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08/31 Fez Lunch
09/09 Dance Live
09/29 Fight Night
10/14 Dance Live
10/20 Food Caravan
10/27 Wild Game
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Monday's 7:00 PM - Dark: June, July & Auygust
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Happy 4th of July! I hope you get together with
friends and family to celebrate our independence
and take a moment to reflect on the courage
it took for our forefathers to enter into such a
campaign to become a free and sovereign nation.
Give a thought about the sacrifices made to win
this independence and the continuing sacrifices
still being made to keep it.
Parade season marches on and we are checking
off our appearances at local celebrations around
the state. The Concert Band made another
appearance in Waldport, a comparatively small
parade, but with huge enthusiasm. The band
was joined by a handful of local musicians that
love what the Shriners do and have a great time
filling out our harmonies. We really appreciate
their help and enjoy playing with them, and it
gives us a great local connection. Then there was
Tillamook, always a big, loud crowd lining a long
parade route. One of our favorites.
The Concert Band is now busy putting together
another concert for the Sandy Mountain Festival
coming up on July 15th. As you might guess, it
is in beautiful Sandy, Oregon. The whole town is
involved, with a carnival, vendors, entertainment of
all kinds. Our Band plays in Meinig Memorial Park
on the band stand overlooking a wandering stream
surrounded by rolling hills full of vendors’ booths
with art and food of all kinds. If you’ve never been
to this festival, pack-up the family and come out to
support the Concert Band, you’ll have a great time.
After the Sandy gig, the band will go dark until the
middle of September, with the exception of gathering
in Baker City in August for the East-West Football
Game and Shriners’ Parade. See you there.
Fine for now.
The parade season, when Shriners get to
demonstrate to thousands of onlookers just
how much fun it is to be part of this well
known organization. As of this writing the
Concert Band has performed in two of this
year’s parades; the weather has been very
comfortable, the crowds along the streets have
been large and welcoming. It’s while watching
the crowds watching us, that Shriners realize
how well know and greatly appreciated our
fraternity is; children’s faces light up from all the
excitement and color when they see the Shriners
approaching. Parents automatically break into a
big smile and wave as they shout, “Thanks for all
you do!” It just makes you proud and want to do
more to promote Shriners, doesn’t it? Thankfully
we have more parades coming this year.
By the time this message is published the
Potentates’ Ball will be a fresh, wonderful
memory of a grand evening. The Concert Band
is very pleased to have been asked to participate
in this military themed celebration. Many hours
of rehearsal, as a group and individually went
into preparing this performance; these hours
are not perceived as a task, but as enjoyable
time spent making music and being rewarded
with marked improvement in the final product.
The Concert Band was blessed with the
addition of friends and family to help fill out the
instrumentation required to have a full band
sound. Some of these players that “sit-in” with
us travel as long as three hours each direction
to attend rehearsals and performances; an effort
that is greatly appreciated by the band and all
who hear us play.
If Shriners International and Al Kader had not
adopted new rules a few years back that allows
non-Shriners to play in the bands, our band, like
most Shrine bands across the nation, would have
become extinct by now; or at best, be reduced
to an octet or quartet. There are very few Shrine
bands left, but we are fighting to keep them
going. Hopefully, in listening to your Al Kader
Concert Band, you might be inspired to pick-up
your old high school horn and join us. It doesn’t
take long to get back in the swing of things, and
the rewards are great. We need to see more
Fezzes in the band.
As mentioned in earlier articles, the first quarter of 2018 was busy for the Concert Band. We put together a very nice collection of songs that served us well at our public performances. But we can’t keep playing the same selections for too long, we don’t want people thinking they know what they’ll hear from us. Sure, there are some favorites that will be presented repeatedly throughout the year, such as our unofficial theme song (see the April article). But we need to keep our repertoire fresh so people that hear us play often don’t get tired of the “same old songs” – it’s the same for the musicians too. We need to be challenged and expanding our musical knowledge.
We are in that phase of the performance cycle right now that keeps us on our toes and improves our concentration. There is new music to learn and concerts to plan for. As much fun as it is to play pieces that are well rehearsed and very familiar, it is also fun to play through unfamiliar music for the first time, “sightreading,” and imagine how good it will sound after several rehearsals when we’ve all become comfortable with it. Picking out the tricky phrases and practicing them until you play them as written, then making them fit harmoniously and smoothly with the rest of the band – that’s the challenge and the pay-off.
Why do musicians keep playing? There are as many reasons as there are musicians, it’s a little different for everyone. But the common denominator is emotions – hearing music stirs some emotions in each of us every time, even if it’s just fragments of a song way off in the distance, or in your imagination. Actually playing music yourself intensifies those emotions – good or bad.
To quote the Laurie Riley music blog addressing the question, “Why do we play music:
“Because it’s beautiful, because it’s our passion, because it’s a way to communicate, because it gets us in touch with our emotions, because it gives us a way to challenge ourselves, because it connects us with others, because it’s therapeutic, and because it makes us smarter.”
