Annual Band Picnic
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Fellow Bandperson:          July 19, 2017

EVENT REPORT: The Redwood City Independence Day Parade went very well. As one of our bandpersons put it: “We were a stellar ensemble of crowd-pleasing patriotic talent.” We did such a fine job that we won three awards: (1) “Our American Heritage Award” -- $200; (2) “Community Band” Second Place -- $300; and (3) “Drum Major” Second Place -- Medal. It was a lovely day and the parade had a lot of stop and starts, which helps us last until the end. Also allows us to be more together and not spread out. Most of us went to the party with beer and food put on by some lawyers and had a fine time. After two sets for our lawyer friends, we went to the bar to serenade the denizens therein had a very good time as well. All told, a good time was had by all!

UP NEXT: The annual band picnic will be our next event. It is one of the main social events of the year. It will be held on Sunday, July 30, in the Oak Picnic Area of Huddart County Park (off of Kings Mountain Road up the hill from Woodside) starting around 1100 hours. There is a $6 fee for each auto, so car pools would be in order. Bring your own horseshoes (pits provided) and your own food (beer, soft drinks, and charcoal fires will be provided). As is our wont, the annual horseballs tournament, open to any and all picnic attendees, will be held. With a little luck, YOU could take the crown this year. In case you don’t know where Kings Mountain Road is, you take 280 to the Woodside exit, take Woodside Road towards the mountain for a couple of miles and you will see the road and a sign for the Park. No animals allowed with the exception of party animals (we do qualify, but they let us in anyhow). According to the published rules, adult supervision is required (we do have difficulty with that one). Be there or be square. Uniforms are not required for the band picnic, but please bring your instruments (we always serenade the local fauna) and wear your ID button so we can all recognize each other in our civvies.

UNIFORMS: As you all know, we all wear non-uniform uniforms. Our garb is what sets us appart from the usual marching bands. Therefore, everyone should try to have colorful uniforms. No street clothes. For some events, such as St. Pat’s, try to wear something that fits the occasion. For Redwood City, red, white, and blue works well.

RSVP: It is important that everyone RSVP for ALL band events so we can plan for the best possible experience for everyone. RSVP WHETHER OR NOT you are planning to show up. Your negative response is just as important as a positive one. Do it NOW, while you are thinking of it! RSVP HERE:

TUBA SUNDAY: Since it is now summertime, we will be having Tuba Sunday at the Alpine Beer Garden (formerly Rossotti’s). This is not just for tubas: all instruments are welcome. It is the first Sunday of the month. That means the next one is August 6. Be there around 1631 (4:31 PM) to participate.

NEW MEMBERS: We don’t have any new members to report this time, but the Annual Picnic is a great time to invite prospective players you know who might like to join the band. It is also a good opportunity for recently-joined members to get better acquainted with their fellow band members. So, bring along your musician friends for an afternoon of fun!

DEPARTED MEMBERS: We lost Rudy Horak in July. Rudy joined us in 1989 and was our primary banjo player in all those years. We will always miss Rudy.

SPECIAL ITEM: WE STILL NEED A NEW BEER KEG/CART PERSON (BIERMEISTER). This is a traditional, vital, and much beloved position. It does involve significant preparation and dedication. You would need a vehicle large enough for the cart, keg, and banner. You have to assemble this stuff and ensure you will be there and all that. It might be a good idea to have more than one person doing this job so one can do it if the other(s) can’t. Please contact Harvey or Smiley (who is the interim biermeister) if you are interested. Again, this is a traditional, well-loved, and vital position that keeps the band together, especially when we feel we can’t march another step. If anyone has a better idea such as lots of backpacks with our logo on them or BYOB with backpacks and such or some other way (drones?). It might take a large drone to carry a keg, however. I (Smiley) currently have everything in my truck, and if I can’t make it to a parade, a temporary meister could take the truck and do the duties. I would like to hear from any temporary volunteers.

T-SHIRTS: David sez: “I will bring a bunch of t-shirts to the picnic, some of all sizes currently available. $10 each for the yellow shirts, $20 for the green. Cash works best, but checks are OK.”

EVENT SUGGESTIONS: We are always looking for new ways to get together to share our musical talents with each other and with the public. Email Harvey or Smiley with your best ideas.

ID BUTTONS: Everyone is expected to wear his/her ID BUTTON for all events. If you have recently ordered one, see Harvey at the event to receive it. If it has been a long time since you ordered it, send him an email to be sure it is still available. If you don’t have one yet, email him with the exact name you want to appear on it, and it will be ready for you:

PARTY LINE: Consider joining our free, voluntary email list, allowing you to keep in touch with other band members. It can be used for any topics that may be of interest to band members, and even for carpooling to band events. We currently have 91 members on the list. To join or un-join, just send an email to

PHOTOS OF THE BAND: Many of you have taken photos at our various band events, and we’re sure you have some that are real knockouts! If you would be willing to share them, we would like to put them on the band website for all to enjoy. You can email them to, or contact us and and we can make other arrangements to transfer them. If they are numerous or large files, you can share them via DropBox

NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTIONS: If, from time to time, any of you have news items that would be of interest to our band members, send them in to Harvey or Smiley and we will include them in the next Newsletter. This could include notes for local gigs involving LTWCMB members.

FUTURE EVENTS: The list of future events follows. Detailed information on each event is normally sent out a few days before the event. Be sure to check the web site for late-breaking news.

Sun 7/30   Band Picnic in Huddart Park

Sat  9/23   Pet Parade in Burlingame

Sun 10/8   Columbus Day in The City

Sun 10/29  Halloween Parade in Burlingame

Sat  12/16   Annual Yule Concert in Palo Alto

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information call Harvey at 650-321-7788 or Smiley at 650-269-7542. E-mail addresses are or

ADDRESS CORRECTIONS: For address corrections contact Jim Harvey, 960 Cotton Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025 or phone or e-mail Harvey or Smiley.

CHARTS ON THE WEB: Thanks to our chartmaster, Chris Quinn, we have a good collection of charts available. You may have to enter a name/password to view the charts on the website (, so just enter “charts” for both the name and password.

LYRICS: Note that the words to almost all of the songs are in a pdf file on the web site. If some are missing or incorrect let Smiley know and we will update the web site. There is a short one with just the lyrics we sing and a long one with with more stuff. The short one is a pdf file with a table of contents that points to the tunes (some pdf readers will go directly to the words if you click the toc item). Put it on your handheld device and sing the tunes more or less correctly.


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