Fellow Bandperson: September 20, 2018
EVENT REPORT: The band picnic was a fine event as it always has been. We had a good group attending, the weather was perfect, and the yellow jackets were sparse. A goodly group of victuals were assembled and our concert for the local fauna was rather nice. The keg ran out just as the event ended (it is not clear whether the two are related). The perpetual horseballs trophy was passed from Jim Harvey to Doug Anderson after a close finish. A good time was had by all. The only slight problem was that I (Smiley) goofed up the reservation and the rangers and I had to make an arrangement to save the area. It worked out to everyone’s satisfaction.
UP NEXT: Two events are covered in this newsletter. First is the Burlingame pet parade. Dust off your bunny ears for the Burlingame Pet Parade, to be held on Saturday, September 29! The assembly area will be the same as in past years, on Chula Vista Avenue. The parking area is known as the Post Office Lot, where the parking meters WILL NOT be enforced on Saturday morning. To get there from 101, take the Broadway exit, cross the train tracks (left lane), turn left on California, turn right on Carmelita, turn right on El Camino, turn right into the Chase Bank parking lot, through the bank lot into the Post Office lot. See the printable map here:
To insure a parking spot, try to park by 0900 or so, walk to the assembly area, and join your band buddies and other fauna for a cool one before the parade starts at 1000.
After the pet parade, Carmen and Barry are graciously hosting a gathering at their home at 1205 Mefferd Avenue in San Mateo. See the band RSVP page for a pointer to the map to their house.
EVENT TWO: The second event (the following week) is the The annual Italian Heritage Festival Parade (formerly Columbus Day Parade) takes place on Sunday, October 7. At this time we don’t know the unit number or the starting spot. The details will be added to the RSVP page when they are available. The parade starts at 1230 hours sharp, so we should all be in position around 1130 hours. Remember that this is concurrent with Fleet Week and there will be snarled traffic and big crowds. The parade follows the regular route along the wharf area and eventually up Columbus "affectionately known as the death march". Note that parking is almost impossible around North Beach and the wharf. You might park somewhere on the Embarcadero and take the E line to the wharf (it goes between Market and the wharf along Embarcadero). Or, if you take the train take the E line which goes directly from the train to a block from our formation area. Fare for the muni is $2.75 (exact change - 1$ bills OK) for adults or $1.25 (exact change) for those 65 and over or 5-18. Kids 4 and under free). Clipper cards work on muni. After the parade we will do our patented North Beach saloon tour, so get those lips in shape. We will once again attempt to play our special Columbus Day tune ("Mr. Christofer Columbus"), even though we usually screw it up or forget to do it.
Since I usually goof up the Muni stuff, you can call them at 415 673-6864, or 311 if you are in The City -- it is a free call. Or, check on line at
The Italian Heritage Festival parade is one of our three big parades of the year, so we will be trying to establish a little more order to our marching formation for these big parades. The goal is to improve communication within our band, and to allow the melody instruments to be heard by others. The marching order we will adopt is the following: banner, twirlers, drum major, trombones, brass (except trumpets and bass), woodwinds, trumpets, drums and tuba, auxiliary, and beer cart. Try to remain close together and not spread out.
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 not be having Tuba Sunday at the Alpine Beer Garden (formerly Rossotti's) next month because the parade is on the same day. It will be held the following Sunday, October 14. Normally, it is the first Sunday of the month. Be there around 1630 (4:30 PM) to participate. This is not just for tubas: all instruments are welcome.
NEW MEMBERS: There are no new members at this time.
DEPARTED: Long-time band member Jack Birkholz (tuba, trombone) passed away on August 22. Jack joined the band in 1987, and was loved by his fellow band members. He was a fine tuba/trombone player with a wonderful sense of humor. We all miss him very much.
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: “I am not certain if I will be at either parade at this point. People who want to order shirts should e-mail me and I can send by mail. Tubaman@tubatoast.com”
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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 9/29 Pet Parade in Burlingame
Sun 10/7 Italian Heritage Parade (Columbus Day or perhaps Indigenous Peoples Day or something else by that time) in The City
Sun 10/28 Halloween Parade in Burlingame
Sat 12/15 Annual Yule Concert in Palo Alto
FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information call Harvey at 650-321-7788 or Smiley at 650-269-7542. E-mail addresses are firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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