by Maria on September 3rd, 2017

This is another one of those parades we haven't done in a few years, so it was nice to be back in Hamlin. We marched with the Kendall/East Battalion Fire Departments.

There were no flutes, and we did miss hearing the trills on some of the songs. Kim, Karen and Jodi doubled most of the trills on the clarinet; Margaret played alto sax, and Maria and Jack played tenor sax.

Tyler, Matt H. and Bob played trumpet; Zach played trombone and Anya played baritone. Don played sousaphone (on his helicon). He had to leave right after the parade and couldn't stay for the beer tent. Some people take the bass line for granted, but It makes a big difference in the overall sound when a band loses its bass line.

Scott M. played snare drum, Steve played bass drum and Andy played cymbals.

Several of our band members play with other bands, and the beer tent is a good example of how we share. Some of our members were playing with The Hilton Generations Band tonight, and they invited us to play a joint rendition of Sing, Sing, Sing with them. Some of our band members also play with the Mark Time Marchers, and they had a parade the next morning, so we didn't want to stay too late.

The marching season is winding down. There are only two more events before we change over to Christmas music! Our next event is Honor Flight at the Rochester International Airport on Sunday, September 10.

Update: We took first place in the Hamlin FD Parade.

by Maria on September 3rd, 2017

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our participation in this event. There were severe weather warnings for strong winds, heavy rain, thunder and lightning. Several band members had concerns, especially since there is no shelter where the parade lines up.

In the end, the Clifton Fire Department delayed the start of the parade by one half hour. The parade was smaller than usual because many groups canceled, as we did. The crowd of spectators was small, too. After all, not many people want to stand in the rain - not to mention the lightning - and watch a parade!

Our next event is the Hamlin FD Parade on August 18. See you there!

by Maria on September 3rd, 2017

For several years now, we have participated in Dewey/Stone Family Fun Night.  After a very short parade - once around the church parking lot - we stand and play while families enjoy activities, crafts and demonstrations sponsored by community partners.

One of our flute players, Tracey, has a personal connection to one of the churches in the neighborhood. Other flute players were was Irene and Karen G. There was also Kim on clarinet, Margaret on alto sax, and Maria on tenor sax.

Even though Bob was all by himself on trumpet, he carried the part loud and clear. Josh played sousaphone. Josh also has a personal connection to this neighborhood because he used to live here. Once again, we had the same trio in our percussion section: Scott on snare drum, Andy on bass drum and Theresa on bells.

Tragedy struck as Margaret was putting her sax together. The mouthpiece slipped out of her hand, fell to the surface of the parking lot and shattered. The tip broke off and went flying; we couldn't even find it. Even if we had found it, we wouldn't have been able to do anything with it. It was beyond repair. Fortunately, Margaret had her husband, Steve's, saxophone in the car. He ended up working late and couldn't make it, so she borrowed his mouthpiece.

Our next event is the Clifton FD Parade on August 4. See you there!

by Maria on September 3rd, 2017

There's been a lot of rain in recent days, and it has made the ground soggy. That's a problem for carnivals like Rush that park cars in grassy fields. The usual parking area was too muddy for parking, so most of us had to park along the roads, and that adds to the walking distance.
We marched with our good friends in the Clifton Fire Department. Clifton residents attend Cal-Mum school, so we're all one big happy family!

Don is pictured at right with his new helicon. It's a little smaller than a sousaphone but still has the edgy sound of a brass instrument.

Other brass players were Doug, Tyler, Tom J., Karen L. and Bob on trumpet and Art, Harold and Zach on trombone. Harold and Emily brought their new baby, Eva, to meet the band.

Percussion was a repeat of last night - Scott M. on snare drum, Andy on bass drum Theresa on bells - along with Kristen on cymbals.

Jack is pictured at left with his MIDI instrument. He used his engineering skills to design a backpack that houses the accompanying electronics, batteries and speakers. The next step is to go solar!

Other woodwind players included Karen G., Tracey, Tara and Elise on flute; Mel, Marcia, Kim, Allie and Jodi on clarinet, Margaret and Steve on alto sax and Maria and Jack on tenor sax.

Family members frequently march in our color guard. Tonight our color guard consisted of Karen G.'s fiance, Paul; Tom and Kristen's children, TJ and Kayla; Tracey's son, Zach; Karen L.'s nephew, Zach. The latter Zach has marched in our color guard for years and was the recipient of the 2017 Tim Kelley Heroes Scholarship.
Our next event is the Dewey/Stone Family Fun Night on July 25. See you there!

by Maria on September 2nd, 2017

This is another parade that we haven't been able to do for the past few years, and it was nice to be back. We marched again with the the Kendall/East Battalion Fire Departments. It was a pleasant evening, but it had rained in previous days and the carnival grounds were muddy.

For woodwinds, Karen G. played flute, Allie played clarinet, Margaret and Steve played alto sax, and Maria played tenor sax. For brass, Doug, Tyler and Karen played trumpet, there were no trombones or baritones, and Josh played sousaphone. For percussion, Scott M. played snare, Andy played bass drum and Theresa played bells.

With a small group, and no trombones or baritones, we played Ghost Riders in the judging area. We played a few songs in the beer tent, but didn't stay long because we have another parade tomorrow night.

That event is the Rush FD Parade tomorrow night,, July 14. See you there!

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