by Maria on June 13th, 2017

It was a comfortable evening, and the forecast called for a chance of thunderstorms, but everything was fine for the parade.

Jon carried one end of the banner with one hand and pulled a wagon with his younger son, AJ, with his other hand. His older son, James carried the other end of the banner with both hands.

Peyton marched along with our canine unit: Petunia and Attila.

Tara and Tracey played flute, and Kelly played clarinet. Jack played tenor sax and Maria played alto sax.

We had a whole row of trumpets: Doug. Mike B., Tom J. and Bob. There were no trombones, but Anya covered most of the trombone parts on the baritone horn. Josh, who graduated from York High School, played sousaphone.

Scott M. played snare drum; Andy played bass drum; Nancy and Kristen played cymbals.

Our next parade is the Spencerport Fire Department Parade on Thursday. See you there!

Update: We took first place for Best Drum Corps. The judges had some very nice comments about sounding good so early in the season.

by Maria on June 2nd, 2017

The weather reports all warned that there would be scattered showers on Memorial Day. Sure enough, just before the parade started, there was a brief downpour. Then the sun came out, and it became warm and humid. Not the most comfortable weather for marching, but certainly a worthy cause for a parade.

Angelina and James carried the banner. For this hometown parade, we invite family members to march along. Angelina's younger sister, Maddy, and James' younger brother, AJ, marched between the banner and the band. Peyton carried the American flag and Nikki carried a gun for the guard.

We welcomed two new members: Cindy on alto sax and Sue on trombone. We had some good news. Harold and Emily had a baby girl, Eva, last Friday. Don H. played his "new" acquisition: a 120-year-old helicon. It's a slightly smaller version of a sousaphone.

There was a whole row of flutes - Irene, Tracey, Tara and Elise - and a whole row of saxes: Margaret and Cindy on alto sax and Jack and Maria on tenor sax. Marcia and Kelly played clarinet.

It was nice to see Art up and about and playing trombone. This was his first parade since he broke his ankle back in March. Other trombones were Scott M. and Sue. Scott W. and Doug played trumpet.

Kevin played snare drum, and Steve played bass drum. Andy and Nancy played cymbals.

During the ceremony, we played Armed Forces Salute. Tyler played Taps and Scott W. provided the echo. Then Kelley's Heroes and the CMCS High School Band joined together and played The Star-Spangled Banner.

Our next event is the York Fie Department Parade this Friday, June 2. See you there!

by Maria on May 30th, 2017

The forecast called for a scattered showers, but they held off and it was cool and cloudy for the parade. That's not a bad thing for marching, or for the spectators, either. There was a good crowd for the parade.

Tara's son, Peyton, and husband, Bob, carried the banner. We were right behind one of the school bands. After we played a couple of songs, their band director came to Bob and Peyton and asked them to increase our following distance because they were having trouble hearing themselves.

None of our trombones could make it, so Jack and Maria on tenor sax and Anya on baritone horn did their best to cover the part. When we played Seventy-Six Trombones, Anya carried the melody on the baritone horn. The trumpets were strong with Mike W., Bob and Matt H.; Josh played sousaphone.

Tara was the only flute, Marcia and Mel played clarinet and Margaret played alto sax. Steve played bass drum so Andy could play cymbals. Scott and Don played snare, and Theresa played bells.

Our next event is the Cal-Mum Memorial Day Parade. See you there!

by Maria on May 13th, 2017

This is always a "feel-good" event. It's a short parade, going once around the block. Hundreds of people from the community come out to show their support for the youth baseball program. When the parade reaches Tennent Park, there is a brief opening ceremony.

Normally Kelley's Heroes and the high school band play The Star-Spangled Banner together for the ceremony. Unfortunately, the high school band wasn't able to participate because of a scheduling conflict. However, there were five students who still wanted to participate, so they marched with us. They were Sarah E. on flute, Sarah B. and Matt Z. on alto sax, and Trevor K. and Jake R. on trumpet. They did a great job, and we hope they'll join us in their junior and senior years.

Jon and Steve co-coach one of the teams, so they split their choices. Jon marched with the team and Steve marched with the band.

The banner was carried by Angelina, Maddy, Claire and Meghan.

Margaret had the whistle for the first time, and she did a wonderful job. She also played piccolo, and Tara played flute. Marcia and Kelly played clarinet; Steve and Jack played saxophone.

Matt came all the way from Buffalo to play trumpet along with Caledonia natives, Scott W. and Arnie. Scott M. played trombone; Harold played sousaphone.

Don S. played snare drum; Andy played bass drum and Emily, eight months pregnant, played cymbals.

Our next event is the Lilac Parade on Saturday, May 13.

by Maria on March 21st, 2017

Usually our marching season starts with the Rochester St. Patrick's Day Parade, but we had to cancel our participation in that event last week. First, there was the windstorm that knocked out power to tens of thousands of homes in our area. Second, there was the snowstorm that dumped over two feet of snow. Third, there was the brutal cold. The temperature was in the upper teens and it was windy. We just didn't have have enough people to march.

Buffalo was a totally different story. Even though it was cloudy, the temperature was near 40 degrees and the air was calm. With all of our layers, some of us almost felt warm toward the end of the parade.
We had 22 people and 1 dog on the street. Tara and her son, Peyton, carried the banner. Their dog, Attila, marched along decked out in her St. Patrick's Day outfit.

We welcomed a new member, Elise's friend, Irene, on snare drum. Since we had Irene and Don S. on snare drum, Scott M. played trombone, which was a good thing because he was the only one. The percussion section was completed by Jon on bass drum, Andy on cymbals and Theresa on bells.
Don H. made a personal sacrifice and played a fiberglass sousaphone for this parade. He prefers the sound of a metal sousaphone, but it's heavier and it's been difficult to carry since he injured his shoulder. Mike W. also made a sacrifice. He drove an hour from his home to Caledonia, then rode in the carpool for an hour and a half. From beginning to end, this was an 8 1/2 hour day for Mike!

Mel's clarinet reed broke shortly before the parade started. She ran back to her car, got a new reed and got back just in time to step off with us. The woodwind section was completed by Irene and Karen on flute, Margaret and Steve on alto sax, and Jack and Maria on tenor sax.

We had four trumpets: Bob, Matt H., Mike W. and Doug. Doug gave us an update on his brother, Art, who fell and broke his fibula. It was repaired with a plate and screws, and he is hobbling around the greenhouse getting ready for spring. Get well soon, Art!

Bob and Anya left their two boys with Bob's parents while they marched in the parade. The boys watched the parade live on television and were excited that they got to see both of their parents.

It was a good start to the 2017 marching season. Our next event is the Cal-Mum Youth Baseball Parade on April 29. Another short parade. See you there!

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