Columbus Day Parade
aka Italian Heritage Parade

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Fellow Bandperson:               September 29, 2021

EVENT REPORT: The band picnic had a smaller turnout than usual, but those of us who did attend had a fine time. I must admit that I (Smiley) screwed up the directions in the last newsletter, but it worked out OK. This was our first time in the Redwood area and many liked it better than the Oak area we used for many years. More sylvan and shadier. There was no horse balls tournament due to not enough players. Our musical endeavors went very well. We were not bothered by mountain lions or other dangerous fauna, so they were obviously musical critics. The weather was perfect, the victuals were all quite grand, and a good time was had by all. For those who missed the picnic, or for those who want to remember it, check out John Dovano’s video of the event:

UPCOMING EVENT: The annual Italian Heritage Parade (formerly Columbus Day Parade and at one time Indigenous Peoples Parade) takes place on Sunday, October 10. At this time we don’t know the unit number or the starting spot. For full details of the Columbus Day Parade, including our unit number and formation spot, see the RSVP page. The parade starts at 1230 hours sharp, so we should all be in position around 1130 hours. Remember that this is concurrent with Fleet Week and there will be snarled traffic and big crowds. The parade follows the regular route along the wharf area and eventually up Columbus, affectionately known as the death march. Note that parking is almost impossible around North Beach and the wharf. You might park somewhere on the Embarcadero and take the F line to the wharf (it goes between Market and the wharf along Embarcadero). If you take the train, take the easiest thing to Market and then the F line which goes directly from the train to a block from our formation area. The E line is suspended right now. Use your Clipper card ($2.50), or fare for the muni is $3.00 (exact change - 1$ bills OK) for adults or $1.50 (exact change) for those over 65. Kids 18 and under free). All of this public transportation requires wearing a mask. You can also reserve a parking spot via Spothero. The price varies from around $12 to $30 or so. You have to use the web site:

Since I usually goof up the Muni stuff, you can call them at 415 673-6864, or 311 if you are in The City -- it is a free call. Or, check on line at

The Italian Heritage parade is one of our three big parades of the year, so we will be trying to establish a little more order to our marching formation for these big parades. The goal is to improve communication within our band, and to allow the melody instruments to be heard by others. The marching order we will adopt is the following: banner, twirlers, drum major, trombones, brass (except trumpets and bass), woodwinds, trumpets, drums and tuba, auxiliary, and beer cart. Try to remain close together and not spread out. I don’t know why I bother with this since we never follow these instructions, but you can’t flout tradition.

After the parade we will do our patented North Beach saloon tour, so get those lips in shape. We will once again attempt to play our special Columbus Day tune ("Mr. Christofer Columbus"), even though we usually screw it up or forget to do it.

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:

DEPARTED MEMBERS: We lost two members over the last couple of months. Patti Harvey, our beloved baton twirler for 48 years, passed away on August 13. Her crowd-pleasing personality and the many friendships she shared will be long remembered. Brian “Squeezer” McBride, accordion and trumpet player for 33 years, passed away on August 19. His animated style and mastery of many instruments were enjoyed by all of us over the years.

SPECIAL ITEM: I (Smiley) give up on asking someone to be the biermeister. I shall carry on until I perish. Meanwhile, I would like to thank those who assist me in assembling the stuff at the events. And, I would certainly be pleased if someone would volunteer to take it all over. 20 or more years is a long time to do this. Especially for an old fart like me.

The “LTWCMB SAGA” BOOK: A group of us is diligently working on a book about the band. It will hopefully be a real live published book (self - published). It will consist of a general history, a lot of stories, a list by each year of the events for that year and comments on interesting stuff that may have occurred at the event, and a listing of the names and instruments of everyone who has ever been a member. Some who joined one month and quit a month later are not included. That list is up to 600 names and counting. The publishing committee is Bill “Wild Bill” Coggshall, Cindy Costell (secretary), Jim Harvey, Don “Smiley” Nelson (editor), Ronni Haderle, and David Richoux. Any ideas or tales are welcome. If you want to view the work in progress let Smiley ( know and you will get a pdf file via email.

T-SHIRTS: David sez: “Unfortunately David will not be able to attend the parade and festivities in person this year, so anyone needing Band Shirts please contact him  at to make other arrangements. The special bargain price of FREE is still in effect, but postage and handling charges may be incurred. Not all sizes in all designs are available. Your mileage may vary. Close cover before striking.”

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.

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 around 90 members on the list. To join or un-join, just send an email to

PHOTOS OF THE BAND: We are always looking for photos and video clips of the band! If you have some that you would like to share, we have a new, easy way to send them to us via your Internet browser, rather than the through the email system with its attendant file-size restrictions. So, from your computer, just use this link:

If you use an iPhone, the size limit for an email is 25 MB, but if you use iMessage the size limit is 100 MB per message.

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 10/10/21 Italian Heritage Parade - San Francisco

Sat 12/11/21 Annual Yuletide Concert - Palo Alto

Sat 1/8/22 LTWCMB New Year’s Party - San Carlos

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.

Don (Smiley) Nelson
Newsletter Editor