Paper Bag #27 ~ June 29, 2004
Mulcahy's ~ Wantagh , LI, NY
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• 253 participants • 63 songs •
Instrumentation: Mike Guido, Tony Rome, 6 Cheese Calzones, 13 vocalists, 12 guitars, 5 keyboards, 5 harmonicas, 7 horns, 6 basses, 14 percussionists, 83 crew members, 70 ladies auxiliary, 33 on the Group W Bench
Highlights: Earth Wind & Fire's September "Ba-de-ya-de-ye-de-ya". Too many songs! Scotto and the Calzones with School's Out for Summer. We don't make it to the wheel.

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The Players
Name
Years in the Bag
Bag 27 Name Bag 27 #
Our Founder   click here for photos of Our Founder 
Mike Guido
27
GUIDO
52
Tony Rome & the Cheese Calzones   click here for photos of The Calzones
Scott Savitt Sect. Ldr
21
  How many roads must a man take?
Marianne Barton Sect. Ldr 25 DOUBLE CHEESE 47
Mary McAndrews Sect. Ldr 24
CHZCALZONE MOM
24 WONDERFUL YEARS
Judy Davis 23
HEAD CHEESE
1
Beth Jewell 23
FETA
23
Judy Ammar 18
TOMMY’S WIFE
2
Laura French 12
CHEZZIE
18
Ali Bardeguez 3
BROADWAY CHEESE BAGETTE
11
Vocalists     click here for photos of the vocalists
Tony Barca Sect. Ldr
15
THE OLD DUDE
P90X
Jim Small
24
MICKEY
7
Phil Reilly
19
JUST REILLY
15
Allen Santoriello
18
WILSON
11
Paul Weber
14
DENTIST DUDE
69
Pete Scully
12
LOVE MONKEY
12 YEARS
Barbara Klein
11
BARBARA, BARBARA, BARBARA KLEIN - I HEARD YOU SING - YOU WERE DIVINE . . .
 
Joan Pollock
11
ABIGAIL
1/3/04
Mike Russo
11
BACH TO ROCK TEACHER
 
Annie Santoriello
10
MAMA ANNA
77
Dawnette Darden
5
SUN
7
Denise Corazón
4
SHUTTERBABE
23
Lee Thompson
3
VAGITARIAN
68
Paul Esposito
ROOKIE
ESPOSITO
35
Guitarland  click here for photos of the guitars
Joe Anziano Sect. Ldr
26
JOEY
<fedora>
Mike Cummings Sect. Ldr
22
FIR BOIG
<<harp beer logo>>
Dave Morris
19
FOR PEACE KILL ALL TERRORISTS
11
Mark Coffee
16
THE T SHIRT GURU
46
Mike Nugent
16
MOONMAN
<moon>
Mike Flyntz
15
FLYNTZ
.010
Patrick Cummings
14
CUMMINGS
9/11
Tom Pecoraro
10
PEDAL RACKS
2
Joe Scollo
10
SCOLLO
00
Phil Antonucci
10
NOODLES
B#
Greg Zant
7
FLYING CHIP
8
Gus Karras
2
AMP FRYER
12
Johnny Cola
ROOKIE
I PLAY LOUD
10!!
Keyboard Ghetto  click here for photos of the keyboardists
Gary Quenqua Sect. Ldr
26
 
Q
Larry Ketchell Sect. Ldr
17.5
DADDY-O III
III
Ed Lesco
21
THE PROFESSOR
7 or 8
Joe Samuels
18
ROAST BEEF
$19.20/lb
Keith Hill
ROOKIE
FH ROOKIE
1
Horn Section  click here for photos of the horns
Val Angrosini Sect. Ldr
20
Cleftomaniac/Always in Treble
5/4
John Boyle
24
SAX EDUCATION
25
Ron Fox
18
CHOPS
8va
Lenny La Pinta
18
LEMPT=RICO ROYALE
3 1/2
Ron Aprea
7
CRAZY FINGERS
11
Jason Chapman
6
JASON
14A4
Frank Rizzo
4
MR. RIZ
7#11
Frank Rizzo
3
MR. RIZ 7#11
Harp Section    click here for photos of the harps
Paul Shields Sect. Ldr  27
PABLO
53
Joe Santino Sect. Ldr 16
RHYTHM & HUES
f 5.6
Jim Small 24
MICKEY
7
John Boyle 24
SAX EDUCATION
25
George Ranzette 15
ART CARNEY
99...98...97...
Joe Gander 8
GOOSE
00
Basses      click here for photos of the basses
Jim Myers Sect. Ldr 20
D.I.L.L.I.G.A.F.
51
Joe Dehler
15
KOKOMO JOE
1956
Tom Flyntz
15
PAPA TO BE
<bass clef symbol>
Mark Cimino
10
CYALAYTA
6
Lester Saldinger
9
children of a
LESTER god
George Panos
4
MORE BASS
44
Percussionists  click here for photos of the percussionists
Scott Kistenberger Sect. Ldr 27
ELVIN JONES
3
Jimmy Varelas
21
JIMMYTHEGREEK
48
Vin Cimino
16
AHR . . . MARON
33
Linda Mackley
14
MACK
42602
Pete Lazos
12
SPOOKY
 
