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able to read music, select proper music for variety shows,
train and lead an orchestra, lead a soldier "sing," and accompany
individual or group singers on the piano. The ability
to sing and entertain generally, while not essential, is a valuable
asset. It is the music technician's responsibility to see
that the contents of Kit "D" are distributed to the soldiers at
the time needed and also to see that these are returned.
(2) The objective of the music technician is to get maximum
participation on the part of the men in the units serviced.
Close liaison with the theater technician is essential since
music is the heart of most entertainment.
b. Radio Technician. The radio technician should be
able to set up and operate the equipment of Kit "B-1" (AN-r
TIQ-2) and also make minor repairs. He should be trained
to handle radio reception problems, operate the phonograph
with both recordings and transcriptions, set up the microphone
properly, place the loudspeakers so as to secure most
effective results, and operate the gasoline-driven generator.
He should be trained as an announcer and master of ceremonies,
and should be familiar with the entire field of entertainment.
The radio technician usually should work in close
liaison with the theatrical and music technicians.
c. Theater Technician. The theater technician should
have a flair for entertainment and some ability as an actor,
director, stage manager, scenery designer, and painter,
make-up man, and writer, all in one, and be able to handle
any of these duties should necessary personnel otherwise be
not available. He should be able to spot and develop talent,
and plan and direct all details of any type of soldier show. He
should distribute contents of Kit "E" to performers at the
show and collect such equipment after the show, or designate
appropriate personnel to handle these duties.
d. Motion-Picture Technician. (1) In each Special Service
Company are twelve motion-picture technicians, four being
designated as motion-picture equipment repairmen and
eight as projectionists. The equipment repairmen should
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