St. Patrick’s Day Parade
San Francisco

Saturday, March 17

Fellow Bandperson:         March 6, 2018

EVENT REPORTS: We had a very good turnout at the Palo Alto Yule performance. The weather was fine and the assembled multitudes seemed to be impressed with our efforts. The Old Pro afterwards was excellent as well. A good time was had by all.

We also had a very good turnout at our opening of the year party or whatever it was on January 6 at the San Carlos American Legion Hall. We had great food and a lot of great music. Ours, of course. There are lots of photos on the band website, so check it out.

UP NEXT: Our first parade event of our 59th year is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco on Saturday, March 17 (it is on THE DAY itself). At this time we don’t know our starting position. It will probably be on Second Street, somewhere around Harrison or Folsom. We meet around 1100 hours (official formation time is 1030 hours). The parade actually starts at 1130. Check a few days before the parade for the actual starting spot. The parade ends up at the City Hall, as is its wont. We will perform rain or shine. Smiley will have his cell phone (number below), so you can check with him on site. Remember, inclement weather builds character and strong bodies eight ways. For train fans, you can take the #423 that leaves the Palo Alto station at 0912 and arrives in The City at 1022. It is half a mile from the train station to the starting spot, but if you want to take the bus instead of walking, take either the #45 or the #30 bus from the Caltrain Station at 4th and Townsend to 3rd and Harrison or Bryant and walk over to 2nd. Cash fare: $2.75 for adults, $1.35 for old farts (over 64) and young pip-squeaks (5 - 17) and free for under 5. Clipper card fare is a dime less than the above. You must have exact change (dollar bills OK) or a Clipper card. Some people take Bart from the Daily City station to the Montgomery Street station and it is about 5 blocks up the hill to the start. After the parade we’ll go to the joint down 9th where we have proceeded to for the last hundred years or so (Club 93, formerly John Bull’s). They will provide some food for us. We should mention that no matter what the weather, your management will go to the parade site. Last year we had good weather -- chilly but no rain. Let’s hope for fine weather this year. For the scoop on the SF transit see:

Be sure to wear a lot of green things - all the regular Irish kitsch is OK: 4-leaf clovers/shamrocks, hats, etc. Be creative!

We are allowed a maximum of one minute to perform before the judges stand, with a penalty if we exceed it. Basically, we just have to keep going and not stop since it takes about a minute for our troops to pass.

The tunes that we will play “for sure” are: It’s A Long Way to Tipperary, I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover, McNamara’s Band, My Wild Irish Rose, and When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. The judging stand tune will be Tipperary. Obviously, we will throw in a few of our regular tunes. Charts are available for all of these tunes (see the chart section way below).

Here is the annual lecture: We always have a problem with the group getting spread out. Try to stay in rows and columns and keep up with the rest of the band. Also, we have a problem with the major players being unable to hear each other. The order we have been using works fine. Here it is:

Drum Major
Brass, except Trumpets and Bass
Drums and Tubas
Beer Cart

And, as a special thing for me (the bass drum player), please don’t step in front of me whilst we are marching. I get shoved further and further back and end up a block away. Also, I will probably run over your foot.

Once we get around the last corner to City Hall the Drum Major will watch to see if the group ahead of us is taking too long with their performance - watch very carefully for signals to stop and/or start - but don’t hesitate to go forward if we have a clear stage! There are chalk marks on the street that indicate the performance area and we should follow the judging rules. We will keep playing and singing Tipperary until we are well clear of the reviewing zone.

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 April 1, 2018. Be there around 1631 (4:31 PM) to participate. If it is too cold and dark outside, we will perform inside.

NEW MEMBERS: No new members at this time.

INSTRUMENT DONATION STATUS FOR WILDFIRE VICTIMS: Patter and Penny Hatfield wish to thank Wild Bill Coggshall for taking an interest their effort to help out people who were affected by the fire storm in the North Bay. Bill contacted several journalists in the area and arranged an interview with Patter which appeared in the Palo Alto Daily Post. Over 300 instruments have been donated to date, most of which have been given to fire victims through the Santa Rosa Youth Orchestra and Play It Forward Music School. In one case, a young girl in the Youth Orchestra had lost everything in the fire and was given a full-size cello to continue her studies. In another case, a gentleman who lost several rare guitars was given an almost-identical “Les Paul” guitar to one he had lost. Both donors and recipients have been deeply touched.

Many instruments have been donated by LTWCMB members to date: flutes, clarinets, violins, Sousaphone, trumpets, trombones, 4&5 string banjos, and drums. Many thanks to Ronni, Cindy, Florence, Bob Brennan, Ptah, Vinny, Jack Ford, Patter and Penny. Your generosity has touched many hearts!

Patter and Penny are continuing their instrument collection for the fire victims; so, if you want to participate, it is not too late. Patter’s cell phone number is 650-704-3318.

ANNUAL DUES STATEMENT: Your annual dues statement will soon be arriving separately. This document also gives you the opportunity to update your record with a new cell phone number, street address, Party Line preference, and other contact info. Watch for it!

SPECIAL ITEM: Tired of this? I (Smiley) keep trying and keep hoping somebody will volunteer. 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 any other expenses) 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: “T-shirts will NOT be available at the parade, so if you need one be sure to e-mail ASAP to order by mail. I cannot guarantee delivery by the 17th at this point. Some sizes of the green shirt are still available and all sizes of the yellow shirt are available.”

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.

Sat 3/17, St. Patrick’s Day Parade in SF

Sat 4/21, LTWCMB Annual Rehearsal in Palo Alto

Sat 5/5, May Day Parade in Woodside

Sat 5/19, Pet Parade in Los Altos

Mon 5/28, Memorial Day Parade in Hillsborough

Wed 7/4, Independence Day Parade in Redwood City

Sun 8/5, Band Picnic in Huddart Park

Sat 9/29, Pet Parade in Burlingame

Sun 10/7, Italian Heritage Parade (Columbus Day) in The City

Sun 10/28, Halloween Parade in Burlingame

Sat 12/15, 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.

Smiley Nelson
Newsletter Editor

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