, numerous U.S. Cities

    Deployments: Iraq (2005-2006); Bahrain/USS PELELIU (Nov-Dec 2001); Operation Desert Shield/Storm (Sep 90-Apr 91)

    I know Pocketgroove - we met in Seoul last year.

    It's good to be retired.
  12. Jereth - of course! Consider yourself #5.

    abngourmet, congratulations & thanks. You're numero 6.

    Pocket - I'm definitely not complaining about the area - I actually love Hampton Roads, I bought a house here, met the girl of my dreams here. :D

    Va Beach has been good to me.
  13. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    This fall I'll be joining the Airforce. So don't count me in, Yet.
  14. MoD_Scotty


    Jul 22, 2007
    Thrapston, UK
    8yrs in the AF as a linguist. I'm now nocturnal.

    Glad to be out and living off the GI Bill!
  15. mikethecannibal


    Jan 19, 2008
    erie pa
    Army, Infantry, basic begins 07/03/2008
  16. PocketGroove82


    Oct 18, 2006
    HOOAH! "Targets comming up...knock'em down." :ninja:

    You getting a nice bonus?
  17. JNowiski


    Jan 16, 2006
    are you still at bragg?
  18. abngourmet

    abngourmet Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2004
  19. abngourmet

    abngourmet Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2004
    Be careful what you wish for. You might just get it. Do everything they tell you, and keep your head down. Godspeed, good luck, and let me know if there's anything I can do for you.

    Major, U.S. Army (Ret)
    2/5 Cav, 1st Brigade, 1st Cav Division, 1988-90
    1/5 Cav, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cav Division, 1991-92,
    HHC/3-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Nov 93-Feb 95
    Baghdad, Dec 2005-July 2006
    Veteran, Desert Shield/Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom
  20. JNowiski


    Jan 16, 2006
    yeah, i'm from fayetteville, and went psyop and now i'm stationed here...what fun. you ever in 9th bn?