J.P. Brantley must have thought he was dreaming recently when he heard the strains of "The Advocate-Messenger March" floating through his bedroom.
He and his wife, Jane, wake in the early hours of the morning. Their clock radio is set to go off at 5 a.m. They gradually wake up listening to National Public Radio, which that particular morning had a program about the Republican National Convention.
The Brantleys are familiar with NPR's pattern and after the news of the convention, at 18 minutes after the hour, there's about a minute of "fill music." The strains of "The Advocate-Messenger March" came from the radio.
"We were instantly wide awake," Mrs. Brantley said.
The tune was no stranger to Brantley, who is a member of The Advocate Brass Band, which was doing the playing. That selection was followed by a rendering of "Bugler's Holiday" with Vince DiMartino sitting in with the Canadian Brass. Brantley knew that not just from the playing, but from the "Hey" that DiMartino contributes to the performance.