The Annual Band Rehearsal
Palo Alto

Saturday, April 21

Fellow Bandperson:         April 11, 2018

EVENT REPORT: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade was quite successful. We had a reasonable turnout despite the prediction of bad weather. It was chilly at times, but no rain. The assembled multitudes seemed to thoroughly enjoy our performances. We were especially good for the reviewing stand. We managed to get third place in whatever category for our endeavours. Those of us who traveled to Club 93 had a fine time, good food, and good music (provided by us). We did have beer left over. An unusual occurrence for our fine group.

UP NEXT: This year we will have the annual rehearsal (or dandelion stomp) at Cindy Costell’s house, 3518 Waverley, Palo Alto (the cross street is East Meadow), (phone: (650) 494-1794), on Saturday, April 21, from 1 to 4. To get there: approaching from SF on 101, take the Oregon Expressway exit, drive through about 6 traffic lights to Waverley, turn left, and drive 1 1/4 miles; approaching from San Jose on 101, exit at San Antonio Road, turn right on Charleston, right on Middlefield, left on East Meadow, past two schools, and right on Waverley. Destination is two houses away from East Meadow; and from Central Expwy / Alma, exit east, onto East Meadow, turn left at first light (Waverley) and go two houses from the corner. As is our wont, we will have a great afternoon polishing up our tunes and maybe even learning a new one (somewhat unlikely as always)! Beer will be furnished. If you want wine, whiskey, or other drink, bring your own. You are welcome to bring your favorite springtime treats. A small BBQ will be on hand. We traditionally present the following message from Jack Haderle, and it always retains its importance: “As you know, missing a rehearsal is a blow to the rest of the orchestra. Not only does it dampen their spirit and cause gaps in the confidence level, the artistry suffers - indeed, the very fiber of the orchestra is threatened. That razor sharp edge, only achieved by years of constant and continuous dedicated practice; that inter- and intra- harmonic balance between highly skilled artists playing together and striving for the ultimate perfect blend of tones and subtle musical nuances; that vulnerable apex, when once achieved - all of it is threatened when less than 100% of participation and wild-eyed enthusiasm is not rigidly maintained.”

The rehearsal is a good opportunity to bring *musical* friends along, who might be interested in joining the band.

Remember, charts and words to the tunes are available on the web. These are not only for existing members to learn the tunes, but for new prospects to become familiar with our repertoire before the rehearsal. By the way, we do need some new younger prospects!

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. This is not just for tubas: all instruments are welcome. It is the first Sunday of the month. That means the next one is May 6, 2018. Be there around 1631 (4:31 PM) to participate. If it is too cold and dark outside, we will perform inside.

Ronni says: “Last Sunday we had a lovely afternoon at the garden (Zott’s). We played to an adoring crowd, and the music was well received by all. We joined in with another two musicians afterwards for more lovely music. Hopefully we’ll see you all at the next Tuba Sunday!”

NEW MEMBERS: No new members at this time. We definitely need some younger members (that is - younger than most of us old farts who have been doing this for 50+ years). If you know any recent college graduates or any other age who would like to participate, bring them along.

SPECIAL ITEM: Tired of this? I (Smiley) keep trying and keep hoping somebody will volunteer. No More Beer Cart? This could happen. Our current Biermeister (Smiley) can’t continue much longer. Don’t you always look for that colorful umbrella when you approach to play at an event? Love the camaraderie around the cart? If you have a van or pickup, please step up, to procure the keg (you’re reimbursed and any other expenses) and deliver the cart, to save our beloved, unique, 50 year old tradition. Everyone will love you, and people always pitch in with unloading and re-loading. Please contact Harvey at 650-321-7788 or Smiley at 650-269-7542. Thank you so much.

T-SHIRTS: David sez: “T-Shirts of all sizes (in the yellow version) and some limited sizes for the Green version will be on hand for sale at the rehearsal. If you have tiny children/grandchildren there are even a few very small shirts from decades ago! (Or you could cut the logo out and use it as a badge or something)

$10 for the yellow shirts, $20 for the green, and just $5 for the tiny shirts! Cash or Checks are fine, no credit cards or electronic web payments - sorry.”

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: 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, 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

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  4/21   LTWCMB Annual Rehearsal in Palo Alto

Sat  5/5     May Day Parade in Woodside

Sat   5/19   Pet Parade in Los Altos

Mon 5/28   Memorial Day Parade in Hillsborough

Wed 7/4     Independence Day Parade in Redwood City

Sun  8/5    Band Picnic in Huddart Park

Sat  9/29   Pet Parade in Burlingame

Sun  10/7  Italian Heritage Parade (Columbus Day) 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 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.

Smiley Nelson
Newsletter Editor

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