Fellow Bandperson: December 5, 2018
EVENT REPORT: The Burlingame Pet parade was great fun, as usual. We had a fine group and managed the figure 8 parade route without running into anyone. The various fauna on hand seemed to enjoy our performances. The gathering at Diane (Carmen) and Barry’s after the parade was awesome (I had to use that word somewhere). Excellent victuals and plenty of beer. We thank them heartedly for hosting us.
SECOND EVENT REPORT: The San Francisco Italian Heritage Festival (Columbus Day) Parade was quite successful. The weather was perfect, the Blue Angels flying overhead were spectacular, and we had a good turnout. The assembled multitudes were in awe over our dulcet tones and quite excited on our way through the North Beach corridor. Unfortunately, my (Smiley) bass drum cart had a malfunction and the drum kept falling off. I had to withdraw about half way through the parade. In spite of this, we performed very well at the end and were awarded second place. Also of note, the beer held out even past our sojourn on Green Street after the parade.
UP NEXT: Our final event of the year will be the annual Yule Concert in Lytton Plaza in Palto (sic) Alto (University and Emerson - by the pizza joint). This will occur Saturday, December 15, 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. 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.
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. It will be held on Sunday, January 6. It is the first Sunday of the month. Be there around 1600 (4:00 PM) to participate. This is not just for tubas: all instruments are welcome.
NEW MEMBERS: Please give a hearty welcome to new member Gary “Rudedog” Rude, a friend of Delightful Debbie.
SPECIAL ITEM: I (Smiley) give up on asking someone to be the beermeister. I shall carry on until I perish. Meanwhile, I would like to thank those who assist me in assembling the stuff at the events.
T-SHIRTS: David sez: “Can bring shirts by special request, e-mail Tubaman@tubatoast.com to order. Limited size availability for the green shirts, plenty of the yellow!”
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 12/15, Annual Yule Concert in Palo Alto
Below are the possible 2019 events.
Known and fixed dates for 2019:
May Day Parade in Woodside
Pet Parade in Los Altos
Memorial Day Parade in Hillsborough
Independence Day Parade in Redwood City
Annual Yule Concert in Palo Alto
Dates that are subject to change and are not known:
St. Patrick’s Day Parade -- May be changed to the day itself 3/17 or stay Saturday 3/16
Annual rehearsal in ??
Band picnic in Huddart Park -- Either end of July or beginning of August
Pet Parade in Burlingame -- date tentative, probably 9/28
Italian Heritage Parade (Cplumbus Day) in The City -- date tentative, probably 10/9
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