by Maria on June 19th, 2018

It was another beautiful night, and that brought out a good crowd for the Hamlin Fire Department Parade. We were marching with our friends in the Kendall/East Battalion Fire Departments. For the past several years, this parade has been in August, and we have had a light turn-out. This year, the date was moved into June, and we had a big turn-out.

When we met for the carpool, some people thought we had a new member. It turned out to be Allie. She's been away at college, so we haven't seen her for a while. She looked very different because of her hair; we've never seen it so short.

Update: ​We also found Doug's Hat. It came up missing after the York FD Parade. It turned out Tara had picked it up. When she was getting ready for this parade, she realized that she had two hats. That mystery was solved and the hat was returned to Doug.

Margaret and Steve parked at the Tops Plaza, so they were the first to be on site at the beginning of the parade. Margaret went looking for the stake marking our place in the parade and couldn't find one. She asked one of the parade workers where we were, and they didn't have us on their list. Margaret made sure they added us to the line-up.

Anya got to Tops Plaza and realized she forgot her lyre. She considered holding her music while marching but decided to walk all the way back to her car parked at the carnival, get her lyre and walk all the way back. As she said, "I just love walking the parade route four times."

Our banner carriers were Sarah's sister, Emma, and Karen R.'s grandson, Gabe. We had a whole row of clarinets: Kelly, Karen R., Jodi and Allie. There were three flutes: Karen G., Tara and Sarah. Margaret played alto sax and Jack and Maria played tenor sax. For brass, we had Doug, Mike B., and Bob on trumpet, Zach on trombone, Anya on baritone, and Josh on tuba. For percussion, we had Scott M., on snare drum, Steve on bass drum, and Andy and Nancy on cymbals.

We've had good luck playing Ghost Riders in the judging area. With it, we took second place in York and tonight Irene informed us that we also took second place in Spencerport.

At the beer tent, we played Sing, Sing, Sing with the Hilton Generations Band. One of the veterans approached the Hilton Band and asked them to play the Army theme song, and they did. Not to be outdone, one of the Marines veterans approached us and asked for the Marines' Hymn. We decided we might as well play the entire Armed Forces Salute and make everyone happy. Thank you to all veterans for your service to our country.

Our next event is the Penfield Independence Day Parade on Saturday, June 30. See you there!

by Maria on June 16th, 2018

It was another nice day, warm but cloudy. That's good for all the outdoor events planned for this time of year: weddings, graduation parties and festivals. However, it creates a lot of conflicts for marching band attendance. We only had nine marchers, but all the parts were covered.

Margaret carried her alto sax and played the piccolo at the same time! Kelly played clarinet, Cindy played alto sax, and Maria played tenor sax. Jack played the trumpet part on his Midi wind instrument. Doug played the trumpet part on his trumpet, and Don H. played the sousaphone part on his helicon. Scott M. played snare drum and Steve played bass drum.

A major double track rail line goes through Bergen and the parade route crosses it. As we approached the tracks, the forward motion of the parade paused, leaving our back row - Scott M., Steve and Josh - standing on the tracks. When they told the front row to move up so they could get off the tracks, Margaret commented that Steve's life insurance was paid up.

After the parade, we played our concert at the pavilion in Hickory Park. It was cloudy enough that it was hard to see our music while standing under the pavilion. There was an easy fix: we just moved to stand in front of the pavilion to take advantage of more natural light.

Margaret wanted to play Cruella DeVille. For some reason Doug thought Cruella was a cat lady. Maria pointed out that Cruella was a dog lady, as in 101 Dalmatians. Instead of playing Cruella DeVille, we played a song about a cat - a really big cat named El Tigre. This made Don H. very happy. He pointed out that his part in the previous song only had four notes, but he had a good part to play in El Tigre.

Tyler stopped by during the concert. He recently had surgery and is looking forward to being cleared to march again. Get well soon, Tyler!

Our next event is the Hamlin Fire Department Parade on Friday. See you there!

by Maria on June 9th, 2018

It was another beautiful warm and sunny evening,. The Spencerport parade always draws a good crowd, especially when the weather is nice. We marched with our friends in the Clifton Fire Department.

We parked at the back of the Tops parking lot and walked the path on the old railroad bed to the beginning of the parade. Last year the path was overgrown with brush. This year, it looked like someone had recently run some machinery through to clear it. As as result, the path was strewn with large broken branches, and we really had to watch our step.

Even though we only had ten marchers, we sounded good. In the judging area, we played Ghost Riders. We had Sarah on flute, Margaret on alto sax, Maria on tenor sax, Doug and Mike B. on trumpet, Art and Sue on trombone, Josh on sousaphone, Scott M. on snare drum and Andy on bass drum.

Update: We took second place in Spencerport for playing Ghost Riders in the judging area.

