Cal-Mum Memorial Day 2013

by Maria on May 27th, 2013

The weather was perfect for this parade: blue sky, mild temperature and a light breeze. Upon arriving at the American Legion, Kelley's Heroes played Armed Forces Salute, a medley of Armed Forces tunes.  During the ceremony, the Cal-Mum High School Band played You're a Grand Old Flag and Kelley's Heroes played God Bless the U.S.A. After the salute, buglers from the high school played Taps with a double echo, and high school band director Matt Trost conducted the combined bands as they played The Star-Spangled Banner.

We welcomed a new flautist, Tara, and a special guest in the color guard, Martha. Martha's children, Zach and Hailey, carried the banner as they did many times last year. Martha figured she might as well wear a uniform and march along. That's one of the nice things about Kelley's Heroes. It is a family affair for many of us. Our children start as banner carriers and grow up to become members of the band when they turn eighteen. Harold, Karen and Kim are prime examples. Now we're working on the next generation.

Kelley's Heroes has already played for three other parades this season, and I just didn't have the time to write blog entries for each of them: the Rochester St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Buffalo St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Rochester Lilac Festival. At the Buffalo St. Patrick's Day Parade, we also welcomed two new members: Bob on trumpet and Karen on clarinet. Karen showed exceptional spirit at the Lilac Parade by playing her purple clarinet. If you would like to join Kelley's Heroes Band or Color Guard, click above on Join, complete the form and submit.

Our next parade is Saturday, June 1 at Mendon. We'll be wearing our new uniform shirts, so come and see us!

Posted in Performances, Stories    Tagged with Tara, Harold, Kim, Karen G., Karen R., Bob, St. Patrick's Day, Lilac Parade, Cal-Mum Memorial Day


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