short stories

“Welcome to Triumph Band”

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Triumph Band Program. Successful completion will prepare you for an exciting career in the Navy’s marching bands, including performances at our Great Nation’s capital. Cadets who are unable to meet minimum musicianship standards will be assigned remedial work and stationed at the Wall to provide entertainment for our loyal troops there.

Appeared in Welcome to Dystopia, ed. Gordon Van Gelder.

Thanks to Peter Berman, Cyphomandra, and Sonya Taaffe for the beta.