Fellow Bandperson: April 21, 2021
EVENT REPORT: 2020 was a tough year for everybody. We band persons had only one event - the 60th Anniversary Party in January. We had 80 attendees, a sit-down dinner, lots of home-made music and a wonderful evening to remember. 2021 has been void so far, but we are back in business!
UP NEXT: The Annual Rehearsal will actually be held this year. We have decided that almost all of us (at least the regulars) have been vaccinated and it should be safe for us. Masks should be brought and we will attempt some “social distancing”. Cindy checked with the authorities and there is no official problem with us gathering as long as we don’t scare the horses. The rehearsal will be held at Cindy Costell's house, 3518 Waverley, Palo Alto (the cross street is East Meadow), (phone: (650) 494-1794), on Saturday, May 1, from 1 to 4. As is our wont, we will have a great afternoon polishing up our tunes and maybe even learning a new one (somewhat unlikely as always)! Beer will be furnished. If you want wine, whiskey, or other drink, bring your own. You are welcome to bring your favorite springtime treats. Cindy also hints that there will be a First-Ever Special Activity, once we have enough attendees and everyone has savored a brew or two. What could that mean? Who knows?
We traditionally present the following message from our beloved departed member, Jack Haderle, and it always retains its importance: “As you know, missing a rehearsal is a blow to the rest of the orchestra. Not only does it dampen their spirit and cause gaps in the confidence level, the artistry suffers - indeed, the very fiber of the orchestra is threatened. That razor sharp edge, only achieved by years of constant and continuous dedicated practice; that inter- and intra- harmonic balance between highly skilled artists playing together and striving for the ultimate perfect blend of tones and subtle musical nuances; that vulnerable apex, when once achieved - all of it is threatened when less than 100% of participation and wild-eyed enthusiasm is not rigidly maintained.”
The rehearsal is a good opportunity to bring *musical* friends along, who might be interested in joining the band. Remember, charts and words to the tunes are available on the web. These are not only for existing members to learn the tunes, but for new prospects to become familiar with our repertoire before the rehearsal.
UP AFTER REHEARSAL: The Los Altos Pet Parade will be held on May 15. It will be quite unusual for us this year. We will be stationary with the parade entrants going by in vehicles. No marching this time. Other than the time (1000 to 1100 hours) the details are not known at this time, but will be on our RSVP page in time for our participation. As usual, we will play “Doggie in the Window” and our other hit tunes. Ronni Haderle kindly volunteered to host us after the parade at her house in Los Altos Hills. She said there will be sausages on the BBQ. The address is 10605 Berkshire Dr. Los Altos Hills and the phone is 650-949-5345. Bring a munchie to share -- beer will be provided.
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. RSVP HERE:
TUBA SUNDAY: Alas. We are no longer allowed to play at Zott’s. A combination of new owners and complaining neighbors. After around 60 years of playing there now and then it is all over.
ANNUAL DUES STATEMENT: Please review the recent Roster Update and Dues Statement you received, update your info, and send in your dues, if applicable. Thanks for your cooperation.
DEPARTED MEMBERS: We lost a few members in 2020 and 2021. Jack Haderle, our trombone player and master musician has gone to the band in the sky. Jack will be missed by all of us. We also lost Max Capestany, sax player, who joined us in 2004, and Gene Maurice, trumpet player extraordinary, who joined us in 1989. They will all be missed.
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.
T-SHIRTS: David sez: Send requests to email@example.com and David will bring the items to the event. Also mail order is possible. Green shirts are $20 but only Men’s Small and Medium are available. All sizes of the yellow shirt are available, $10 each. There are a very few old design White shirts in Child sizes, $5 each. Cash money is preferable but checks are OK - sorry, no Bitcoin, Smartphone, or other E-Commerce payments. There will be a special super bargain sale on T-Shirts at the Annual Rehearsal, so please hold your orders until that day. Also, there are a limited number of 60th Anniversary badges that will be available for $10 each at the rehearsal.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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 5/1/21 Annual Rehearsal - Palo Alto
Sat 5/15/21 Los Altos Pet Parade
Sun 7/25/21 Annual Band Picnic - Huddart Park
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 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 (https://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.
Don (Smiley) Nelson