Fellow Bandperson: September 13, 2017
EVENT REPORT: We had a fine turnout at the annual band picnic. The weather was perfect, the groaning board was spectacular, and the tall tales were tall. There were even two birthday cakes for a lad whose birthday was not on that date. We had guests from as far away as Oregon (not that far away) and Texas (more far away). Harvey won the horse balls tourney. The fix must have been in. The only fly in the ointment (or some other saying) was that we ran out of beer.
UP NEXT: Dust off your rabbit ears for the Burlingame Pet Parade, to be held on Saturday, September 23! The assembly area will be the same as in past years, on Chula Vista Avenue, but the CalTrain parking lot is no longer available for parking. Our new parking area is known as the Post Office Lot, where the parking meters WILL NOT be enforced on Saturday morning. To get there from 101, take the Broadway exit, cross the train tracks (left lane), turn left on California, turn right on Carmelita, turn right on El Camino, turn right into the Chase Bank parking lot, through the bank lot into the Post Office lot. See the printable map here:
To insure a parking spot, try to park by 0900 or so, walk to the assembly area, and join your band buddies and other animals for a cool one before the parade starts at 1000.
After the pet parade, Carmen and Barry are graciously hosting a gathering at their home at 1205 Mefferd Avenue in San Mateo. See the band RSVP page for a pointer to the map to their house.
Those of us who are LSJU football fans will not have to miss anything, since the game starts at 1930 (7:30 PM) due to the wizards in charge of the coffers of the Pac 12 network.
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: 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 October 1. Be there around 1631 (4:31 PM) to participate.
NEW MEMBERS: We don’t have any new members to report this time. However, we certainly could use some younger members. We old farts who sort of form the core of the band have to be replaced some day. If anyone has any ideas about how to get some younger members, let us know.
SPECIAL ITEM once again: 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 but did do it for 30 years or so) 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.
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.
T-SHIRTS: David sez: "Let me know by email and I will bring your order to the event. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.