Link those reasons with the Shriners’ great philanthropy and you know why members of the Al Kader Concert Band keep on playing!
Most performing bands have a theme song, at
least unofficially. Sometimes the theme is played
to signal a break or intermission between sets;
sometimes it is used as the closing song or even an
encore at the end of a performance. Some bands
are demanded by their audiences to play their most
popular song before ending a show; our band has
not experienced that, however.
But, the Al Kader Concert Band has nonchalantly,
and somewhat arbitrarily, adopted our own theme
song, and it is perfect for this band. We have been
using our special song to open our concerts and
programs in a way of introducing our group and
getting the crowd’s attention. This song starts loud
and fast and gets people excited, as any good march
will do. The part that makes this particular march
quite personal for our band is that it was written by
a Shriner for Shrine Bands; of course I’m referring
to Noble John Phillip Sousa and the Nobles of the
Mystic Shrine March.
Noble Sousa wrote
this piece for
the 1923 Shrine
D.C. During that
was a gathering
of Shrine Bands
from all points of
the nation, and
they formed a mass
band of over 2500
Can you imagine
thundering sound rising out of that stadium as John Phillip Sousa
conducted his tribute to Shriners everywhere?
I get filled with pride and excitement when playing
that march with our Al Kader Band; to be among
thousands of musicians on that day would have been
fantastic! I’ve been told that there were 3 or 4 Al
Kader players on that field under the direction of
Sousa. I bet they came home with some great stories,
and the bragging rights of having played under the
baton of America’s Master of the March!
Listen for our theme song next time you attend one of
Al Kader Concert Band’s performances.
Fine for now.
March already! That’s just alluding to the promise of spring, not a command to get ready for parade season; although our Director of Units is urging us all to start preparing for a summer full of attracting attention to the Shrine and the good things we support.
Actually, thinking about summer has been rather comforting during these past months of the rainy season. Hopefully all of you have been busy enough to be distracted from the liquid sunshine that blesses us so often and so thoroughly. The Concert Band has had a couple productive months since the installation of our new Potentate. We’ve been learning new music and dusting off some old favorites and creating an exciting concert line-up.
Last month the band was pleased to present an enjoyable program at Providence Elderplace Cully, a residential facility for seniors in the Cully district of Portland. We were invited to play there by an Al Kader Noble who lives there. He had read in the Oasis that the band is always looking for performance venues, so he contacted me and put me in touch with the facility manager and we started planning. This opportunity might develop into a chance for the Concert Band to bring the enjoyment of live music to many of our seniors that can’t easily get out to enjoy this type of entertainment. Providence Elderplace alone has eight locations in the Portland metro area. As good Shriner/Masons we should always be thinking of how we, as individuals and as Units and Clubs, can bring a little joy to our seniors.
Later this month the Concert Band will be participating in the Oregon Adult Band Festival in Molalla. We will be joined by five other bands from around the area for a day of band music and camaraderie between musicians, and bragging up the Shrine Philanthropy. If you like band music (and who doesn’t), come out to Molalla High School on March 17th and make a day of it. Wear your Fez!
Fine for now.
Happy New Year!
We hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season.
We like to include family and friends in our musical group and we have been able to share our Shriner-fun with many others with the hopes of building their interest in our organization. For the Kids’ Christmas Party in November we were joined by several friends and family members, some of which are pictured later in this column.
This is (part of) the Van Dyke family; I married one of them and gained them all. There were a couple other bell ringers, too, but they had to go take a nap before the picture was taken. If you look closely, Santa is in there someplace. (Not related, but plays a mean tuba). If you have family members that would like a place to play and join in the fun, even if it’s been years since they’ve played, we have a spot for them.
We are all wishing for a healthy and prosperous 2018 and for growth of our Shrine Family and increased success of our great philanthropy. Wishing works best when supported by planning and action; so let’s all plan and take action toward increasing our membership and the public visibility of Shriners. Let’s spread the message of the good works being done in health care and research by the wonderful staff and volunteers at all the Shriners Hospitals for Children and do our part to help increase their support. These are the reasons we are Shriners, no matter what Club or Unit you belong to. I’m sorry Mrs. Clavenworth; “...Club or Unit to which you belong.”
Speaking of having fun ... the Concert Band has already lined-up some performances for the New Year and are looking for more. Our Director, Jeff Hornick does a wonderful job of selecting music for our concerts and he gently guides us all to play harmoniously.
No pressure for re-starters. We play well with others!
Fine for now.
The Concert Band was privileged to perform background music during the Food Caravan gathering at the Shrine Center on October 21st. It’s always encouraging and exhilarating to witness the culmination of donations from across the Al Kader jurisdiction and the shared pride that comes from working in direct support of the Shrine philanthropy. This year’s “gathering of the harvest” was another great success in support of our hospital.
For the many years that these band articles were written by Noble Clem Norton his standard closing was always “Fine for now.” Is it just “Fine” as in “I’m fine, how are you?” Or is it something else?
