Band Announcements

This page will be used to provide announcements regarding Rehearsals and Performances to Band Members.

July 3 Update

posted Jul 3, 2013, 2:45 PM by mercer band   [ updated Jul 3, 2013, 2:46 PM ]

A message from Lou:

You were all heroic last Saturday.  We rose above absurd challenges and made good music.  Bravo! 

Having said that, let me add that we will never do another outdoor mid-day summer sun and heat performance.  In the future, that is best left to those who do such things.  However, the appreciation and recognition for our performance will bring us worthy opportunities, already taking shape.  Your heroism bears fruit.

Now I am looking forward to our last performance time together for this season, on this Friday evening, 7/5.  We are playing in the shade between 6:30-8:30 pm to an appreciative audience that comes each year to feast on the Americana we serve.  Our picnic buffet will be available to us at 5:30 under the Gazebo.  Check the web site for travel details:  www.mercerband.org/band

We've shared very special time together each Monday for the past ten months.  We need that same spirit present at our Cranbury Fireworks Celebration performance on Friday.  If you can be there, you must.  We must. 

Lou






A message from Pam:

Thank you all so much for all of your cooperation.  We appreciate everyone's continued focus over the past few weeks preparing for our final two performances.  Everyone's effort while Lou was away has not gone unnoticed, and I can't say 'Thank You' enough!

Also, we could use some assistance to help unload the van at the college after Friday's performance.  Please consider helping out if you are not staying for the fireworks.

Pam

June 28 Update

posted Jun 28, 2013, 3:36 PM by mercer band   [ updated Jun 28, 2013, 4:15 PM ]

Here are some additional details on our final two performances:

Any updates regarding the weather on the day of the perforance can be found here



Mercer Count Freedom Festival

  • Meet in parking lot at MCCC no later than 2pm to meet Margot (baritone) for parking passes and carpooling.

  • Parking Area at the field is 1/2 mile from the Old Trenton Road Entrance, on the left side. Click Here for the map and to get directions: http://goo.gl/maps/R2zsw.

  • Your music will be at the park with the equipment, chairs and stands. There is NO need to go to the band room.

  • Be seated by 2:30pm for saying 'hi' to Lou, completing the sound check, and tuning. 

  • Performance Downbeat at 3:00pm. (~2 hour performance).

  • Water will be provided.

  • Dress "Cool, Comfortable, and Patriotic". Bring Hats, Sunscreen and Bug Spray.

***We need help loading after the performance and unloading the van at the college. Please help.  It doesn't take much time to unload.







Cranbury Fireworks

  • Loading the Van at MCCC will be around 4:00pm. Please feel free to stop by and Help!

  • Sandwiches and snacks will be provided for us at 5:30pm in the Gazebo.

  • Parking is near the field, street parking is usually available. Click Here for the map and to get directions: http://g.co/maps/hcquk.

  • Your music will be at the park with the equipment, chairs and stands. There is NO need to go to the band room.

  • Be seated by 6:00pm to complete the sound check, and tuning.

  • Performance Downbeat at 6:30pm. (~2 hour performance).

  • Water will be provided.

  • Dress "Cool, Comfortable, and Patriotic". Bring Hats, Sunscreen and Bug Spray.

*We need help loading after the performance and unloading the van at the college. Please help.  It doesn't take much time to unload.

June 27 Update

posted Jun 27, 2013, 8:08 AM by mercer band   [ updated Jun 27, 2013, 8:08 AM ]

We are still looking for help to load/unload the truck for both remaining performances.  If you are able to help out, please do!
 
 
 
 
Another message from Lou!
 
t's 10:00 a.m. here on Thursday morning, which is 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night where you are.  In eight short hours I begin the 18 hour journey home.  I am so looking forward to being with all of you and sharing in our new performance adventure.  All things appear to be in place, thanks to the efforts of many devoted people.

