Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Here Come the Parades . . .

. . . so let's warm up the band!

Parade season is almost upon us (already!). The Arcola Community Band usually marches in three or four parades each year. We have a core group of die-hard players, but we are always grateful to others who dust off an old instrument or just grab a drum stick and give it a try. The extra players really help to fill out our sound. And more than once, we've been amazed by a total beginner who took to the bass drum like a fish to water, and kept us all on the beat.

Sound like fun? Not quite sure? Well, here's your chance to try it out in advance. Instead of our regular rehearsal next week, we're having a supper and an evening of musical fun. We'll have the food for you, and maybe even an instrument that you can borrow for the parade season. We'll have some simple tunes to try, some people to help you learn (or remember) the basics, some marching practice (we all need it), and plenty of good humour. Everyone is welcome, no matter how little you play. If you only know three notes, we just might write a three-note part just for you. Or maybe you'll surprise yourself and learn a couple more. On the other hand, if you're looking for more of a challenge, maybe you can help carry the tunes, teach, or lead a file when the marching gets fancy. This is great fun, folks! And you get to wear a spiffy blue jacket and hat just like Garth in the picture above.

Please join us!
Friday, May 12th
5:30 p.m. for supper, or whenever you can get there
Arcola School

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