Clem was a musician’s musician, and an eloquent communicator. And other musicians surely would recognize that Clem was not just saying “fine” as in OK. In musical terms, the Italian “Fine” is pronounced fee-nay, and means the end, the termination. I am proud to carry on Clem’s tradition and hope the closing makes more sense to you now. But, if you still want to stick with “Fine (OK) for now,” that’s alright, too.
Fall is securely upon us, outdoor activities have been restricted to the occasional “nice” days or when something absolutely must be taken care of before the real winter weather hits. The indoor tasks that have been ignored for the past several months because it was just “too nice a day” to be inside now demand your attention. But, there’s always a bright side; even when you can’t avoid cleaning out that basement closet you’ve been promising to get to for years. You just might happen across that old clarinet you played in high school (substitute flute, trumpet, saxophone, drum, whatever). Mostly to postpone the closet cleaning, you try blowing a few notes through that old horn. OK, not like the old days, but you still remember the basics. That’s all it takes to ignite that interest in playing with a group of friends again, enjoying the harmonies and once in awhile carrying the melody. Remember the thrill of blending with the band?
The Al Kader Concert Band is open to Shriners, Shriners’ spouses, kids, grandkids, and friends. If you haven’t played in many years, this is an enjoyable, no-pressure group to easily get your musical chops playing again. One Shriner family member that plays with the band relates the experience of sitting down with the band after 40 years of not playing, this person was told by a long-time band member to play only the notes she likes. Now, she likes most of the notes on the page.
If you, or someone you know, would like to regain the thrill of creating music with close friends, just contact anyone from the Concert Band or the Al Kader office. We have openings for all standard band instruments.
The Concert Band has recently returned to the Jennings-McCall Masonic Home to, once again, perform for an enthusiastic audience. In addition to playing for many events at the Al Kader Shrine Center, the band enjoys playing for audiences of all sorts around the metro area. If you know of a group that would enjoy a concert of marches, show tunes, oldies, and popular music, we would love to entertain them. Noble Clem Norton always said, “A busy band is a happy band.”
The 2017 parade season has come to a close and Al Kader Shriners have been well represented throughout the jurisdiction. The Concert Band was pleased to attend many of the parades and presented uplifting, toe-tapping tunes for the enjoyment of the crowds lining the streets.
Every Shriner stands a little straighter and his chest fills with pride each time a parade watcher waves enthusiastically and shouts, “Thank You.” You know those people understand what the Shriners do and why we bring our colorful, noisy, excitement to their hometowns. And if they are animated enough to scream their thanks into the parade, they most certainly are sharing their stories of how a Shriner or our hospitals helped them or their family or someone they know. That’s one of the best ways we have of getting the Shriners’ message about our hospitals out to the people; that’s why PARADES ARE IMPORTANT.
Through Noble Dean Mickelson, a fine trumpet player from Newport, the Concert Band was specifically invited to participate in the Waldport Beachcomber Days parade on June 17th. We were able to take a small group of musicians down there, but we were joined by enough local musicians to nearly fill the band wagon. We met some new friends and created a great sound; and once again received many cheers and “Thank You’s” from the crowd. Being a rather short parade, the organizers put us in near the front of the parade. After completing the route we circled around and joined again near the end of the parade. And once again, received many cheers and “Thank You’s” from the crowd. When the local newspaper came out several days later we learned the Al Kader Shrine Concert Band had been awarded the Grand Marshall’s Choice Award. The local musicians had such a good time that some of them joined us the following weekend in Tillamook.
Yes, it’s been a good parade season and the Concert Band sends a big Thank You to the Nobles who helped us out by driving our tow vehicle through the parades. And a giant THANK YOU to Noble Les Geren and Lady Kathy for getting the band wagon to all the parades and back again.
Clem Norton passed away October 1st, 2016 at age 85.
He was an active musician having started with clarient at an early age and later adding saxaphone.
The Shriners Concert and Dance Band gave him pleasure in his arranging much of the music which will be distributed
to troups for their use. Your suggestions on this would be greatly appreciated.
Clem leaves his wife Bev of 59 years. They had a family of two daughters, Linda and Joyce and Steven Haworth
with their three sons.
Donations may be contributed to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Clem’s service is tentatively scheduled for November 8th.
Thank you, Bev Norton
On Sunday, July 10, the Concert Band, in its Dance Band configuration, traveled to Sandy, Oregon, where we performed for their annual Sandy
Mountain Festival. Set in beautiful Meinig Park surrounded by douglas fir and cedar trees, we presented a two-hour program of dance band
literature. This is the 10th year that we have been coming here, and we always enjoy this occasion. After the concert, we went to Les
and Kathy Geren’s home and were treated to a great steak feed.
More Band news next month. Fine for now.
The Concert Band traveled to Jennings McCall Center in Forest Grove on June 11 where, under the direction of our leader, Jeff Hornick, we presented to the
residents a one-hour concert of Broadway show tunes, songs from the Swing Era, some German oompah selections and a couple of marches, including Noble John
Phillip Sousa’s “Nobles Of The Mystic Shrine.” The audience, numbering about 100 attendees, was very appreciative of our efforts and were most generous
with their applause after each selection. We have been asked to return there in the near future, which we certainly shall.
