SFCB Bugle - Our Newsletter
Excerpts from the Spring 2006 Issue
Notes from the President
Spring is here and so is spring cleaning. After rehearsal recently,
I gathered some of our archives stored at the Salvation Army and brought
them home for more careful scrutiny. I hope to find time to look through
the multiple stacks of paper that tell a part of our history. I have
already organized a file of past programs and back issues of the BUGLE and
other documents. While this chore is necessary and at time a little
tedious it is at the same time interesting.
Here is a letter dated June 25, 1986 addressed to our conductor
Greg Heltman and signed by Sam Pick, Mayor of Santa Fe. The mayor wrote
"I am undertaking a program to promote the use of city facilities as well
as make the community more aware of the existence of community groups such
as the Community Concert Band. I would appreciate your help in this
effort." He then invited us to perform at the Fort Marcy Amphitheater
on August 3, 1986 at 6:30 PM and in exchange for our participation he would
declare Sunday, August 3, 1986 as Community Concert Band Day in Santa Fe.
I hope our new mayor has a similar idea.
Since the first of the year band members have been rehearsing
as usual every Tuesday evening. Greg has been diligent with helping
us to improve our ensemble playing and encouraging us to pay more attention
to listening as we play. Multitasking is important to every performance
Some of the band members multitask in a different way prior
to and after each performance by setting up and taking down the chairs and
moving the percussion. I am hoping that we might be able to assemble
a team of non-performing volunteers to help with the set-up and take-down
for each performance. This would remove the distraction that this task
has for band members who should be paying more attention to the music rather
than movoing equipment. Please let me know if you would like to help
the band with this important and necessary task. Perhaps I will hear
from a spouse, partner, or friend of a band member or even an interested
supporter. We could sure use some help.