The parade came to a halt while we were marching on Lyell Avenue. There was an empty lawn chair on the side of the street amid the spectators. Art strolled over, sat down and made himself comfortable. When the parade resumed, Art jumped back in place.

After the parade, we played a few tunes in the beer tent. One of the highlights of the evening was playing Land of 1000 Dances with The Mark Time Marchers and the Hilton Generations Band. The sound from over 30 musicians was amazing.

At our last parade in York, Doug's hat disappeared in the beer tent. Fortunately, one of his sons, Tim - who plays percussion with us, but couldn't make it tonight - lent his hat to Doug to wear for this parade. 

Update: We learned that we took second place in York.

Our next parade is the Bergen Park Festival on Saturday, June 10. We'll be marching in the parade and doing a concert afterward. See you there!

by Maria on June 5th, 2018

It was another hot hazy summer-like day with scattered showers. We were lucky that the strongest weather went east of us. However, it reminded those of us who have marched with Kelley's Heroes since the beginning that many years ago we marched a parade in York in spite of a tornado watch had been issued for Livingston County.

Thirty minutes before the parade started, Matt H. realized he had brought his Mark Time Marchers folio instead of his Kelley's Heroes folio. Maria had her car, so she drove him back to his car. They were lucky to catch the shuttle back to the the staging area.

Just as we started our warm-up, Tim realized that his snares weren't touching the head of the drum. Doug produced a pair of needle-nose pliers, and he, Tim and Scott M. had the drum fixed in a few minutes.

Nancy and Kristen carried the banner. Tom J. and Kristen's son, TJ, carried the American flag while Bob K. carried a rifle to guard it. Normally, Steve and Margaret bring all the color guard equipment to our parades, Tonight, they couldn't march because their daughters had a dance recital. Margaret dropped off the equipment at Maria's house. Maria put it in the car and brought it never noticing that there was no holster for the American flag. But TJ was a real trooper; he  carried the American flag without a holster. Later in the beer tent, TJ played cymbals. While we were playing in the beer tent, Doug put his hat on one of the picnic tables. By the time we were done playing, it was gone.

Update: Doug's hat was found! When Tara came to the Hamlin parade, she had two hats. and one of them was Doug's.

We had a whole row of low brass and a whole row of trumpets: Art, Scott M. and Zach on trombone, Anya on baritone, and Doug, Matt H., Tom J. and Bob on trumpet. Don H. played the tuba parts on his helicon.

Woodwinds included Tracey and Tara on flute, Kelly and Jodi on clarinet, Maria on alto sax and Jack on tenor sax.  Percussion included Don S. and Tim on snare drums and Andy and Jon on bass drums.

Update: We took second place at York for playing Ghost Riders in the judging area.

Our next event is the Spencerport Fire Department Parade on Thursday, June 7. See you there!

by Maria on May 29th, 2018

Most of May has had above average temperatures, and meteorologists have been comparing the weather to that of July. As expected, today was hot and sunny. Thank goodness Margaret and Steve filled a cooler with bottled water and dropped it off at the Legion before the parade.  It was nice to have something to drink after marching and before playing for the ceremony.

As spectators moved from the street to the Legion, Kelley's Heroes played Colonel Bogey March. During the ceremony, the High School Band under the direction of Matt Trost played You're a Grand Old Flag and Kelley's Heroes played Armed Forces Salute. After Jacob from the high school band played Taps, the combined bands played The Star-Spangled Banner and many spectators were inspired to sing along. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the combined bands played Battle Hymn Finale.


We welcomed Giovanna as a new member of color guard. She carried the rifle to guard the American flag, which was carried by Bob K. He has marched with us for several events, and we decided that it was time to change his status from "Tara's husband willing to help out" to member of the color guard. We also had two new banner carriers: Josh's daughter, Lilly, and her friend. Chloe.

We had TWO sousaphones, or more specifically Josh on sousaphone and Don H. on  helicon. Art and his trombone hopped in line just as we left the school driveway and turned onto North Main Street. He had to leave right after the parade to get back to Arbor Farms Greenhouse. Memorial Day is the big weekend for gardeners to buy and plant flowers. Other brass included Sue on trombone, and Scott W. and Arnie on trumpet.

It was nice to have Kevin playing snare drum and Nancy on cymbals. Scott M, also played snare drum, and Andy played bass drum. Jon, who usually plays bass drum, and Steve, who usually plays alto saxophone or occasionally bass drum, are coaches for Cal-Mum Youth Baseball teams. They both marched with their teams in this parade.

Woodwinds included Irene, Tracey and Tara on flute, Kelly on clarinet, Margaret and Cindy on alto saxophone and Maria on tenor saxophone.

Our next event is the York Fire Department Parade this Friday, June 1. See you there!

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