The Band was featured at the Veterans Social honoring those who served in the Armed Forces on June 18 at the Wilsonville Shrine Center The audience was
welcomed by I.S. Warren Gray, ‘12, followed by the opening prayer by Noble Kenton Wolfe, Temple Chaplain, as we very quietly played the “Navy Hymn” behind him.
This was followed by the presentation of the Colors by the Al Kader Legion Of Honor and the Al Kader Patrol. The audience then rose and sang as we
played the National Anthem. Noble Brian Williams then took over as Narrator, explaining that the first music a new recruit in the military heard
was “Reveille,” where upon three of Al Kader’s trumpet players, Brandon Van Dyke, Peter Ohlmann, and Jeff Hornick played their version of that old
bugle call, followed by a spirited performance of Leroy Anderson’s “Bugler’s Holiday.” Noble Williams then went on and told of our country’s various
conflicts, starting with the Revolutionary War and continuing through Operation Desert Storm. The Band played a short excerpt of each song representing
that military action.
Noble Dennis Harris then succeeded Noble Brian as Narrator and told of the formation of each of the five Branches,and the entry of women into the
Services. Next was told the history of each Branch’s song. After each Branch song was introduced, the Band would play that song and invite all members
of that particular Branch to stand as a Legion Of Honor member would bring that Branch’s flag up to the front of the room. Noble Williams then returned
to the microphone and gave a very beautiful and moving presentation in remembrance of those who made the Supreme Sacrifice and for those family members
who were left behind. Taps was played. The audience was then asked to stand and sing “God Bless America,” after which we played Noble Sousa’s “the
Stars And Stripes Forever,” which concluded the program.
In the many years that the Band has traveled to Tillamook to participate in their Dairy Days Parade, I have always marveled at the number of spectators
who turn out for this event. June 25 was certainly true to form. From where we joined the parade at Goodspeed Park until we reached the end, I estimate
some one and a half miles, there were people lined up 2, often 3 and sometimes 4 deep on both sides of the street. I am told that this parade is the
third most attended parade in the State, bested only by the Rose Festival’s Grand Floral and Starlight parades.
As our Bandwagon rolled down the street , we were greeted all along the parade route with waves and smiles as we played selections such as “76
Trombones” and “Rock Around The Clock,” among others. It’s always fun to come to Tillamook!
The Band wishes our member and Band VicePresident Peter Ohlmann the very best as he moves away to Charlotte, N.Carolina. We are very sorry to
see him leave--he has been a stalwart in our trumpet section for several years, for which we thank him very much. Al Kader’s loss will be a gain
for whatever Shrine Center is in Charlotte.
The Shrine Picnic is coming up on Sunday, August 28, The Band invites anyone who plays a standard band instrument to come and sit in with us. The
music is not difficult and the camaraderie is first rate. Bring a music stand if you have one, or you can look on with somebody else. The Picnic
opens at 11:00, and we will probably play shortly after that. Fine for now.
The Concert Band had no performances during
May, but we spent the time preparing for a June
concert at the Jennings McCall Center and for
the June 18 Veterans social, both of which will be
reported upon in next Month’s Oasis. Fine for
“Music is the universal language of Mankind.”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Concert Band, under our director, Jeff Hornick,
spent the month of March preparing for future
engagements, which includes the Potentate’s Ball, the
Newport Parade, the Military Social and a concert at
Jennings McCall. These and other appearances will
be reported on in succeeding Oasis issues. Fine for
The Concert Band, under our director, Jeff
Hornick, played to a very large and quite receptive
audience at the Potentate’s Ball held April 23 at the
Wilsonville Shrine Center. We performed for over
an hour during the oasis, presenting a program of
show tunes, novelty numbers and a few marches.
We then played for the March-In of the Divan and
their Ladies, the presentation of the Colors by the
Patrol, and the singing of the National Anthem.
On Saturday, April 30, we traveled to Newport for
their annual Loyalty Day Parade. We usually carry
slickers and other rain gear to ward off the wet
weather that often occurs here, but we got fooled
this time -- The sun came out and shined brightly
on us for the whole parade route. Along with
the sun, there were hundreds of spectators who
also came out for us and lined the sidewalks and
cheered us on as our 30-foot Bandwagon rolled
down the street. Between tunes, we would wave
at the crowds and especially at the little ones, who
almost always waved back. A very nice time in
Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 18, when
the Concert Band takes part in presenting the
Veterans Social. We will outline the history of our
Armed Forces, the origins of their Branch Songs
and other historical events. There will also be
some very special guests there that we will all be
proud of. If you were in the Military and have any
part of your old uniform left, please wear it if it still
fits. (My Air Force necktie still fits perfectly.)
Oasis is at 5:30, the program begins at 6:00, and
the fried chicken dinner is at 7:00. Fine for now.
February proved to be a slow month for the
Band with no performances to play, but our
Director, Jeff Hornick, rehearsed us on material
for up-coming concerts, one of which will be an
appearance at the Jennings/ McCall Center in
April. We have been going there for many years,
and we always receive a very warm response from
the nearly 100 residents attending.