Billy Onesios
11
RUFF ‘N’ ROLL
57
Shawn Murray
9
GROOVESLAVE
4/4
Cliff Hackford
8
TEREKETE
 
Brendan O’ Keefe
7
AREA
51
Chris Hart
5
CRISPY
10
Don Larsen
3
SCHLAGZEUG
18
Keith Lombardozzi
3
DOZZI
420
Steve Krucher
2
QUE PASO
11
Ben Greenspan
1
IT’S MY FIRST TIME
 
Technical Staff     click here for photos of the staff
Sound
Phrögk Perlman Sect. Ldr
26
PHRÖGK
17250
Tom Heinisch 17
LI SOUND GUY
42 hz
Lee Gordon
18
LEISURE LIMO
45
Scott Hartmann
15
MID FREQ
15
Rich Rahner
9
SOUNDUDE
15
Chip Sciacca
8
EXPEDITOR
8
Lights
Greg Hebel Sect. Ldr 25 HEBEL 47
Photos      
Bill Mason Sect. Ldr 20 BILBO 3791
Joe Santino 16 RHYTHM & HUES f 5.6
Gene Martin 9 LEICA MAN M6
Video      
Steve Porcelli 5 EKOGUY 39
Ralph Porcelli
17
MUTHACRISPA 42
Ralph Esposito
17
SPOMAN 911
John Malloy
3
SPECIAL FX 45
Steve Mecca
ROOKIE
MECCA MAN 2
Mr. Guido's Personal Staff     click here for photos of the staff
Mr. Guido's Valet      
Jim Mola Sect. Ldr 20 1/2 JIMMY 29
Mr. Guido's Spiritual Advisor    
Tom Russo Sect. Ldr 18 RUDO 23
Toastmaster      
Bruce Sautkulis Sect. Ldr 20 TOASTMASTER 1
The Door Crew    click here for photos of the staff
Phil Guido Sect. Ldr
21
RIZZUTO
10
Frank Varipapa
24
AIR TUNA
99
Lucy Guido
19
and all that GRAZ
47
Dan Guido
16
GUIDO
48
Bob Murphy
15
   
Vinny Guido
13
BOSS MAN
45
Tony Graziano
3
YANKEES
7
Construction    click here for photos of the staff
George Ranzette Sect. Ldr
15
ART CARNEY
99, 98, 97 . . .
Adam Schwab
13
www.nystayathomedads.com
 
Lisa Layton
12
I got Ed-ucated
2004
Jim Irwin
11
OIL CAN
%
John Parkinson
9
BIG JOHN
96
Larry Showman
4
BONES
5
The Beer Crew     click here for photos of the staff
John Christison Sect. Ldr
21
BARCREEP
4Q2
Ed Barcreep
3
UNCLE ED
I 8 1 2
Peggy Murphy
3
THE ALIEN
69
Paper Bag Staff     click here for photos of the staff
Eddie Parkinson
21
BIG ED
33
Paul Yovino
17
1-2-TREE
YO-YO
J C Johnson
15
   
Brian Young
15
JOHN’S UNCLE
?
Walter Symanski
14
WALT
23
Gary Troy
13
TROY
24
Vinnie Quenqua
12
VINNY
Q
Rob Smith
11
ROCKIN’ ROB
243
Pete Volberg
11
QUALITY PETE
15
Tom Menkes
10
   
