The Official Newsletter of the Santa Fe Concert Band
Volume 6, No. 2 Summer 2004
Historic Band Music Concert Features Sousa: Sunday, August 29
The annual Historic Band Music Concert will be on Sunday, August 29, 2004 in the Courtyard of the Palace of the Governors. Please join us for this Free Sunday Afternoon Concert in tribute to John Philip Sousa (1854-1932).
This year the Historic Band Concert will be "Strictly Sousa" including best loved marches, less well known marches and some waltzes and dance melodies reminiscent of the Victorian era. Come to hear Stars and Stripes Forever the last march Sousa is reported to have conducted along with some lesser known marches of “The March King.”
Ler Nelson Moves to San Francisco
Ler Nelson, flutist in the band since late July 1996, left Santa Fe to begin a PhD program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His dog, Jake, has gone along with him to San Francisco. Ler grew up in Indianapolis and attended Indiana University in Bloomington and then continued his studies at NYU. A job in medical book publishing pulled him from
New York to Chicago before moving to
Santa Fe in 1996 where he worked at the Hinkle Law Offices. While in Santa Fe he earned his B.A. at the College of Santa Fe and an M.A. in Classical Chinese at St. John’s.
Prior to his election as President of the Board of Directors in December 2003, he was Secretary of the SFCB for three years – 1998 to 2000. He initiated the “Bugle: The Official Newsletter of the Santa Fe Concert Band” in the fall of 1998 and continued as its only editor since the first issue. We wish Ler the best and miss the quality and quantity of his contributions to the SFCB.
Changes on the Board
Ler Nelson, flute and piccolo player and now Past-President of the Santa Fe Concert Band Board of Directors, has moved to San Francisco. Paul Pease will complete Ler’s term as President and Joe DiChiaro is the new Vice President.
Albertson’s Community Partners Card
The Santa Fe Concert Band now receives partial support from Albertson’s through their Community Partners Card program. If you shop at Albertson’s, consider using the Santa Fe Concert Band Community Partners Card. At no cost to you, Albertson’s will donate to the band a percentage of the price you paid for your groceries. All you have to do is to present the card at time of check-out. Contact one of the band members if you would like a card.
The Santa Fe Concert Band thanks Albertson’s for their support.
Watch for the Band in the Fiesta Parade which begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 12. The parade route begins and ends at DeVargas Mall and follows Paseo de Peralta east to Palace Ave, west to Sandoval Street, continuing on Alameda to Guadalupe and back to the mall.
The Santa Fe Concert Band is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. If you would like to contribute to our all-volunteer group, please send a check or money order to: SFCB, c/o Greg Heltman, 1008 Velarde, Santa Fe, NM 87505.
Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings in Santa Fe at the Salvation Army Hall, 525 W. Alameda, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. There are openings in the trumpet/cornet, horn, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and tenor saxophone sections. There is no audition: just bring a music stand and your instrument and show up for rehearsals.
Steinway and the Band
Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. makes more than pianos. Notable products include not only Steinway & Sons pianos but also Bach Stradivarius trumpets, Selmer Paris saxophones, C.G. Conn French horns, King trombones, and Ludwig snare drums. They have recently acquired G. Leblanc Corporation of Wisconsin. Leblanc manufactures high quality band instruments and sells products with the Leblanc, Noblet, Vito, Holton, Martin and Yanagisawa brand names.
New SFCB Shirts Available to Band Members
New band shirts are available for band members – please contact Karen Factor if you wish a shirt. The new shirts are being embroidered by Ricki Boyer of High Pointe Threads in Eldorado. The logo was designed by former band member Betty Byrd.
Hyde Park Picnic
The SFCB will roll up their sleeves and relax after the August 29 concert. It wasn’t always exactly this way. As reported in the SFCB Bugle, Vol. 5, No. 2, July 2003 the “Daniel McKenzie’s Conquistadores Band always celebrated with a picnic in Hyde Park before braving three days of Plaza performances and parades during Fiestas.” These days our picnic is for fun and relaxation rather than preparation for an intense schedule of concerts. Jack Lain is coordinating the event this year; burgers will be provided by the SFCB but the rest is pot-luck.
Band members and their families should plan to arrive at 4:30 PM at campsite No. 2. We hope to eat around 5:00 PM. The Hyde Park Picnic gives us a chance to get know each other outside of the formality of our concerts and rehearsals.
The Creative Habit
I have borrowed the title from that of an editoriala I recently read. Jeffrey Agrell, horn teacher at the University of Iowa wrote in his editorial “Habitual action is a double-edged sword: you can get a lot of things done without having to make decisions about everything that comes along.” And he continues, “Habit ensures that the action happens: brushing your teeth, taking vitamins, exercising, playing your horn. The feature of “mindless” habitual action is also a bug. Because the mind is not engaged, you may also establish a habit of not paying attention, including watching for the need to change the routine.” Ralph Waldo Emerson expressed it as “Foolish consistency is the hobgoblins of small minds.”
Agrell and his accompanist developed a plan to help to get started each day on any number of projects. He calls the plan a keychain which has become his creative habit. “The keychain is a new ritual: before we allow ourselves to visit the Great Monster e-mail (or other similar activities that give the illusion of productivity and industry), we require that we do one of the “keys” on our lists. The keys are small, starter activities that just might get us going on the real projects so that we really get something done. Hear are a few samples (I have shortened his list): ten pushups or sit-ups; play one scale – differently; learn two words of Spanish; learn a couple of measures of a tune by heart; compose four measures; write a poem; think of one idea for a new article; learn one new vocabulary word.”
I liked the observation about the Great Monster having learned that my habit of hitting my e-mail first each day is not such a good idea because before I know it two hours have disappeared. Practicing my horn or getting on my bike preceded by some creative element on a keychain is a much better habit.
a. The Creative Habit, Jeffrey Agrell, The Horn Call, Vol. XXXIV, No. 3, May 2004
SFCB Sponsors and Other Supporters
Financial support for the band is derived from our sponsors who are acknowledged in our concert programs, those who make cash contributions at each of our concerts, and all of the individual band members. Thank you each and everyone for your support without which we could not purchase music, advertise our concerts and pay our other expenses. A complete list of all of our sponsors and supporters will be published in the next issue of the BUGLE.
Bugle needs an Editor
This issue of the BUGLE is a collaborative effort from the Board of Directors and Vic Perry who took care of publishing it. Please contact Paul Pease if you have an interest in becoming the editor of the BUGLE.
Ler Nelson edited the BUGLE since the fall of 1998. There were six issues published for each of the first three volumes through July/August 2001. Five issues were published in 2001/2002 and three in 2003 ending with the Nov/Dec issue. This year, Volume 6, there have been just two issues published to date - March and the current summer edition
Military band in a tree at Fort Leavenworth. Not dated. http://www.kshs.org/research/collections/documents/online/band/bandexhibitresults.php?type=MIL
c/o Paul Pease
54 Camino Pacifico
Santa Fe, NM 87508-8952
Historic Band Music
Governor’s Palace Courtyard
2004 Season Concerts
Just a few concerts remain in the 21st Season of performances of the SFCB. Mark your calendars for the remaining concerts.
Historic Band Music
Governor’s Palace Courtyard
Fiesta Historical/Hysterical Parade
beginning at 2:00 PM
Veteran's Day Ceremonies
On the Plaza at 10:00 AM
Holiday Concert at the Lensic
Santa Fe Concert Band