The Concert Band has vacancies in all sections. If
you play a standard band instrument, we have a
chair for you. Been a while since you played?
We have players with us who had laid off for over
30 years or more and are now again playing. Your
chops DO come back! Know a Brother Mason
who plays or did play? He would receive a warm
welcome. Have a relation who also plays or did
play? Imperial Regulations now allow these family
members to participate. Enjoy the camaraderie
of fellow musicians making music together? The
Concert Band is where you will find this. We do
not march in parades--- we ride in style on our
30-foot band wagon complete with chairs and
music stands. We rehearse most Mondays at the
Wilsonville Shrine Center from 7:00 to 9:00.
Call our President, Noble Jeff Zimmerman,
503-359-1927 or myself, Noble Clem Norton, 503-
659-3459 for some more information on how to be
a part of our Busy Band. Fine for now.
The Concert Band held its annual band dinner
on January 18 at the Wilsonville Shrine Center,
with thirty-one Nobles, Ladies and guests in
attendance. After a fine dinner served by Jennifer
Moyer, Dan Moyer and Barbara Hammer, our
2016 Band officers were sworn into office by I.S.
John Nerski, assisted by our Divan Representative
Noble High Priest and Prophet Todd Weedman.
Serving the Band for next year will be Nobles
Jeff Zimmerman, President; Peter Ohlmann,
Vice President; Les Geren, Secretary/Treasurer;
Carson Bailey, Chaplain; Clem Norton, Librarian;
and Carson Bailey, Assistant Librarian.
A report was given about the Band’s 2015
activities, which included 19 engagements by the
Concert Band (of which 6 were parades), 3 by the
Dance Band and 1 by the Bavarian Band, for a
total of 23 engagements.
To prepare for these performances, the various
groups held 31 rehearsals. Multiplying the
average attendance by the number of players by
the number of engagements and rehearsals by the
number of hours for each activity, we have a total
of 1,673 hours devoted to providing Al Kader with
Future plans include appearances at locations such
as Jennings/McCall and others. Our Director, Jeff
Hornick, is bringing up new music to prepare us
for these activities, and we are looking forward to
a great musical year.
A Busy Band Is A Happy Band! Fine for now.
December proved to be a busy month for
the Concert Band. Our first engagement was
December 13, when we played for the King City
Civic Association at their clubhouse. We have
been playing for them for several years, and we
again presented a program of light classical,
selections, some Broadway show tunes and
a couple of marches under the very capable
direction of our leader, Jeff Hornick. It being the
Holiday season, the audience joined us in a singalong
of some Christmas carols.
On December 19, we performed for the Shrine
Christmas Ball, where we played holiday
selections for the Oasis, the March-In of the Divan
members, the presentation of the Colors and the
On January 2, we played for the Installation of
the Al Kader Divan. The performance was very
similar to the December 19 program with two
differences: When IS Tom Bland and his Lady
Kathy marched in, we played their favorite
song, “A Time For Us,” which is the theme song
from the motion picture, “Romeo And Juliet.”
Since Chief Rabban John Nerski is a former
Leatherneck, when it was his and Lady Pat’s turn
to enter, we played “The Marine’s Hymn.”
More news about our activities next month. Fine
The Concert Band, under our Director, Jeff
Hornick, performed for John Nerski’s Chief
Rabban’s Night on November 7 at the Wilsonville
Shrine Center. We played a concert during the
Oasis, followed by the March-In of the Divan,
the presentation of the Colors, and the National
Anthem. John then outlined his coming year for
us, and we are all looking forward to having a
great time with him in 2016.
Kids! Toys! Kids! Presents! Kids! Cookies!
Kids! Parents! More Kids! And a certain rotund
gentleman in a red suit. This all added up to Al
Kader’s Children’s Christmas Party on November
28, which was jointly sponsored by the Wilsonville
Chamber Of Commerce and Al Kader. It was a
full house, starting at 10:00 AM. My guess is that
we had over 250 people in attendance. At any
given time, there were at least 25 or 30 lined up
to see Santa Claus. The Band played in half-hour
segments with fifteen minute breaks in between.
By the time the party was over at 2:00 PM, our lips
knew that they had had a work-out. Which is what
we are all about.
December will see us at the Christmas Ball on the
19th, and on January 2, we will play for the 2016
Installation of Al Kader’s Divan. Fine for now.
The Concert Band helped welcome the Nobles
and Ladies who made the lengthy trek from
Eastern, Central and Southern Oregon for
the annual Food Caravan on October 17 at the
Wilsonville Shrine Center.
We played a concert during the Oasis and then
played the March-In of Divan members and their
Ladies, the presentation of the Colors and the
The Band is looking forward to more activities for
the rest of the year and will be reported upon in
these columns. Fine for now.
