Bergen Park Festival 2019

by Maria on June 9th, 2019

I was not able to attend the Bergen Park Festival, so I asked those in attendance to contribute information for this blog entry,

Special recognition goes to Margaret, Scott and Andy for marching in all three parades this week's trifecta: Spencerport on Thursday, York on Friday and Bergen today!  Special thanks to Tara, Cindy, Doug and Arnie for rearranging their schedules so that they could participate today. Arnie could not make the parade, but he was able to make it for the concert.

Scott M. had the whistle, and he said that it was nice to play with such talented and versatile musicians. He was referring to several instrumental changes made between the parade and the concert. During the parade, Cindy assisted Doug by playing trumpet parts on alto sax and then switched to alto sax parts when Arnie arrived. During the parade, Jack played tenor sax and then played trumpet parts on his Midi wind instrument. Steve usually plays alto sax, but for this event he played snare drum.

Irene wrote that it was a perfect day to march. The sun was shining, there was a slight breeze and the streets were lined with villagers anticipating the excitement of the parade. The parade started at noon, and is carefully scheduled around the train schedule.  After the parade started there was a slight delay before we started, since we are near the end.  As we were approaching the tracks one of the parade volunteers told us  train was coming.  We all quickly crossed the tracks and the gates went down behind us.  Liberty Pumps with the horses were the last unit and waited for the train. Thankfully the train was short. They were able to close the gap without losing the parade. Several of the Bergen locals came and thanked us for coming while we played the concert. Arnie showed up in uniform to help with the concert. Bergen was celebrating 30 years of being awesome and had 500 cupcakes free to share. Afterward  we were invited for free cupcakes.

Jack also noted that the band had to do a little double time march so half the band didn't get separated by a train that went through. No matter how many musicians you have, it's tough to be heard over a CSX freight train.

We had Irene and Tara on flute; Margaret and Cindy on alto sax; Jack on tenor sax; Doug and Arnie on trumpet; Scott M. on trombone; Don H. on tuba; Steve on snare drum; Andy on bass drum.

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


Posted in Performances, Stories    Tagged with Bergen, Irene, Tara, Margaret, Steve, Cindy, Jack, Doug, Arnie, Don H., Scott M., Andy

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