Hope all are well and still having gangs of fun.
It seems like a long time since I’ve written to you, but since we now have a decision on the date of the 2011 Sailor Marching Band Festival, it seems like it would be a good time.
Fanfare please: the festival will be on Saturday, September 24th at 7 or 7:30 PM. That also means that we will have a music rehearsal on Saturday, September 17th from 9-11 AM. So–circle those dates on your calendars in red (or purple). The almanac says–no rain this year (maybe snow!!).
There is no need to write back at this time to indicate whether you can participate or not–I’ll only lose the list by September anyway. I’ll write again as it gets closer and then you can reply and make me happy with your positive responses.
I welcome suggestions of what music we can pull from the archives to play for the show. Majorettes and flags respond to Dawn and Lee, respectively.
One note: Gb Just kidding. The Sailors will be traveling to Disney on April 27-30 and marching down Main Street on 4/28.
On a sad note–one of our fellow alumni, Carla Widdowson, VHS class of ’56, died on March 17th. She marched and played in the first alumni band though she was battling rheumatoid arthritis. She loved to play so much that she had the keys of her bari sax rebuilt to be able to continue playing despite her crippling condition. She was a wonderful person and a bright ray of sunshine that we will sincerely miss.
To get in the alumni marching band spirit, check out all the great videos and images we have on our website at: http://vhsalumniband.org/
Start practicing now!! We will talk soon.