by Maria on September 11th, 2017

Honor Flight is a wonderful event, and Kelley's Heroes was pleased to be part of today's celebration. According to the Honor Flight website, they accept applications from "veterans who served prior to 1964 along with veterans from any era who suffer a catastrophic illness. " The veterans fly to Washington, D.C. to see their war memorials. Upon their return, they are greeted at the airport by veterans groups, family and friends. Local bands take turns providing music for the festivities, and today was our turn.

We had a great turnout! Irene, Tracey and Tara played flute. Tracey had her three boys - Zach, Jake and Josh - in tow. They looked all-American in their Boy Scout uniforms. Marcia, Karen R. and Jodi played clarinet. Margaret, Steve and Mike H. played alto sax, and Jack and Maria played tenor sax. Heartbreak Hotel, a sax feature, sounded amazing with five saxes.

There were four trumpets: Matt H., Tom, Bob and Arnie. Arnie brought a large photo of his father, Stanley, a World War II vet to display next to our banner. Harold, Scott M. and Zach played trombone. Scott usually plays snare drum, but since we were indoors, one snare drum played by Don S. was enough. Harold and his wife, Emily (cymbals) brought their three-month-old daughter, Eva. She was all smiles listening to the music and watching the people. Josh played sousaphone.

Don S. played snare drum, and Kristen played bass drum. Emily and TJ played cymbals. TJ's sister, Kayla, was also present. She occasionally carries the banner when we march in parades, but soon she'll be old enough to play trumpet with us.

This week we received some good news. We won first place in the Hamlin FD Parade.

We have two events coming up on September 23. In the morning we'll be marching in the Roberts Wesleyan Homecoming Parade. Later, in the afternoon, we'll be playing for another event honoring our veterans. The Caledonia Quilt Guild will present quilts to about 100 Vietnam veterans.

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!

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