Bob Barbini
9
BEGINS WITH A
B
Joe Tighe
9
BAGMAN
22
Phil Wetenhall
9
CHZDOG
57
Ernie Chea
8
SNAKE
69
Joe Gander
7
GOOSE
00
Steven Ianucci
7
NUCCI
7
John Wittenborg
7
SALTY
50
Bob Schmidt
6
BOB
50
James Davis
4
THE DEPUTY
22
Terry Middleton
4
JUST
T
Gary Schwenker
4
   
Richie Stankiewicz
4
VERMONT RICHIE
23
Andy Arenth
3
THE NEIGHBOR
33
Keith Symanski
3
KEITH
23
Kris Symanski
3
KRIS
23
Anthony Alcamo
2
CHEEZEGRATER
1
George Bily
2
   
Steve Sobstyl
2
COACH STEVE
11
Glenn Dodd
ROOKIE
GLENN “DOC” DODD
.010
Martin Kennedy
ROOKIE
THE DUDE
00
The Ladies Auxilliary
Sue Guido Sect. Ldr
22
YES . . . I DID GET BRACES
1
Laura Daddona
26
LAURA
2
Sue W Guido
19
PADDLE OUT
45
Pam Sprague
18
   
Patti Small
17
MINNIE
7
Cathi Reilly
16
JUST DUCKY
14
Grettie Silecchio
15
GRETTIE
±12db
Lisa Silecchio
15
LUPNER
huh?
Dawn Barca
14
DAWNINGS /Yes, it’s really me
37
Terry Guido
14
GUIDO
44
Sue Lesco
14
HURT NOBODY
8
Desiree Xefos
14
DEZ MONSTER
44
Susie Cummings
13
SUSIE
23
Lisa Joy
13
THE VOICE
42
Suzan Coffey
12
METROBAGGER
 
Lani Quenqua
12
LANI
Q
Amy Hof
11
AIMENEM
11
Peggy Irwin
11
MELONMAKER
-8%
Karen Sprague
11
   
Barbara Dismas
10
BEE DEE
53
Pam Pecoraro
10
PAM DOLL
3
Christine Schwab
10
Is that a lisp?
MS. CCC-SLP
Dawn Menkes
9
   
Cassie Mernick
9
CASSIDICHE
38
Betsy Parkinson
9
BETSY
 
Joyce Saldinger
9
JOYCE
23
Cindy Symanski
9
CINDY
23
Joan Guido
8
JANOOTS
11
Ruth Ketchell
8
RUTH
634
Emma Guido
7
BOY MAGNET
1
Sara Guido
7
MOOINK
11D6
Melissa Perlman
7
AD’s MOM
21
Amy Russo
7
TROPHY GIRL
04
Patti Zant
7
MRS. CHIP
7
Maureen Dehler
6
   
Lauren Gander
6
MRS. GOOSE
001
Louise Kistenberger
6
WEEZY
 
Annie Schmidt
6
KICK ME
HERE
Maggie Votava
6
MAGGIE
XO
Liz Barbini
5
CLOYOBELL
 
Denise Chapman
5
DEE
36
Yohanna Hart
5
 
“YO”
Mary Martini
5
MRS CLARKE
10/18/03
Patty O’ Brien
5
NITWIT
38
Eileen Scott
5
LEEN CUISINE
13
Liz Goodman
4
THIN LIZZY
8
Danielle Guido
4
DANI-GIRL
#1
Camille Rizzo
4
MRS. RIZ
3.1416
Kaitlyn Zant
4
DRAMA QUEEN
15
Megan Zant
4
GOSSIP DIVA
13
Jessie Galm
3
RUDZIE
77
Allison Gentile
3
 
23
Christine Liske
3
THE PLANT LADY
`04
Marya Ruppert
3
MARYA
7
Barbara Schwenker
3
   
Marie Crawson
2
BBBUFFY
3
Toni Kearney
2
CUMMINGS
 
Colleen Mundy
2
   
Kathy Murphy
2
   
Ann Marie Scarola
2
   
Nancy Sobstyl
2
NANCY
10
Anna Arenth
1
THE NEIGHBOR’S WIFE
34
Juliana Barca
1
JULIANA
 