The Band was featured at the Armed Forces
Tribute program presented August 22 at the
Wilsonville Shrine Center. The audience
was welcomed by Noble Carl Thompson, 1st
Ceremonial Master, followed by the opening
prayer by Noble Carson Bailey, Temple Chaplain
(and Band clarinetist) as we very quietly played
the “Navy Hymn” behind him. This was followed
by the presentation of the Colors by the Al Kader
Legion Of Honor and the Al Kader Patrol. The
audience then stood and sang as we played the
National Anthem. I.S. Tom Bland took over
as Narrator and told of our Country’s various
conflicts, starting with the Revolutionary War
and continuing through Desert Storm. The Band
played a short excerpt of each song representing
that military action. Noble Art Hermanson, High
Priest And Prophet, then succeeded I.S. Tom as
Narrator and told of the formation of each of the
five Branches, and of the entry of women into the
Services. Next was told the history of each of
the Branch’s song. After each Branch song was
introduced, the Band would play that song and
invite all members of that particular Branch to
stand as a Legion Of Honor member would bring
in that Branch’s flag up to the front of the room.
After all five flags were in the room, the audience
was asked to stand and sing, “God Bless America,”
after which the Legion Of Honor marched out
with their flags to “The Stars And Stripes Forever,”
which concluded the program.
The sky was dark and gloomy and the raindrops
were heavily falling early on that last Sunday
in August, and things did not bode well for
the Shrine Family Picnic to be held that day at
Oaks Park in Portland. But! Lo and Behold.!
Our prayers were answered! The Sun came out
about Noon, dried everything off, and raised
everybody’s spirits, resulting in a great family
afternoon. The Band played for about 45 minutes,
filling the air with our joyful music. One of the
attendees was Trudy Gavette, whose father,
George Meir, was our Band’s Bass Drummer for
32 years. He never once missed a rehearsal or a
The summer was hot and so was the Concert
Band as it played around the State in various
On July 12, in our Dance Band configuration, we
traveled to Sandy’s beautiful Meinig Park, where
we took part in their annual Sandy Mountain
Festival. This was the 10th year that we have
played for this group, under tall fir trees, a stream
going by, and hundreds of listeners who heard us
through speakers through out the Park. After our
concert, we went to Les and Kathy Geren’s home
for a feast of bar-b-que.
On August 1, we traveled over to Baker City for
the East-West football game. We began the day
with a parade sending musical cheer thru the
city streets on a flat-bed truck owned by Donn
Christie, who also provided us with a bus from
the Sunridge Motel to the parade and back to the
Motel again. Donn, who owns Superior Towing in
Baker City, has been doing this for us for the past
8 or 10 years, and he and his crew look forward
every year to do this for us. After a great lunch,
where we played by the pool, it was time to go to
the game, but our bus had broken down, and
Donn had to borrow one, which turned out to
be an old prison bus used to haul offenders to
the lock-up. Of course, everybody in town knew
what the bus was, but we just put on our Fezes
and waved out the windows at them. (Note--this is
not the first time the Band has been transported
in a paddy wagon, which will be another story in
another column.) At the game, we played for the
entrance of the Nobility and the players, then took
our place in the stadium playing for touchdowns
and time-outs. The Cheer Leaders really liked us
and we had them dancing every time we played.
Once again the Black Camel has visited one of our
Band Members. Noble Don Stuart was called to
Eternal Life on September 10. Don was a trumpet
player with the band for several years before
poor health made it no longer possible to be with
us. He will be remembered as the architect and
builder of our Band Wagon, upon which we ride
proudly in parades. His Lady Louise made a nice
contribution to our hospital in his memory.
The Band was pleased to play at the reception for
Most Worshipful Brother Don Stapleton, Grand
Master of Masons in Oregon on October 3 at
the Wilsonville Shrine Center. We played just
prior to and after the dinner, and received many
compliments for our contribution.
The Band has some more up-coming dates, which
will be reported upon in these pages. Fine for now.
TO: Al Kader Cyclowns
FROM: Al Kader Oriental Band Drivers
To Jerry, Walt, Ray, Stan and Patrick. The drivers
of the Oriental Band Float wish to accept your
most generous offer of ten-hours of driving
lessons as were offered in the August 2015 Oasis.
We want the first two-hour lesson to be conducted
in The Dalles at the Cherry Blossom Parade in
Of course we expect the lessons to be conducted
on our equipment, the Beautiful Flying Carpet
Oriental Band Motorized Float. We realize the
powerful V-8 engine is a bit more than your little
50cc scooters that you buzz around on but we are
sure that you will be able to “tame the beast.” And
don’t let the 3-speed automatic transmission or
the 2-speed transfer case confound you as we are
willing to help you over that hurdle.
During the course of the parade you will teach us
how to avoid your compatriots who will be buzzing
around and in front of you. We have also arranged
to have the Desert Patrol doing their maneuvers
in your path. Just to add to the excitement and
enable you to show us your true driving skills. All
of this will occur while 24 bandsmen are playing
loudly right behind you and will be shouting
instructions to you about where to turn or when to
We had invited The Ladies Of The Nile to do their
“Dance of the Veils” alongside the Float but they
declined as they considered it too dangerous to be
around ‘unqualified’ drivers.
