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Patrick T. Powers

Patrick T. Powers was an American baseball executive who served as president of the Eastern League and founding president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. President of the EL, he was elected by several minor league presidents on September 5, 1901 at the Leland Hotel in Chicago; the purpose of the NAPBL was to keep the uniting minor leagues independent of the American and National Leagues who were engaged in a nasty turf war, stealing players and hurling accusations at each other. By the established major National League had abrogated its agreement with the minor leagues when threatened by the American side. After the AL won its equality with the NL, the two major leagues and the minor association led by Powers reestablished a National Agreement. Once again, a system was in place to protect rosters and territories and at the same time feed some players to the National and American Leagues. Before becoming a league executive, Powers was a team manager including two seasons in the major leagues.

In 1890 he led the Rochester Broncos of the American Association to a 63-63 record and a fifth-place finish. With the New York Giants in 1892, he finished 8th in the 12-team National League with a record of 71-80. Powers retired from the presidency of the NABPL in 1909, at a time when the Eastern League considered leaving. Michael Sexton was chosen to replace Powers as president at the Winter Meetings in 1909. Powers and Sexton have been considered the fathers of the current Minor League Baseball, as they thought alike and acted alike, were in agreement on the path that the organization should take; as a result, Sexton extended the valuable legacy of Powers during the next 24 years. There were 246 professional baseball clubs in the organization, it has continued on as the trade association of those lesser baseball leagues that make up organized baseball. It goes by the aforementioned moniker of Minor League Baseball today, which implies a universality no longer approximately attained. Once again at the end of the 20th century as at the beginning, there were many independent professional leagues — such as the Northern League, Central League, Golden Baseball League.

Those leagues feed players, albeit many fewer, to the major leagues. Powers died at the age of 65 in New Jersey. Minor League Baseball: Presidential biography Minor League News – Story of the rise of the second National Association Baseball-Reference.com – Career managing record

Kenya Army Band

The Kenya Army Band is the primary military musical unit in the Kenya Army and the Kenya Defence Forces. The band was founded shortly after Kenya gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1963 as the successor the Band of King's African Rifles of East Africa, it is present at all national celebrations including Heroes' Day and Remembrance Day. All members of the band are aged between 18-26 at the time of enlistment with the band and it takes 5 years before a musician is qualified to perform on the with the band, based out of the Lang'ata Army Barracks near Nairobi; the barracks are home to another of the band's institutions, the Kenya Army School of Music. All members of the band come from the 8 battalions in the Infantry Branch, with many having been deployed to Somalia and Sudan on peacekeeping missions; the band wears a distinctive white and black monkey bearskin, which has a pattern based on the one, used by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards of the British Army. The SCOTS DG bearskin was a gift to the Scots from Tsar Nicholas II of Russia while he was Colonel of the Regiment.

The Band performs at a range of events including: Public holidays Madaraka Day Moi Day Mashujaa Day Jamhuri Day Commemorations Remembrance Day Services Beating Retreats and Sunset Ceremonies Military Tattoos Military ParadesIn 1980, the band took part in the centenary of the Royal Tournament. The Trooping of the Colour of the Kenya Defence Forces takes place every Jamhuri Day. During the ceremony, the band plays a slow march followed by a quick march with the lone drummer breaking away to take his position beside number one guard to play the drummers call, signalling the officers of No.1 Guard to take positions to receive the colour. As part of the massed KDF band, the army band performs the chosen Kenyan tunes for the parade. After the first verse of the Ee Mungu Nguvu Yetu is played, the band performs the tune of the British grenadier guards during the trooping followed by the first tune of the parade, always By land and sea; the two main events the band participates in where a guard of honour from the Kenya Army Infantry is mounted include state visits and the State Opening of Parliament.

For the former, the band performs the national anthems of Kenya. The band plays a slow march during the inspection of the guard and martial music for a pass-out parade for the guest of honour. During the opening of parliament, the band performs the general salute for the President of Kenya, who undergoes a similar procedure to visiting dignitaries during state visits, with the band performing the same protocol music. Lieutenant Colonel Simon Tipatet, a longtime director of the band. Lieutenant Colonel Martin Makadia, the Senior Director of Music and a graduate of the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall. Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Wasomi was the former director of the band, he was a recipient of the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear. He died in November 2019 in Nairobi. Ken Makokha Kenya Navy Band Maroon Commandos