We thought it a jest or a jape or a joke
and sent out the word to our friends and our folk
to get on the web and to tick off a vote.
The likes kept growing and we counted the tote
as our people checked in with united voice
and gave us a win, number one, people's choice.
And much to our surprise
there really was a prize.
Whoopee ! It's a win !
With a bunch of young people new to the band
without our Drum Major, the best in the land
we lined up and Greg took us through the routine.
Formed up in order not a march card was seen
we played well from memory, formation was tight
and at the corner we turned left and not right.
And much to our delight
all that we did went right.
Woohoo ! It's a first !
The rest of the contest was tougher than that
as all of the bands want that old fireman's hat
so hard we all try and the standard is high.
The results come out and we try not to cry,
recalling rehearsals we hold back a tear,
we work hard for Bill and will be back next year.
And much to our dismay
it just was not our day.
Whooee ! Did our best !
Our solo musicians played well and had fun
trying for a good score and a place, number one
and they got places with two, four and no three.
Playing in the final was this day not to be
but young and not so young our guys did their best,
the solos are tricky and always a test.
And much to our relief
the afternoon was brief.
Whooha! Lets party !