Annual Yule Concert
Palo Alto

Saturday, December 16

Fellow Bandperson:         December 6, 2017

EVENT REPORT: The Burlingame Halloween Parade went very well. We had a good group and the kiddies and others enjoyed our dulcet tones. It was a fine day and everyone had a good time. The gathering at the Steelhead afterward was enjoyed as well.<br> <br> UP NEXT: Our final event of the year will be the annual Yule Concert in Lytton Plaza in Palto Alto (University and Emerson - by the pizza joint). This will occur Saturday, December 16, from 1PM to 3PM. Band books with the charts for the tunes (the normal Yuleish tunes) will be provided for the instruments and caroling books will be provided for the singers. The on line charts now include “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Rudolph”. Bring your reading glasses and your ear muffs. Remember, no percussion. This is for brass, reeds, and the like. You must be able to read charts. All who are not playing are encouraged to come along and sing. Regular band costumes are out. Warm yule duds are in -- preferably Dickens type garb. Don’t be discouraged if the weather is inclement because we can hang out under the Stanford Theatre marquee. Afterwards we will repair to Old Pro’s a block away. It is huge, very light, sometimes very noisy (if an important game is on the TV) etc.<br> <br> 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:<br> <br>
<br> UNIFORMS: Regular uniforms are out. Yuletide duds are in. It may be cold, so be sure you are warm enough.<br> <br> 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 January 7, 2018. Be there around 1631 (4:31 PM) to participate. If it is too cold and dark outside, we will perform inside.<br> <br> SPECIAL EVENT: The 2018 New Year’s party planning committee (2NYPPC) is working hard to plan a fine event for January 6, 2018. The party will be held again at the San Carlos American Legion Hall. There will be drinks, wine, hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet and dessert. Bring your instruments in order to provide our own unique entertainment after dinner. Dress code will be formal or semi-formal attire with the usual LTWCMB avant garde creative touches. Add the date to your calendars and expect to receive an invitation email that details the price, where to rsvp, and where send your checks.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> T-SHIRTS: David sez: “I will not be bringing t-shirts except by special request - send e-mail orders to all sizes of the yellow shirt are available, limited selection of sizes for the green shirt.”<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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:<br> <br>

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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 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 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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