Follow-on lessons are planned for Newport,
Sheridan, St. Helens, and Tillamook.
See you in The Dalles in 2016.
The Concert Band in its parade configuration hit
the streets in force during the month of June. We
first traveled to Sheridan on June 13, where we
helped I.S. Tom Bland show off his Temple to his
home town Lodge there. The following Saturday,
June 20, we appeared at the St. Helens parade,
after which we enjoyed lunch at the Columbia
County Shrine Club building. Then on June 27,
we traveled over to the coast to be in Tillamook’s
annual Dair y Days parade. Our Bandwagon rolled
down the streets spreading good cheer and lively
music to the many spectators lining the curbs.
The annual Shrine Family Picnic is coming up on
Sunday, August 30 and the Band, following a many
years-long tradition, invites family members and
friends who play a standard band instrument to sit
in with us. We start playing at 12:00 Noon and go
for about 45 minutes playing some pop tunes and
a few marches. You will need a music stand if you
have one, or look on with somebody else.
Clothes pins would also be handy. We will are
looking for ward to having you join in with us. If
you have any questions, please call
Clem Norton at 503-659-3459. Fine for now.
The Concert Band played for the Spring
Ceremonial on May 9, which was in honor of
myself attending another Al Kader Ceremonial
some 61 years ago. I can only say that I am indeed
humbled by this, and very appreciative of the
Noble made it happen, I.S. Tom Bland, to whom
I extend my deepest thanks. The Band did an
excellent job of playing my musical arrangements
prior to the Ritualistic section, and the many well-
wishers who came up to me were very heartening.
Thank you all!
At this writing, the Band has four more parades
to do this season, which will be reported upon in
Don’t forget the Shrine Family Picnic on Sunday,
August 30 at Oaks Park, where family members
and friends who play a band instrument are invited
to sit in with us to play a few fun tunes. More
details next month. Fine for now.
More Busy Days for the Busy Al Kader Concert
Band. On April 18, the Band, in its Dance Band
configuration, played for the Spring Fling Social
at the Wilsonville Shrine Center. We were on
after dinner, playing a selection of dance tunes,
including the favorite of I.S. Tom Bland and Lady
Kathy, “A Time For Us,” the love song from the
motion picture, “Romeo And Juliet.”
We traveled to The Dalles on April 25 to take
part in the annual Cherry Blossom Parade. Our
bandwagon rolled down the streets as we played
many enjoyable tunes for the by-standers.
On May 2, we took our bandwagon to Newport
for their Loyalty Day parade. Someone forgot
to tell whoever controls the weather in Newport
that we were coming because, for a change, we
rode under sunny skies, not the usual torrential
downpour. Rain or shine, the folks on the curbs
always give us a great welcome.
More parades on our call sheet include those in
Sheridan, St. Helens and Tillamook, which will be
reported upon in this column.
Mark your calendars: The Shrine Family Picnic
is scheduled for Sunday, August 30 back at Oaks
Park in Portland. The Band cordially invites all
those who play a standard band instrument to
join in with us. This includes wives, sweethearts
(but not both!), kids, nephews, nieces, brothers,
sisters, guests--you name it. You can even bring
along your goofy old Uncle Kadiddlehopper with
his double-belled slide contraltophone. The music
is not hard--Hal Leonard pop tunes and marches.
More details will be forth coming.
More Busy Band news next month. Fine for now.
“A Busy Band is a Happy Band,” a phrase that
has been often repeated in these columns over
the years, and the Concert Band was certainly
busy during the month of March. We began on
March 8 with providing the Musical Prelude to the
installation of officers of Nydia Temple No. 4,
Daughters Of The Nile, at the Wilsonville Shrine
Center. As Queen Laurel Winchester received
her crown, Noble Peter Ohlmann played “Climb
Every Mountain” on his trumpet, accompanied by
Noble Clement Norton on piano.
March 7 found us in the very chilly garage of
Shriners Hospital playing for the arrival of
their 3 new vans. As the vehicles rolled in, we
welcomed them with lively tunes, along with the
Oriental Band, with which we took turns playing.
We played the National Anthem, and a chaser as
everybody left at the conclusion of the event.
On March 21, we played a concert of show
tunes prior to the opening of the Potentates Ball,
followed by the March-In of The Divan and their
Ladies, the presentation of the Colors and the
National Anthem. A highlight of the March-In
was when Illustrious Sir Tom Bland and his Lady
Kathy made their entrance, we played one of
Kathy’s favorite songs to march in to, “A Time For
Us,” from the motion picture, “Romeo And Juliet.”
I.S. Tom had asked us to play this but to keep it
secret and surprise Kathy with it.
Coming events for the Band include the Spring
Fling Social on April 18 and several parades, all of
which will be reported upon in these columns.
Should you know of a Mason who is not a Shriner
and plays a standard band instrument, we have
a chair for him. Please call our President, Jeff
Zimmerman at (503) 359-1927 or myself, Clem
Norton at (503) 659-3459 if you know of somebody.
