Halloween Parade

Sunday, October 29

Fellow Bandperson:          October 18, 2017

EVENT REPORT: The Italian Heritage Festival (Columbus Day) parade went very well. It was a beautiful day with the dulcet tones of the Blue Angles filling the air. We had a good turnout and performed quite well (most of the time). As usual, after our grueling march up Columbus from The Wharf, we were enthusiastically welcomed in North Beach by the assembled multitudes in front of the joints on Stockton. We played extremely well in front of the judging stand and were awarded third prize (big bucks) in the Independent/Pipe Band category. After the parade, as is our wont, we hung out and worked on the beer keg at the disbanding area and then several of us headed up to Green Street. Although our usual spot for lunch (Gigi’s) was closed for the day, we were welcomed by Belle Cora, across the street. They had a paid trio playing in front, so it didn’t take long for a few of us to join in for a nice sound. When the group took a break, even more of us stepped up. Also, the Belle Cora owner is a juggler, so Ross was especially welcome. Finally, they served German food (in the heart of North Beach!) featuring those big, soft, salty pretzels! Several of us sat around the joint and worked on the beer keg. There was a mild panic when I (Smiley) had to remove the tap to take it home, but several stalwarts commandeered every vessel that could be found to drain almost all of the remainder. A fine day and a good time was had by all.

UP NEXT: It is that spooky time of year again, where the band gets costumed kiddies fired up for trick or treating merchants in Burlingame. The "parade" is on Sunday, October 29. We will meet in Washington Park, behind the tennis courts, at 1030 hours sharp for complimentary coffee and doughnuts and to observe the kiddies in their best Halloween finery. Be ready to play by 1045 hours. We will attempt a Halloween tune (if we know one) to set the mood. There will be lots of photo opportunities! For early arrivals, there will be parking available in the parking lot in the park itself on Burlingame Avenue at Myrtle Road. The park is directly across the street from the Burlingame CalTrain station if you wish to ride the rails. Check Google Maps (satellite view) for many other parking options in and around the park. We play until 1130 hours and then lead the kiddies across California Drive. When the last small person crosses the street we are done and can repair to the Steelhead Brewery for a no-host luncheon on the patio. The Steelhead Brewery (including their parking lot in the rear) opens at 1130 hours, and is located at 333 California Drive, near Burlingame Avenue. This rather short march should please the geriatric amongst us. This is our last real parade of the year, so be there, or be square! See the RSVP notice for map links.

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:


UNIFORMS: Halloween uniforms: Be clever! Since we sort of dress for Halloween all of the time, think of something completely different.

TUBA SUNDAY: We will be having Tuba Sunday at the Alpine Beer Garden (formerly Rossotti's) next month. This is not just for tubas: all instruments are welcome. It is the first Sunday of the month. That means the next one is November 5. Be there around 1631 (4:31 PM) to participate.

SPECIAL EVENT: We have added a New Year's Party to our calendar to brighten the dark days of winter for our band members! Planning for the party has just begun, so if you have some good ideas or would like to help out, just send a message to the Party Line: party@ltwcmb.com

NEW MEMBERS: Please give a hearty welcome to new member Kathie Wiegant (tambourine).

SPECIAL ITEM: No More Beer Cart? This could happen. Our current Biermeister (Smiley) can’t continue much longer. Don’t you always look for that colorful umbrella when you approach to play at an event? Love the camaraderie around the cart? If you have a van or pickup, please step up, to procure the keg (you’re reimbursed) and deliver the cart, to save our beloved, unique, 50 year old tradition. Everyone will love you, and people always pitch in with unloading and re-loading. Please contact Harvey at 650-321-7788 or Smiley at 650-269-7542. Thank you so much.

T-SHIRTS: David sez: "I will not bring shirts to the event. You will have to order by email (tubaman@tubatoast.com) if you want one. Yellow shirts have all sizes available, green shirts have limited sizes. $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 subscribe@ltwcmb.com.

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 jimharvey@jimharvey.org, 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 jimharvey@jimharvey.org.

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  10/29   Halloween Parade in Burlingame
Sat   12/16   Annual Yule Concert in Palo Alto
Sat   1/6/18  New Year's Party

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information call Harvey at 650-321-7788 or Smiley at 650-269-7542. E-mail addresses are jimharvey@jimharvey.org or donfnelson@earthlink.net.

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 (http://ltwcmb.com/charts), 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.

Smiley Nelson
Newsletter Editor


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