Who Played the Banjo in the Alcatraz Inmate Band?
Which prisoner played the Banjo in the Alcatraz inmate band? It is a question that has been asked and discussed for years. There are many reasons for that and there is no definite answer.
The Banjo is known as the Jester in jail. The Jester is a prison band leader who sings a song that plays on repeat. The Jester also makes sure that prisoners know they must work hard and continue to pay their fines if they wish to be released. If a prisoner wants to be released, they have to work, so the Jester will let the song play over again until it gets loud enough for the prisoner to hear.
At one point, when the song was very hard to hear, the Jester played the song all day and every day, even with prisoners sleeping, while he played the song in order to get the crowd to hear it. It is believed that his song was considered religious by some people in jail and had no other purpose.
The Jester left the prison in 1983, because he had been singing for over ten years. The banjo was the main instrument that he played with, but he did play drums and keyboards as well.
The band was moved to the inside of the prison for security reasons. After the song played, the inmates worked all day long, were allowed to roam freely and were not locked in. Some of the people that were moved inside thought the song was so loud that they thought it was music that was used to keep people down and that the inmates were very happy in their new surroundings.
Some prisoners hated the inside of the prison. One man hated the place because he thought it was not a prison at all. He said that he was given the worst conditions and was forced to sit on the floor without shoes. Some of the other prisoners that were transferred into the prison disliked the inside as well, but felt that the outside prison life would be much better than the inside.
The prisoners played the song so many times and could not get it to stop. After a few years, they would joke about it and call the Jester by a different name. One of the jokes that was made at one time said, “What is the Jester doing out here? He is playing a banjo.
Some of the songs that were played inside the jail are usually played when a prisoner is being transported from one part of the jail to another. Most of the people inside of the jail still like the song and sometimes, during the prison band practice, they play the same song in unison.
Other songs that were played include those that have nothing to do with the crime of which the inmates are accused of. Many of the songs that were played were loved by all of the prisoners, including some of the murderers. Songs that were played that included names of people were especially liked by some of the murderers.
If there was ever a question as to which prisoner played the Banjo in the Alcatraz inmate band, the answer is the Jester. It is difficult to say for sure since the entire band is not made up of players.
When the Jester left the prison, the band was not reorganized and then the musicians decided to put together a group of their own, to perform songs they did not know. The first of these bands were mostly men and there was some outcry because some of the songs were sexist and not acceptable to the female prisoners in the prison.
The songs that are played inside the jail are meant to get the audience to sing along and to get them to feel good about their fellow inmates and the people they are serving time with. When some of the inmates knew the name of the singer that played the Jester, they would send him a note wishing him luck in jail and asking him to tell the prisoners about what he did in jail.