Pam Bashian
1
BASH
83
Laurie Giovanneillo
1
TRIPLE G
13
Christine Graziano
1
STEEN
4
Barbara Karras
1
MOM
12 + 2
Cindy Pick
1
KYLE’S MOM
31
Marissa Quenqua
1
MARISSA
Q
Adeline Ruiz
1
STARDUST
21
Maria Sarro
1
BachToRock.com
CAMP
Sarah Weber
1
LARS
84
Elaine West
1
CANADIAN BABE
1
The Group W Bench   click here for photos of the Group W Bench
Ed Lowe Sect. Ldr
14
THE PREFECT OF DISCIPLINE
NOT!
Richard Degnan
14
USTA BE DEGS
26
Tom Fischetti
10
   
Ken Tobin
10
   
Gary Francke
6
   
Jim Murphy
5
MURF
7
Larry Goodman
4
   
Jeanne Guido- Sielaff
4
MIKE GUIDO’S MOM
10
Ez Bardeguez
3
EZ
7
Garrett Bardeguez
3
G-MoNeY Ca$h
True P.I.M.P.
Ken Pick
3
KYLE’S DAD
41
Marty Ruppert
3
MARTY
51
Doug Dattoma
2
DATTS
2
Paul French
2
SHORTY
60
Matt Guido
2
GUIDO
 
Larry Lupo
2
OD
20/20
Rachel Quenqua
2
LITTLE
Q - ty
Pat Scarola
2
PRINCIPAL
32
Bobby Bashian
ROOKIE
OLD MAN
84
Dylan Bashian
ROOKIE
DYLAN
9
Logan Bashian
ROOKIE
LOGAN
5
John Court
ROOKIE
LOTTA THINGS
 
Barry Karl
ROOKIE
BEAR
1
Chris Murphy
ROOKIE
HAMBURGLAR
 
Kevin Murphy
ROOKIE
MURPHY
83
Joe Mc Gorry
10
McSTORY
 
John Murray
10
CASH
 
Billy O’ Sullivan
8
STALE
 
Michael Dunne
7
DUNNIE
 
Eric Miller
7
E TRAIN
 
Diane O’ Keefe
7
DIANE
4
Larry Schumacher
4
POSTINO
 
Kevin Long
3
KEVIN
 

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The Songs

 Title Artist Vocalists
1 Opening - Schools Out/Jaws Bag Band  
2 Paper Bag Theme
Phil Gagliano Band
Guido
3 I Don't Wanna Work Todd Rundgren Guido/Calzones
4 Dude looks like a Lady Aerosmith Scollo
5 Penny Lane Beatles Barca
6 Once you Get Started Chaka Kahn Dawnette/Scollo
7 Save the Planet Edgar Winter Boyle/Pollack
8 Desperado Eagles Barca
The School Bag ~ set 1
9 School's Out Alice Cooper Scotty Bighead & Calzones
10 Smokin in the Boys Room Brownsville Station Small
11 Teach your Children CSNY Scully/ Cummings/Boyle
12 The Wall Pink Floyd Mike Russo
13 Harper Valley PTA Jeanie C Riley Annie
14 Hey Mickey Tony Basil Calzones
15 See You in September Four Seasons Barca/Corazon/Lester/Scollo
16 September Earth Wind & Fire Santoriello/lester/
17 Notre Dame Fight Song Notre Dame Band Bob Guido/Audience
Tribute to Ray Charles
18 Georgia on My Mind Ray Charles Barca
19 Let's Go Get Stoned Ray Charles Santoriello/Scully
20 Dialogue Chicago Weber/Pollack (High Part)
21 A New Day Yesterday Jethro Tull Boyle
22 Since I've Been Lovin' You Led Zeppelin Thompson
23 When the Levy Breaks Led Zepplin Esposito
24 Rock & Roll Led Zeppllin Dawnette
25 Still the One Orleans Cummings
26 Heartbreaker Pat Benetar BaBa
27 Because the Night Patti Smith Corazon
28 Badlands Springsteen Weber/Pollack
29 Rosanna Toto Lester
30 Pride in the Name of Love U 2 Pollack
32 Higher Love Winwood Lester
33 Drum Solo/Bag Contest 
34 Hot Fun in the Summertime Sly & Family Stone Ensemble
35 Piece of My Heart Janis Joplin Dawnette
36 Rambling Man Allman Bros Boyle
37 Nut Popper Butterfield Blues Band Harp Feature
38 I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know Blood Sweat & Tears Allen Santoriello
39 Can'y Get Enough of that Funky Stuff Kool & the Gang Scotty Bighead & Calzones
The School Bag ~ set 2
40 Charlie Brown Coasters Barca//Santoriello/Scollo/Annie ???
41 Me & Julio Paul Simon Boyle /Weber
42 ABC Jackson 5 Dawnette/ Annie/Barca /Corazon/Lester/Santoriello
43 Homework J Geils Santoriello
44 Teacher Jethro Tull Boyle
45 Rock & Roll High School Ramones Scotty Bighead & Calzones
46 Hot for Teacher Van Halen Esposito
47 Magic Bus Who Thompson
48 My Old School Steely Dan Scully
50 Bitch Rolling Stones Scollo
51 Give it to Me Baby Rick James Scully
52 Maybe I'm Amazed Paul McCartney Boyle
53 Tainted Love Soft Sell Cheese Calzones
54 American Girl Tom Petty Weber
55 Werewolves of London Warren Zevon Santoriello/Weber/Barca???
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We intend to play rock 'n' roll for as long as we are physically able …so far, so good.

