Family Fun in the Park happened on Saturday, May
30. It was a relatively lively event—plenty of families and food, kid-type
activities, bicycle raffles, and bands. We were told we would be going on at
1:00, but didn’t actually get going until 2:30. We were, however, the first
band to play in the beer garden when it opened. And it’s always fun to play for
an audience, which was not huge, but very generous.
Most of the usual gang made it: Sam on bass and
trumpet, Gene on drums, Annie on vocals, Carl on trombone, Serdar and Greg on
guitars, Wes on tenor, and yours truly on alto. I won’t try to tell who played
all the solos, because I wasn’t keeping careful track.
We kicked things off with Take The A Train (I, 398), including a vocal by Annie. I got to
announce the next tune, There Will Never
Be Another You (I, 407), because it was my anniversary, and I played this
tune at my wedding reception. Next up, Annie sang Out of Nowhere (I, 318). Sam moved to trumpet as we pulled out the
arrangement of Four Brothers we have
occasionally practiced, though several of us ended up on parts with which we
were unfamiliar. We have work to do on that one. Next up was Annie’s rendering
of Why Do I Love You (II, 425). We wrestled
once again with the instrumental Dear Old
Stockholm (I, 102). We left it to Annie to call the last tune, and she
chose Satin Doll (I, 349).
Thanks for listening to us in the Park, everyone! We enjoyed playing for you.