Lakes Band,

Congrats on a fantastic performance Tuesday night. Like so many others, I was impressed with your performance. So many great comments. And the hall itself was terrific as well. Acoustically, aesthetically and size it’s a perfect hall for us and the balcony proved to be a hit. A great start to the season and to the City of Lakes Band.

American Salute was solid as the opener. Heart of the Morn was a highlight. I’m pleased with how much you did with Hamilton and Star! exceeded expectations. The whole concert was very good, but there were some moments that were truly special. Remarkable when you consider the difficulty of the program and the short and truncated rehearsal time. And the band LOOKED great. Very professional all around. Again, it is an absolute pleasure to be associated with the band and each of you. CoLB is a very special thing.

With apologies to those I will miss, here goes some acknowledgements:

Everyone who brought that great crowd in. Especially to those who passed out programs.

All that helped set up and tear down, especially with limited time. Many hands make light work.

Our Soloists: Ann Flute, Emily Clarinet, Sara Bassoon, Betsy Alto, Jason Trumpet, Nick Trumpet (not brothers), Adam Trombone, Andrew Trombone (are brothers), Margie Timpani.

Kudos to our bassoon trio. Never has a community band had such a great section.

Kudos to the trombones for a very strong performance overall.

Mitch for your performance.

Kelly for covering the keyboard parts.

All those who pitched in to cover percussion. We could not have done much of this music without you.

Margie and Megan for the pr and program.

Jason for cueing the loons.

The board for all their work and planning.

And everyone else that I forgot!

After that big program and before our ‘heavier’ March concert, we are going to take time to enjoy some light Christmas music. I’m excited to share it with you at our reading session this coming Tuesday.

Make it a great weekend,