From over the Hill . . .
post started out going in one direction this morning and made
a wondrous U-turn
this afternoon, as you will soon read.
(previously known as 'Mr. Saxophone',
now known as 'Mr. Big Band') announced at Etna's
'Big Band Fun' concert Thursday
night that the Band had applied for and been approved as 501(3c)
nonprofit organization status.
Band Fun' is now, 'Siskiyou
Big Band', our very own 'community band' here in Siskiyou
County, State of Jefferson!
first dream of starting and conducting a Big Band became
a reality back in December with their concerts in Etna
and Yreka. He told me his second dream was to have the
old-fashioned low, box-style music stands like ones used during
the Big Band era.
Eb and I saw these photos Mel took at last week's concert, you
can see why I decided to move ahead on my latest idea . . . (if
you weren't able to attend the concert, you can read all about
and see photos).
did the band gooooooooo ???????
of you will remember these neat stands . . .
(if only from watching old movies!)
the band is in full view!!!
I somewhat sneakily (through his wife Cyndi)
got the link to a website of a
small business owner in
St. Louis, Missouri who
the stands and just
happens to play Big Band music too! Made
in the USA!
I whispered my plan to Cyndi : I was going to surprise
Clarence and the Band by putting out 'the
call' for money as a Big
to be able to buy the stands. I figured when the money came in,
then we would present it to the Band and move forward on
I have said before how 'Lady
Synchronicity' seems to always be one step ahead of
me . . .
I began to work on this post . . . shall
we call him . . . 'a Patron of the
Arts'. . . contacted me and asked, 'is
there anything I can do to help the band'???
would be fibbing if I didn't say, 'it
was music to my ears'.
I began . . . "I was just now
typing up a post for my From Over the Hill
website, encouraging the folks to send in donations, of
any amount, to the 'Siskiyou
Big Band' so we can order these
fabulous music stands."
being 'a man of a certain age', knew
exactly what kind of stands I was talking about.
related to him the cost (almost $1,000 for the
number of stands we would need, the carrying bags, and shipping);
and that it would be a stretch to have enough money to purchase
them in time for the May 19th concert
for the Siskiyou County Armed Services Day
event or the May
21st concert at the Church of the Nazarene.
However, hopefully, we would
have enough collected to order in time for the summer concerts.
the encore song, 'In the Mood' had
gotten to him the other night, or 'Lady
Synchronicity' had whispered in his ear . . . all I
know was . . . I about fell off the chair when, without any
fanfare, he said: 'How about
I front the money so you
can order them right away. That way you will have them in time
for the May concerts; and the Band can pay me back as the contributions
any of you who have read my posts for any time at all, know
that I always quote what Grandma used to say: 'When
the cookie tray is passed, take one, as it might not come
has taken me a number of years to step up and actually do
that . . . however, I
believe it must have been 'Lady
Synchronicity' whose voice came out when I opened my
mouth (as I think my vocal chords had frozen up)
. . .
I heard myself saying was: "That
would be fabulous. Thank you
. . . the Band will be thrilled."
called Cyndi and related the story, then called Clarence on his
cell phone as he was at lunch and asked if he was sitting down.
He was, and when I told him the story, at first, all he could
say was: "It's a good thing you asked if
I was sitting down before you told me."
both got teary-eyed . . . and while I am typing this, Clarence
is at Big Band practice, relating this story to the Band and figuring
out exactly what sizes and how many
they will need so we can place the order tomorrow.
we need lots of cookies on
the cookie tray to replace the ones being sent off to St. Louis,
of the band members have been paid for their performance efforts,
their gas money to and from practices or the concerts, or any
of their band-related expenses. They joined the Band because they
are musicians who have missed playing in a group setting and they
love the music and have fun entertaining us!
concert in December benefited the historic
Avery Theatre $1,000 and last week's concert added another $1,000
+ to the Theatre.
is the time for us to give a little something back to the
Band . . .
send your donation
P.O. Box 254
Etna, CA. 96027
it is easier for you to use Paypal to send along moolah, then
use this link
to log in and use this email
address for where to send it (If
you don't have a Paypal account, you might consider setting up
one as it makes purchasing and sending money much easier!)
or call me at 467-5815 and we can figure out the best way to get
your contribution here!
is soooooooooooooo grand . . .
when we allow it to flow!
In absolute joy!
supporting local talent!
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