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!

by Maria on May 30th, 2017

The forecast called for a scattered showers, but they held off and it was cool and cloudy for the parade. That's not a bad thing for marching, or for the spectators, either. There was a good crowd for the parade.

Tara's son, Peyton, and husband, Bob, carried the banner. We were right behind one of the school bands. After we played a couple of songs, their band director came to Bob and Peyton and asked them to increase our following distance because they were having trouble hearing themselves.

None of our trombones could make it, so Jack and Maria on tenor sax and Anya on baritone horn did their best to cover the part. When we played Seventy-Six Trombones, Anya carried the melody on the baritone horn. The trumpets were strong with Mike W., Bob and Matt H.; Josh played sousaphone.

Tara was the only flute, Marcia and Mel played clarinet and Margaret played alto sax. Steve played bass drum so Andy could play cymbals. Scott and Don played snare, and Theresa played bells.

Our next event is the Cal-Mum Memorial Day Parade. See you there!

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