by Maria on July 28th, 2019

It's been a few years since Byron had it Heritage Festival, so we were happy to be invited to participate again this year. Unfortunately, there were many factors working against us. Many people were away; traditionally, the last week in July and the first week in August are popular vacation weekends. The parade fell in the middle of the day at 1:00 pm, making it difficult for people who are trying to schedule other things. Being in the middle of the day also made it very hot, and many of our older members have a hard time marching and playing their instruments in the heat.

Nevertheless, we did it and we had a great time! We had a very small group, but we chose music that suited our instrumentation and played it well. We even stayed afterward and played several tunes in the park pavilion.

Tom J. and his daughter, Kayla, deserve extra credit for determination. First, they drove all the way from Fairport. When they arrived in Byron, the roads were already closed for the parade and they couldn't get through. The parade staff person gave Tom directions for driving around to the other side of town so they could get closer to the start of the parade on Caswell Road. Just as we were stepping off, we saw two red shirts standing at the corner. They jumped in line and off we went.

Andy also deserves extra credit for creativity. Before the parade, we talked about what would maximize our resources: snare drum or bass drum. Andy made the case for bass drum, and he made the the most of playing a steady modified street beat for the duration of the parade.

So, we had a brass quartet consisting of Tom J. and Kayla on trumpet, Scott M. on trombone. and Maria on sousaphone accompanied by Andy on bass drum.

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

by Maria on July 13th, 2019

It was a beautiful evening for a parade; warm, dry and clear. We marched with our friends in the Clifton Fire Department.

For woodwinds, we had Kelly on clarinet and Margaret and Mike H. on alto sax. For brass, we had Maria playing trumpet parts on alto sax, Scott M. on trombone and Don H. on helicon. For percussion, we had Steve on snare drum, Jon on bass drum and Andy on cymbals.

Update: We won First Place in Kendall for Best Drum and Bugle Corps.

Update: We won First Place in Hamlin for Non-Fire Department Band.

Our next event is the Byron Heritage Festival Parade and Concert on Saturday, July 27. See you there!

Posted on July 13th, 2019

Hilton has always been one of our favorite parades, and we were happy to be marching with our friends in the Kendall Fire Department.

The evening started out warm and humid. As we were warming up, we felt the first few drops of rain. A steady light rain continued throughout the parade, and we were quite wet by the end. As a matter of fact, we were wet enough that we decided to forego the beer tent. Ironically, the song that came up in the judging area was Splish, Splash. The audience loved it!

Jodi forgot her hat, and Bob came to the rescue. He just happened to have his wife's hat in the trunk of his car, so Jodi had a hat to borrow for the parade.
There were three Trosts! Many years ago, Marcia marched with Kelley's Heroes as a member of the color guard. Then, as often happens in life, other responsibilities filled up her schedule and she didn't have time to march any more. However, when Marcia found out that her brother, Matt, and nephew, Isaac, were marching a few parades with us, she asked if she could play cymbals like she did in high school.

For woodwinds, we had Kelly and Jodi on clarinet; Margaret and Mike H. on alto sax; Jack on tenor sax. For brass we had Doug, Matt  H. and Bob on trumpet; Scott M. and Zach on trombone and Maria on sousaphone. For percussion, we had Matt T. and Steve on snare drum; Isaac on bass drum; Andy and Marcia on cymbals; Theresa on bells.


Our next event is the Rush FD Parade tomorrow night. See you there!

by Maria on July 5th, 2019

Last year, the Chil-E Fest occurred during a heat wave. On the blacktop the temperature was literally 100 degrees. This year, the temperature was only in the upper 80s. That's still hot, but there was quite a bit of cloud cover, so most of the time we felt like we were marching in the shade.
We marched with our friends in the Chili Fire Department. Thankfully, they had plenty of bottled water to share with all of us.

Theresa was decked out in red, white and blue headband and flag earrings. She also attached a bunting to the front of her bells. Margaret was wearing red, white and blue beads.

For woodwinds, we had Irene on piccolo, Kim on clarinet, and Margaret on alto sax. For brass we had Cindy playing trumpet parts on alto sax, Scott M. on trombone and Maria on sousaphone. For percussion, we had Steve on snare drum, Andy on bass drum and Theresa on bells.

Our next event is the Hilton FD parade on Thursday. See you there!

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!


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