Annual Yule Concert
Saturday, December 14, 2019


LTWCMB 60th Anniversary Party
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Fellow Bandperson:                 December 4, 2019

EVENT REPORT: We had a good turnout for the Italian Heritage Parade (formerly Columbus Day Parade). It was a very fine day, lots of Blue Angels overhead, and we won a cash prize. As Harvey said: “We won Third Place in the “Independent Band” category (we certainly wouldn’t want to be “dependent,” would we?) for a cool $400!”. As usual, it was a grueling sprint through The Wharf and trudge up the hill. We had enthusiastic fans all along the way. The after parade group fully enjoyed the Green Street pubs for cocktails, luncheon, and the usual hanging out.

UP NEXT: Our final event of the year will be the annual Yule Concert in Lytton Plaza in Palto (sic - fun to do) Alto (University and Emerson - by the pizza joint). This will occur Saturday, December 14, 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. We can hang out under the Stanford Theatre marquee. After the concert, 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.

EXTRA SPECIAL EVENT: On January 4 we will be holding our giant gala 60th band birthday party at the American Legion Hall in San Carlos. Below is the recently crafted announcement.

“Come One, Come All” to our Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band's 60th anniversary party. It will be held on Saturday, January 4 starting at 6 pm at the American Legion Hall in San Carlos. It will be a great time to dress up in the style of classy, upper crust finery to party and celebrate with your fellow band members. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a wonderful gourmet dinner accompanied by wine, dessert, speechifying, and fine entertainment by the best band in Northern CA, so bring your instruments. “Come one, come all. It will be a ball!”

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. The RSVP site includes the party and has address for checks and for the party. Do it NOW, while you are thinking of it! RSVP HERE:

TUBA SUNDAY: Zott’s is open and waiting for us. As usual, this is not just for tubas: all instruments are welcome. It is the first Sunday of the month. Be there around 1530 (3:30 PM) on December 8 (this month we postponed it to the 8th) to participate. Parking may be a problem since the joint is packed all the time these days.

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 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.”

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:

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.

Sat12/14Annual Yule Concert in Palo Alto
Sat1/4/20LTWCMB 60th Anniversary 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.

Don (Smiley) Nelson
Newsletter Editor