Then we all get to enjoy our Cranbury sojourn.  While the crowd will be smaller, the 1,000+ who attend are a very appreciative audience.  That is a great place to bring family and friends, unfold lawn chairs, spread out picnic blankets, listen to the music and watch the children laugh and play...what's the rest of that line...to see a lamb at school.  While there will be no lamb, we will have our traditional picnic buffet available from 5:30 on, an hour before we perform in the cool cool shade of the evening.

I know that all of you will make every effort to be at these last performances.  We don't blow off show times.  We all have too much invested and the dedication that carries us through the year is our own intrinsic payback.  Don't forget that we start again the first Monday after labor day.  We'll rehearse for the first hour and celebrate our reunion for the second hour.  I have some great ideas for advancing our band and keeping us growing and happy!

See you all soon.

Lou

June 24 Update

posted Jun 24, 2013, 7:36 PM by mercer band   [ updated Jul 5, 2013, 3:12 PM ]

Here are the updated details for the two Remaining Performances

Mercer Count Freedom Festival
Saturday, June 29 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Report Time: In seats by 2:30pm
For car-pools: Meet at Kelsey Theatre Parking Lot by 2:00pm
DRESS: "Cool, Comfortable, and Patriotic".  Bring Hats, Sunscreen and Bug Spray.

Address:
Mercer County Park, West Windsor, NJ
Map with Parking Lot location: http://goo.gl/maps/R2zsw
    we will be performing across the street from this lot.


Cranbury Fireworks
Friday, July 5
Report Time 5:30pm (6:30 start)
Village Park, Cranbury, NJ
Map for Directions: http://g.co/maps/hcquk
DRESS: "Cool, Comfortable, and Patriotic"

June 22 Update

posted Jun 22, 2013, 12:09 PM by mercer band

A Message from Lou...
Hello from Okinawa!
 
I am pleased to tell you that we will only be playing the 3:00 - 5:00 concert on 6/29.   We will not be staying to play under the fireworks.  We will all escape the park at 5:00.  Pam will provide more details on this and the arrangements we are making to insure that this is an enjoyable and memorable performance for all.
 
This remains an important opportunity for us.  Thousands of people will hear our performance and WYSP will be broadcasting on site.  There will be a professional sound company amplifying our performance, which will cement our place as the music to experience at the Mercer County Freedom Festival!
 
As for me, my journey across Japan is entering it's third and final week.  In all, over the nineteen days away, I will have traveled on ten planes, four trains, four buses, six vans and eight taxi's, traversing over three thousand in-country miles across a nation that is only eight hundred miles long.  I am inspecting the Defense Language Testing Programs at nine U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine bases.  Needless to say, this is a bizarre thing for a musician to do! 
 
I am so looking forward to being with all of you, with baton in hand, basking in the sounds and spirit we have all come to know and love.  I want to seriously thank Gary, Mike, Tom, Terry and Pam, for all they have done to keep us keeping on in my absence.  I cannot wait to be there with all of you.
 
Take good care, and remember that we are all what we do and become that in which we believe. 
 
Keep the faith!
 
Lou   

Remaining Performances

posted Jun 12, 2013, 6:14 PM by mercer band   [ updated Jul 5, 2013, 3:13 PM ]

Here are the initial details for the two Remaining Performances

Mercer Count Freedom Festival
Saturday, June 29
Report Time 2:30pm (3:00 start)
Mercer County Park, West Windsor, NJ
parking / directions to follow

Cranbury Fireworks
Friday, July 5
Report Time 5:30pm (6:30 start)
Village Park, Cranbury, NJ
Map for Directions: http://g.co/maps/hcquk

Hello!

posted Jun 11, 2013, 4:25 PM by mercer band   [ updated Jun 11, 2013, 4:28 PM ]

Hi!  Stay Tuned for Announcements on the upcoming performances at Freedom Festival on June 29 and Cranbury on July 5. Select updates will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

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