Penfield Independence Day Parade 2019

by Maria on June 29th, 2019


The Penfield Independence Day Parade is one of the most organized parades that we do. From the moment we entered the school driveway, there were volunteers to direct us. Along the parade route, volunteers distributed cups of cold water to marchers. At the end of the parade, volunteers with golf carts offer rides to marchers with big instruments. Linanne has been in charge of this parade for 32 years, and she is retiring in April. We wish the best for Linanne in her retirement, and we hope her successor will maintain the the wonderful organization she has built.

While we were warming up, one of Tom J.'s trumpet valves was sticking. Luckily, Bob had another trumpet in his car, so Tom J., played that one during the parade.

At the end of the parade, Jon shed blood for the band. It would be a good story to say that it happened because he worked so hard at playing bass drum, but that wouldn't be true. Even though he did work hard at playing bass drum, the truth is he scratched his hand while taking off his wrist watch, and there was blood.

Tom J. and Kristen live near this parade, and they invited us back to their home for a barbecue. The weather held up for the rest of the afternoon, and we had a great time. Thanks, Tom and Kristen!

Dennis carried the banner. For woodwinds, we had Kelly and Karen R. on clarinet; Margaret and Mike H. on alto sax; Jack and Maria on tenor sax. For brass, we had Matt, Tom J. and Bob on trumpet; Scott M. on trombone; Josh on sousaphone; Theresa on bells; Scott W. and Steve on snare drum; Jon on bass drum and Kristen on cymbals.

Our next event is the Chil-E Fest on Thursday, July 4. See you there!


Posted in Performances, Stories    Tagged with Penfield, Dennis, Kelly, Karen R., Margaret, Jack, Maria, Matt H., Tom J., Bob, Scott M., Josh, Theresa, Scott W., Steve, Jon, Kristen, Mike H.

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