by Maria on June 15th, 2019

It rained last night, but today was cool and sunny. We marched with our friends in the Kendall/East Battalion Fire Departments.

We have two bass drummers – Andy and Jon – who coordinate their efforts to make sure we always have a bass drummer. When neither of the them is available, Steve. who usually plays alto sax, will step up and play bass drum. Tonight, none of them was available, so we recruited Isaac to play drum. An added bonus was that his father, Matt, offered to play snare drum. This arrangement freed up Scott M. to play trombone.

Theresa arrived after the police closed Route 19. She explained that she was marching. They still couldn’t let her through, but they did show her where to park to that she could join us. She reached the staging area with just a few minutes to spare.

When we were done for the evening, we had some extra equipment to carry out. Tom J. carried the bass drum, and Jack carried Tom J.’s trumpet. We reached the parking lot and Jack realized that the trumpet mouthpiece had fallen out. As we turned around to backtrack and search for the mouthpiece, Scott M.’s sister, Sheryl, caught up to us with the mouthpiece in her hand. She had seen it on the ground, had a feeling it belonged to one of us and picked it up. Thank you, Sheryl!

On the drive home, we were able to see Jupiter in the clear southern sky ahead of us. This is as close as it gets. Tonight it is only 398 million miles away.

We had Dennis on banner; Kelly and Karen on clarinet; Maria on alto sax; Jack on tenor sax; Doug, Tom J. and Bob on trumpet; Scott M. on trombone, Josh on sousaphone; Matt on snare drum; Isaac on bass drum and Theresa on bells.

Update: We found out that we took Second Place at the York FD Parade.

Our next event is the Kendall FD Parade next Thursday. See you there!

by Maria on June 9th, 2019

I was not able to attend the Bergen Park Festival, so I asked those in attendance to contribute information for this blog entry,

Special recognition goes to Margaret, Scott and Andy for marching in all three parades this week's trifecta: Spencerport on Thursday, York on Friday and Bergen today!  Special thanks to Tara, Cindy, Doug and Arnie for rearranging their schedules so that they could participate today. Arnie could not make the parade, but he was able to make it for the concert.

Scott M. had the whistle, and he said that it was nice to play with such talented and versatile musicians. He was referring to several instrumental changes made between the parade and the concert. During the parade, Cindy assisted Doug by playing trumpet parts on alto sax and then switched to alto sax parts when Arnie arrived. During the parade, Jack played tenor sax and then played trumpet parts on his Midi wind instrument. Steve usually plays alto sax, but for this event he played snare drum.

Irene wrote that it was a perfect day to march. The sun was shining, there was a slight breeze and the streets were lined with villagers anticipating the excitement of the parade. The parade started at noon, and is carefully scheduled around the train schedule.  After the parade started there was a slight delay before we started, since we are near the end.  As we were approaching the tracks one of the parade volunteers told us  train was coming.  We all quickly crossed the tracks and the gates went down behind us.  Liberty Pumps with the horses were the last unit and waited for the train. Thankfully the train was short. They were able to close the gap without losing the parade. Several of the Bergen locals came and thanked us for coming while we played the concert. Arnie showed up in uniform to help with the concert. Bergen was celebrating 30 years of being awesome and had 500 cupcakes free to share. Afterward  we were invited for free cupcakes.

Jack also noted that the band had to do a little double time march so half the band didn't get separated by a train that went through. No matter how many musicians you have, it's tough to be heard over a CSX freight train.

We had Irene and Tara on flute; Margaret and Cindy on alto sax; Jack on tenor sax; Doug and Arnie on trumpet; Scott M. on trombone; Don H. on tuba; Steve on snare drum; Andy on bass drum.

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

by Maria on June 8th, 2019

This is the middle parade of the trifecta: Spencerport last night, York tonight and Bergen tomorrow. In previous years, we have lined up near the end on Craig Road. Tonight, we were much further forward and lined up right on Route 36.

We don't march with a fire department in this parade. However, since York is a neighboring community, and several of our members have strong ties to it, we usually draw good attendance for this event. Unfortunately, none of our trumpets could make it tonight, so Maria played trumpet parts on the alto sax. With all the parts covered, the group had a good sound. Jack joked that our group should stay together and keep marching north through the night until we reach Bergen in time for tomorrow's parade.

After the parade, we played in the beer tent. We were only going to play a couple of songs, since most of us are going to play again tomorrow. However, we were having such a good time, we stayed a little longer than planned.

Dennis carried the banner. We had Irene, Tracey and Tara on flute; Kim and Karen R. on clarinet; Margaret and Maria on alto sax; Jack on tenor sax; Art on trombone; Don H. on helicon; Scott M. on snare drum; Steve on bass drum; Andy on cymbals.

Update: We took Second Place at the York FD Parade.

Our next event is the Bergen Park Festival and Concert tomorrow. See you there!

by Maria on June 8th, 2019

This weekend is the trifecta of marching band events: Spencerport on Thursday, York on Friday and Bergen on Saturday. Once again, we are lucky because the weather forecast is warm and sunny for all three days. Tonight we marched with our friends in the Clifton FD.

Kelley's Heroes has always been a family-centered organization. We welcomed Emma as a new flute/piccolo player. Emma is the daughter of Sue, one of our trombone players, and sister of Sarah, one of our other flute players. Previously, Emma has marched with us as a banner carrier. Pictured below is Emma, Sarah and their friend, Jonah, our new snare drummer.
After the parade we played a couple of songs in the beer tend. We also played Sing, Sing, Sing with the Hilton Generations Band and The Stripper, Gonna Fly Now,  and Land of 1000 Dances with the Mark Time Marchers.

We had Emma and Sarah on flute; Melody, Kelly and Kim on clarinet; Margaret and Mike H. on alto sax; Doug on trumpet; Art on trombone; Maria on sousaphone; Theresa on bells; Jonah and Scott M. on snare drum; Andy on bass drum.

Our next event is the York FD Parade tomorrow evening. See you there!

by Maria on June 8th, 2019

We were happy to have another nice day. That brought out a good crowd of spectators on the street and a good crowd of musicians for the band.

Tyler couldn't march with us because he was with the Boy Scouts and played Taps on the bugle during the ceremony. The High School Band played You're a Grand Old Flag, and we played Armed Forces Salute. Then the two bands combined to play The Star-Spangled Banner.

We welcomed Jonah, a new snare drummer. Cindy played trumpet parts transposed for alto sax. Scott W. played trumpet and snare drum.

Angelina and Mary carried the banner. Bob K. carried the American flag and Keenan's friend, Jamie, carried the New York State flag. Hannah and Maya carried rifles to guard the flags.

We had a whole row of flutes - Sarah, Irene, Tracey and Tara - and a whole row of trombones - Art, Scott M., Keenan and Sue. Other woodwinds included Melody and Kelly on clarinet; Margaret and Cindy on alto sax; Maria on tenor sax. Other brass included Arnie and Scott W. on trumpet; Don H. and Josh on sousaphone. On percussion we had Scott W., Kevin and Jonah on snare drum; Steve on bass drum and Andy on cymbals.

Our next event is the Spencerport Fire Department Parade on Thursday, June 6. See you there!


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