Honor Flight Rochester 2018

by Maria on October 28th, 2018

Today Honor Flight Rochester celebrated Mission 62. Sixty Vietnam Veterans were on board: 13 Marines, 30 Army, 7 Navy and 10 Air Force. As they walked through the airport, they were greeted with cheers and applause and signs that read Welcome Home and Thank You.

The traffic lanes leading to the terminal are under construction, so only one lane is open. The construction was covered with a curved canopy reminiscent of the Sidney (Australia) Opera House.

Even though we didn't have to play until 12:30 pm, the Honor Flight committee suggested that we arrive at 11:15 am to avoid congestion, and they were right. Some Heroes had to come a little later because of church services, and they were directed to use the parking garage.

It's always a pleasure to play at the airport. The live acoustics amplify and carry the sound throughout the building.

After we played Sweet Caroline, a gentleman from the audience wanted an encore. We promised him we'd come back to it later, which we did, That song is tough on the trumpets because most of their part is above the staff. There were no trombones, but Anya competently covered the part on the baritone.

For color guard, we had Bob K.. For woodwinds, we had Irene and Tara on piccolo, Jodi on clarinet, Margaret and Mike H. on alto sax, and Jack and Maria on tenor sax. For brass, we had Matt H., Bob, Tom J. and Kayla on trumpet, Anya on baritone and Josh on sousaphone. For percussion, we had Scott M. on snare drum, Andy on bass drum and Kristen on cymbals.

Our next event is The Santa Claus Parade in Toronto on November 18.

Posted in Performances, Stories    Tagged with Honor Flight, Rochester, Bob K., Irene, Tara, Jodi, Margaret, Mike H., Jack, Maria, Matt H., Bob, Tom J., Kayla, Anya, Josh, Scott M., Andy, Kristen



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