Annual Band Picnic
Huddart County Park
Sunday, July 28, 2019

Fellow Bandperson:               July 17, 2019

EVENT REPORT: We had a talented and enthusiastic bunch for the Redwood City Independence Day Parade and we had a good sound and were well received. The judges thought so, too. We were awarded First Place, Community Bands and Second Place, drum major. Thanks to all who participated! The after-parade events were great fun for those who survived the previous events.

UP NEXT: The annual band picnic will be our next event. It is one of the main social events of the year. It will be held on Sunday, July 28, in the Miwok Shelter Picnic Area of Huddart County Park (different than the last few years), starting around 1100 hours. There is a $6 fee at the gate for each auto, so car pools would be in order. Bring your own horseshoes (pits provided) and your own food (beer, soft drinks, and charcoal fires will be provided). As is our wont, the annual horseballs tournament, open to any and all picnic attendees, will be held. With a little luck, YOU could take the crown this year. In case you don't know where Kings Mountain Road is, you take 280 to the Woodside exit, take Woodside Road towards the mountain for a couple of miles and you will see the road and a sign for the Park. No animals allowed with the exception of party animals (we do qualify, but they let us in anyhow). According to the published rules, adult supervision is required (we do have difficulty with that one). Be there or be square. Uniforms are not required for the band picnic, but please bring your instruments (we always serenade the local fauna) and wear your ID button so we can all recognize each other in our civvies.

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: Yes, people, the end of the world was averted and the Alpine Inn Beer Garden (formerly Rossotti’s) will reopen in a few days. That means we can meet at the joint on Sunday, August 4, for Tuba Sunday. As usual, this is not just for tubas: all instruments are welcome. It is the first Sunday of the month. Be there around 1600 (4:00 PM) to participate.

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. 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.

T-SHIRTS: David sez: “T-shirts: All remaining sizes of shirts will be on hand. Green shirts are $20 and Men’s Small and Medium are available. All sizes of the yellow shirt are available, $10 each. There are a very few 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.

ID BUTTONS: Uniforms are not required at the picnic, so be sure to wear your ID Button, so we can recognize each other in our civvies! If you don’t have a button, notify before high noon on July 27 with the name you want on the button, and he will bring it to the picnic.

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: 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:

NOW HIRING: We currently have four “section leaders” for brass, woodwinds, percussion and auxillary. Now, we would like to add a “color guard” section to the band to improve our curb appeal and to more effectively use our members who don’t play traditional instruments. The new section would comprise our current banner carriers plus new flag carriers who would do simple (or complex) routines, just like a real color guard. If YOU have an interest in leading or joining an LTWCMB Color Guard section, let us know:

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.

Sun7/28Band Picnic in Huddart Park
Sat9/28Pet Parade in Burlingame
Sun10/13Italian Heritage Parade (Columbus Day) in The City
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.

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