The Andy Griffith Show: Season 3, Episode 8

The Mayberry Band (19 Nov. 1962)

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Mayberry's town band is the worst in the state and Mayor Stoner refuses to allow them to go to the state capital to play. It looks like they will have to stay home until Andy gets a little help from Freddy Fleet and his band.



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Episode credited cast:
Opie Taylor (as Ronny Howard)
Thom Carney ...
Burly Peters
Freddy Fleet
William Eben Stephens ...
Phil Sunkel
Sherwood Keith ...
Merle - Town Councilman
Ralph - Town Councilman
Frank Leyva ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Slate ...
Bobby Fleet / Freddy Fleet


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 garykmcd

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19 November 1962 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Outwitting Mayor Stoner
25 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Now they have a town band, comprised of about a dozen men, with Andy playing an instrument AND conducting. They are getting ready for their annual trip to Raleigh for a state-wide competition. (I phrase it like this because we never heard of or from this band on any other episode.) Barney has decided he wants to join the band. He sent away to Cymbal City in Chicago for a pair of "Andre Kostelanetz Marchers" (named after a very famous conductor whose band produced many albums over several decades). Of course, he had to surprise Andy with his new "instrument" by banging them loudly right behind his head.

As Andy headed for a meeting in the mayor's office, he spotted Freddy Fleet and his Band with a Beat. (In their earlier appearance, the same sort of traveling band with a long station wagon was headed by Bobby Fleet.) After exchanging pleasantries, including meeting a new "horn" –that's trumpet player to you and me, a man named Phil who had a goatee and used all the lingo of musicians of the era, Andy went to the meeting and was stunned to hear that the mayor did not want to approve funding the band's trip tomorrow because they are "the worst band in the entire state." Andy gets the mayor to give them a chance, but rehearsal is chaotic and when the mayor sits in, the sound surely reminds old Brooklyn fans of the famous Dodger Sym-phoney Band, as they play their own sounds all separately and you can barely recognize the Stars and Stripes Forever. The mayor repeats that he won't pay for this band's trip because they are so horrible.

Andy, unable to improve the band enough, wants to preserve funding for the trip because it is an expected annual outing for the boys. So he has to con the mayor and I won't reveal how in case someone reading this wants to watch and doesn't remember/or know what happened.

Barney shakes up everyone with his loud cymbal playing and the ingenious way Andy tricks the mayor make for one of the funniest episodes in the series. So what if the mayor's actions make no political sense—alienating the voters without saving the taxpayers more than a little money. I think it's too bad they didn't have more episodes where Andy outwitted the mayor.

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