Here we are, working on Paper Bag #27! It comes right down to this, when we are focused, we are a damn good rock ‘n roll band. Of course, most of us fall into the some combination of old, bald, or fat. Everything about our appearance says rock ‘n roll. Here we are playing an unbelievably cool groove at killer volume and I turn away from the audience to see a bunch of fat guys sitting on their amps! My wife is right. We are getting old. My body received its share of replacement parts this year, but, like the sign says, so far, so good.
The executive board meetings were a blast. We made a beer can tower. Mike Cummings took a photo of his peeny (at full exten-sion). This photo is available on the Bagsite along with others taken at that first meeting.
I should say a few words regarding the songlist (also available on the Bagsite). At the first board meeting (usually in January) we read every e-mail sent throughout the year with song suggestions. We looked at the list of "one hit wonders" and "fish songs" etc. submitted by Bruce (approx 10 pages). There were 17 members from the exec board in the war room. All had their suggestions heard. Almost every song we considered was available to us to listen to and evaluate for "bag-ability" (cd, mp3, tape, and yes, vinyl records, lots of them). It is very difficult to pare the list down to 50 or so songs. We try to be fair to each section of the band and make sure each has their moment in the sun. When we have narrowed the list, we then assign songs to first or second set of the night. Each set is then put into alphabetic order (by artist). Adjustments are made so that the horn section songs are efficiently grouped. I make a playlist on a computer with the songs in show order and listen to it, over and over. I then further fine tune the list based on my sense of where songs should go.
A primary reason for the success of the Bag is that you really care and have a strong concept in your head for material for the songlist. We do our best to accommodate everyone. When we miss a song one year, we try to include it the next (as we are doing this year with Save the Planet). As was discussed at the meeting, it is a tough situation when Stevie Wonder can’t crack the songlist. Check the songlist on the Bagsite for links to chord charts (Notre Dame Fight Song) and other info. If you need a chart for something , email the Bagsite and ask for it.
In any case, this year’s list is pretty hot. I am looking forward to standing in my spot on the stage while my friends play this music at killer volume, all wearing huge smiles. Every one of you is a friend of mine, and I thank you for your participation and your enthusiasm. Don’t forget the rule, if it gets dark out, we will have to have fun. It’s a rule. Really.

There is no WILL CALL window at the Paper Bag (unless someone wants to volunteer to sit at the door and argue with people who should have gotten their tickets in advance from you). Bag tickets are $15 this year. Each bagger is responsible for the sale of 3 tickets in advance. Please remit your $45 asap. Tickets will be $20 the day of the show. Contact your section leader today. Get shirt names and #’s in TODAY. Thank you

Itinerary
MONDAY June 21 - 8pm Section Leaders Meeting
MONDAY June 28 - Bag EVE at Mulcahy's
1pm - Sound & Lights load in
3pm - Construction crew call- Stage, sound, light & video area construction needs to be done. We always need help. Contact the Construction Section Leader for info
6pm - Stage gear load-in All Bag musicians are expected to participate in the Bag eve run-through.
7-9pm - Run-through. We will rehearse as much of the show as we can get to in 2 hours. We must use our time efficiently. Be on time.
TUESDAY June 29 - 3pm - General Call, Be there.
5pm - Stage gear load-in
6pm - Drum sound check We always spend extra time on the drums. We just do
7pm - