by Maria on June 27th, 2017

Back in October, one of our charter members, Don Pullyblank, died unexpectedly. A few months later, his older brother, Bob, died. Bob was never a member of Kelley's Heroes, but through his relationship with Don, he was always very supportive of everything we did, especially our parades. For many years, Bob was the announcer of the Caledonia Fire Department Parade. He was also the announcer for the Caledonia-Mumford Red Raider football team, so it was appropriate for is family to hold a memorial service on the football field.

We sat on the field along with the family and began the ceremony by playing God Bless the USA. During the ceremony, the microphone was available for anyone in attendance to speak. Arnie spoke about Bob's dedication to the Caledonia Fire Department Parade and about how Bob was always ready to assist with its organization. Later, Mary Catherine Hamilton spoke about one year when Bob had a family obligation that conflicted with the parade, and she was asked to fill in for Bob. She recalled how there were seemingly endless pages of comments to read as groups marched past the reviewing stand. Most people, spectators and marchers alike, don't realize how much work goes into organizing a parade. Don was known for playing Trumpet Voluntary at many local weddings, and it was one of Bob's favorites. Tim Kelley's son, Trevor, played it on the trumpet while his proud mother, Heidi, watched from the bleachers. We ended the ceremony by playing When the Saints Go Marching In, a favorite of both Don and Bob.

Marcia, who is Don's daughter and Bob's niece, plays clarinet with us. Other woodwinds were Irene on flute, Karen R. on clarinet, Margaret and Steve on alto sax, and Jack on tenor sax. Since we had no trombones, Cindy played the trombone part on alto sax. She had two musical friends visiting over the weekend, so she brought them, too. Tom played the 2nd trumpet part on a curved silver soprano sax and Jeannie played flute. For brass, Arnie played trumpet and Maria played sousaphone. For percussion, Scott M. played snare drum and Andy played bass drum.

None of the Benedicts could make it because they had a memorial service of their own to attend. Our condolences go to the Benedict family on the loss of their aunt.

We also had some good news. We won second place at the Spencerport FD Parade.

Our next event is the Penfield Independence Day Parade on July 1. See you there!

by Maria on June 15th, 2017

The summer weather finally arrived and it was hot. Thank goodness there was a good breeze!

Nancy from the Bergen Public Library always does a nice job coordinating our participation at this event. She greeted us at the end of the parade and made sure we had everything we needed to do our concert in the park. Thanks, Nancy!

Cindy came back! Marching band is a new experience for Cindy, and her first parade was Memorial Day. She and Margaret played alto sax and Jack played tenor sax. Jack lives in Bergen, and he had a good time being part of this hometown event. Tara was the only flute, and there were no clarinets.

We had four trumpets: Doug, Mike B., Karen L. and Scott W.. Scott W. was glad to be paying trumpet. He also plays snare drum, but he still had blisters from the Spencerport parade. Keenan played trombone. This was first event he's been able to make this season, and he sounded strong. Maria played sousaphone.

Scott M. played snare, Steve played bass drum and Andy played cymbals.

Our next event is a memorial service for Bob Pullyblank. Bob's brother, Don, who died last October, was one of our founding members. Bob was always very supportive of Kelley's Heroes, and his family invited us to be play a couple of songs during his memorial service on Saturday, June 24 at 11:00 am on the Caledonia-Mumford Central School football field. See you there!

by Maria on June 13th, 2017

The weather was perfect for a parade, and that brought out a huge crowd of spectators.

Most of our banner carriers are relatives of band members. This night, our banner carriers were Emma and TJ. Emma's sister plays flute and her mother plays trombone. TJ's father plays trumpet and his mother plays cymbals.

We had a whole row of clarinets: Mel, Marcia, Kim and Allie. Allie just finished her first year at Potsdam, and it was nice to have her back in the area to play with us. There were three flutes: Elise, Margaret and Sarah. Sarah marched with us for the Cal-Mum Youth Baseball Parade, but this was her first parade as an official member of Kelley's Heroes. Jack played tenor sax and Maria played alto sax.
On Memorial Day, we welcomed Sue, a new trombone player. Afterward, she commented that she was grateful that Art, one of our experienced trombone players had been marching behind her so that she could hear and follow him on the trombone part. Coincidentally, Sue's brother is also named Art, and he is also a trombone player. They played side by side through most of their school years, so it sounds very natural to say that the trombone section consisted of Sue and Art.

It was nice to see Karen L. on trumpet. It's been a while since she's been able to make an event. Doug and Tom J. filled out the rest of the trumpet section. Anya played baritone and Josh played sousaphone.

Scott M. and Don S. played snare drum, Andy played bass drum and Kristen played cymbals.
As we turn into the carnival grounds, it's tradition for our band to split and stand at the sides of the street to let the Clifton FD march through us while we play Colonel Bogey March. Then they do the same for us. Just as we were splitting, Tom J. stepped on Maria's heel and her shoe came off on the street.

Irene B. had to work, so she didn't make the parade. However, she was at the carnival grounds afterward with her dog, Loki. He is an adorable American Eskimo beagle mix.

We had some good news: Karen G. is getting married in September. Best wishes, Karen!

Our next event is the Bergen Park Festival this Saturday. See you there!

by Maria on June 13th, 2017

It was a comfortable evening, and the forecast called for a chance of thunderstorms, but everything was fine for the parade.

Jon carried one end of the banner with one hand and pulled a wagon with his younger son, AJ, with his other hand. His older son, James carried the other end of the banner with both hands.

Peyton marched along with our canine unit: Petunia and Attila.

Tara and Tracey played flute, and Kelly played clarinet. Jack played tenor sax and Maria played alto sax.

We had a whole row of trumpets: Doug. Mike B., Tom J. and Bob. There were no trombones, but Anya covered most of the trombone parts on the baritone horn. Josh, who graduated from York High School, played sousaphone.

Scott M. played snare drum; Andy played bass drum; Nancy and Kristen played cymbals.

Our next parade is the Spencerport Fire Department Parade on Thursday. See you there!

Update: We took first place for Best Drum Corps. The judges had some very nice comments about sounding good so early in the season.

by Maria on June 2nd, 2017

The weather reports all warned that there would be scattered showers on Memorial Day. Sure enough, just before the parade started, there was a brief downpour. Then the sun came out, and it became warm and humid. Not the most comfortable weather for marching, but certainly a worthy cause for a parade.

Angelina and James carried the banner. For this hometown parade, we invite family members to march along. Angelina's younger sister, Maddy, and James' younger brother, AJ, marched between the banner and the band. Peyton carried the American flag and Nikki carried a gun for the guard.

We welcomed two new members: Cindy on alto sax and Sue on trombone. We had some good news. Harold and Emily had a baby girl, Eva, last Friday. Don H. played his "new" acquisition: a 120-year-old helicon. It's a slightly smaller version of a sousaphone.

There was a whole row of flutes - Irene, Tracey, Tara and Elise - and a whole row of saxes: Margaret and Cindy on alto sax and Jack and Maria on tenor sax. Marcia and Kelly played clarinet.

It was nice to see Art up and about and playing trombone. This was his first parade since he broke his ankle back in March. Other trombones were Scott M. and Sue. Scott W. and Doug played trumpet.

Kevin played snare drum, and Steve played bass drum. Andy and Nancy played cymbals.

During the ceremony, we played Armed Forces Salute. Tyler played Taps and Scott W. provided the echo. Then Kelley's Heroes and the CMCS High School Band joined together and played The Star-Spangled Banner.

Our next event is the York Fie Department Parade this Friday, June 2. See you there!

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