Independence Day Parade
Redwood City
Thursday, July 4, 2019

Fellow Bandperson:            June 24, 2019

EVENT REPORTS: The Los Altos Pet Parade went very well. We had a good turnout. It was supposed to rain but the rain waited until the parade finished. The assembled multitudes thoroughly enjoyed our excellent performance. Those who went to Ptah’s house after enjoyed fine victuals and a fine time. Many thanks to Ptah for hosting.

The Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade was typical. We had a hearty, good-humored group to take on the challenge of whooping and hollering uphill past all those mansions. Looked like there were more spectators this year. Carpy led us excellently as he always does for this event. Many thanks to the intrepid souls who showed up for this event.

The new “first time” San Bruno Posy Parade was entertaining. Matt came through spectacularly as on-the-spot drum major. Also hanging in there, keyboardist Mark Robinson, who had never played bass drum in his life (and maybe will never want to again). Hundreds of pint-sized uniformed athletes squealing their team cheers. The posies on the band uniforms and sprouting out of instruments were well received. The group who attended Artichoke Joe’s casino for lunch after the parade thoroughly enjoyed themselves

UP NEXT: Our biggest event of every year, the Redwood City Independence Day Parade will take place on Thursday, July 4. We don’t know our starting position yet, so check the RSVP page for assembly point details and a handy map link for the day’s activities. The parade starts at Winslow and Marshall at 10:00 with our usual formation time of 0945 and ends at Arguello and Alden whenever.

We usually have around 60 bandpersons on hand for this event. We are truly something to behold and to behear, (I bet that you are tired of this line - maybe I will make up another some day, but not this year - again) especially when we play several tunes simultaneously (as is our wont). To avoid that it is very important that everyone passes the tune back when the drum major announces it. Another problem is that the band tends to get stretched out. Therefore, please try to stay together with some semblance of rows and columns. Once we were penalized for being out of step (everyone actually is in his/her own step -- how can we be out of step). After the parade and the usual milling around, we will do our fairly new usual entertaining at the Lawyer’s BBQ in the parking lot behind 600 Allerton. After they are tired of us we will head up to the American Legion hall in San Carlos. The post is on Laurel 100 feet after crossing Holly St. going north. The post address is 1159 Bush Street, San Carlos. (Take Holly St. exit west from 101, post is near corner of Holly St. and Laurel). There will be lots of stuff and a BBQ there starting at 1500 hours. We will no longer go to Bobby D’s. Too crowded. House Band. Not appreciated. Etc. We will be well appreciated at the post.

Those who need charts should have our patriotic stuff ready. The main ones that we will definitely play in the parade and after parade are:

BATTLE HYMN (Battle Hymn of the Republic)
CALIFORNIA (California Here I Come)
HAPPY DAYS (Happy Days Are Here Again)
MILITARY MEDLEY (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard)
STAR SPANGLED BANNER [our last tune - no vocal]
WALK RIGHT IN [our first tune]

After the parade:
AMERICA (America The Beautiful)
OVER THERE (Study the words - we usually get them wrong)

There are vocals for all except the Military Medley and Star Spangled Banner.

Several of our members like to attend the fireman's pancake breakfast before the parade. The web site for the event is:

Show up at 755 Marshall at 0730 hours or a bit later, and breakfast will be waiting for a mere $6. Good parking near there as well.

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:

NEW MEMBERS: Please give a hearty welcome to new members Lola Padilla, Sutton Edwards, and Terri Mullen who have recently joined the band!

DEPARTED: Nancy Wierenga passed away on June 6 after a long battle with cancer. Her cheerful demeanor will be missed and may she rest in peace. A celebration of life will be held on June 27, 11:00 am, St Matthias Catholic Church, 1685 Cordilleras Rd, Redwood City. A reception will follow the ceremony.

TUBA SUNDAY: It may be a while before we have Tuba Sunday at the Alpine Inn Beer Garden (formerly Rossotti's) again. The joint has been closed for several months (there are new owners and they are remodeling it - the work needed for a joint built in 1852 took a bit longer than they expected). It is currently hoping that the 15th of July will bring on “Happy Days Are Here Again”. Don’t count on it, however. We regulars are still having withdrawal symptoms. What was supposed to take about three weeks has taken a wee bit longer.

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 over.

T-SHIRTS: David sez: “Please pre-order T-Shirts if possible by July 3rd to I have the yellow shirts in all sizes ($10 each) and very limited sizes of the green shirts ($20 each.) I will bring a few extras the morning of the parade, but parking near the formation area is not always possible, so be ready to be flexible - pick up before or after the parade at some location to be determined. Delivery by mail is also possible if you get your order in before June 27, but I cannot guarantee delivery before the parade. E-mail for more details.”

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 .

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.

Thu7/4Independence Day Parade in Redwood City
Sun7/28Band Picnic in Huddart Park
Sat9/28Pet Parade in Burlingame
Sun10/6Italian 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.

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