The Mayberry Band is looking forward to going to the State Capital for the annual state-wide band competition. The new Mayor however thinks otherwise. He's heard the band and thinks they're not only the worst imaginable but a disgrace to the town. Andy talk him into listening them just once more but it only convinces the Mayor more than ever not to let them go. Andy comes up with a plan however. It just so happens that Freddy Fleet and his Band are passing through Mayberry and Andy twists their arm into helping them out. Written by
Did You Know?
Aneta Corsaut, who would later play Helen Crump, was a friend of Jim Fritzell who wrote this episode. She suggested the name Phil Sunkle for one of the Freddy Fleet Band members as a tribute to a musician friend she had back in New York. Corsaut didn't tell her friend about this and when the episode aired, Sunkel sued the show. Corsaut tried to explain the situation to her friend, but by that time, Sunkel had settled out of court. See more
Andy finally convinces Mayor Stoner to delay making his decision until he watches the band play while marching. At the appointed time the Mayor drives up and parks his car directly in front of the sidewalk bench where Barney seats him. In the very next shot, when the band is marching by, the camera is now behind the bench looking past Barney and the Mayor toward the street. The Mayor's car has suddenly disappeared from where it should be blocking the Mayor's view of the street and band. See more
Stars and Stripes Forever
Written by John Philip Sousa
Performed by The Mayberry Band. See more