The three-piece combo playing at a local bar
was so bad that when a waiter dropped a tray of
glasses, four couples got up to dance. Fine for
The Concert Band wound up the year on
December 13, when we played for the Temple
Christmas Party and Honors Social. We began
the evening with an hour-long concert of holiday
selections, and then we played the march-in of the
Divan, the presentation of the Colors by the Patrol,
and the playing of our National Anthem.
We began 2015 on January 3 with the installation
of Al Kader’s offi
cers. After a concert of show
tunes and other selections, we played for the
march-in of the 2014 Divan, followed by the
Colors presentation by the Patrol and the playing
of the National Anthem. After dinner, we played
for the march-in of the 2015 Divan, who were
then duly installed. We were handicapped by the
absence of eight or our key players due to medical
problems, but those remaining turned in a stellar
performance for a very successful evening.
The Band thanks I.S. Dave Johnson for all the fi
support of us during his year as Potentate. We
look forward to an equally pleasant year in 2015
with I.S. Tom Bland.
January was a slow month performance-wise for
the Band, but the big event of the month for us
was our annual Band Dinner, which we held on
January 26 at the Wilsonville Shrine Center. We
had 35 Nobles, Ladies and guests in attendance,
which included Guests of Honor I.S. Tom Bland
and his Lady Kathy. After dinner, I.S. Bland
installed the following 2015
cers: President, Noble Jeff Zimmerman;
Vice President, Noble Peter Ohlmann; Secretary/
Treasurer, Noble Les Geren; Chaplain, Noble
Carson Bailey; Librarian, Noble Clem Norton;
Asst. Librarian, Noble Carson Bailey. We in the
Band are looking forward to a busy year with a
new Potentate and a new corps of offi
Speaking of a busy year, at this writing the Band
has 11 fi
rm engagements and 3 pending ones on
tap for 2015. As has been stated in these columns
many times, “A Busy Band Is A Happy Band.”
Finally for January, our Brother Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg on January
27, l756. Fine for now.
Sleigh Bells jangled! Silver Bells rang! Jingle Bells Rocked! Santa
Claus Came To Town! Mommy Kissed Santa Claus! And Rudolph
led the way, as the Concert Band, decked out in red Santa Claus
hats, provided a two-hour concert of holiday music at the November
29th Children's Christmas Party. This year, Al Kader teamed
up with the Wilsonville Chamber Of Commerce to present the 1st
Annual Santa's Winter Wonderland, and it was an outstanding
success! The room was filled with cookie-munching children
getting their faces painted, receiving balloons, and talking to a
certain bearded gentleman in a red suit. We in the Band had a
great time, and we are looking forward to do it all again next year.
A scheduling problem arose for our Christmas concert at the
Jennings/ McCall Center. We have had to move our performance
date forward to the spring. This will be reported upon when the
Next up on our calendar is the Christmas Party and Honors Social
on December 13th and the installation of Shrine Officers on
As my jazz-playing friends are fond of saying, "Hey man, like
have a Cool Yule and a Frantic First." Fine for now.
October 18 marked the 60th anniversary of the Al Kader annual
Eastern, Central and Southern Oregon Food Caravan, and the
Concert Band was there to help with the festivities. As the weary
travelers relaxed at the 5:30 PM Oasis, our Director, Jeff Hornick,
led the Band in a one-hour concert which brought much enthusiastic
applause from our audience. We then played for the
March-In, the presentation of the Colors by the Patrol Color
Guard, the singing of our National Anthem, and the retirement of
the Color Guard. After the concert, we were the recipients of
many compliments on our playing.
Next up on our calendar is the Children's Christmas Party, a
Christmas concert at Jennings/McCall, and the 2015 Installation
of Shrine Officers. Fine for now.
The sun shone brightly as the Concert Band played for the Al Kader Family picnic held on September 20 at Champoeg State
Park. We opened the ceremonies by playing the Patrol in with the Colors and performing the National Anthem. After the welcoming
remarks, we played the Patrol out and then played for about 45 minutes some selections from our "Pop" Book. Many thanks to
the Oriental Band for letting us play off of their trailer.
Sadly, once again the Black Camel has visited the Concert Band. On September 29, Noble Francis E, Mills was called to Eternal
Light. Frank became a Noble in 1992 as a vocalist with the Al Kader Chanters. When that group disbanded in 1998, he joined
the Band in the trumpet section, where he renewed his old friendship with Noble Earl Barton, with whom he had played with
in the band at Portland's Jefferson High School. Frank seldom ever missed a rehearsal or a performance, until his recent illness
prevented his attendance. He was a Past Master, and for many years Secretary, of Portland Lodge #55. His big smile and dry wit
will be missed.
The Band is preparing for the coming Food Caravan, the Children's Christmas Party, a Christmas concert at Jennings
McCall and the 2015 installation of Al Kader officers. Fine for now.
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08/25 Family Picnic
08/27 Stated Meet
08/31 Fez Lunch
09/09 Dance Live
09/29 Fight Night
10/14 Dance Live
10/20 Food Caravan
10/27 Wild Game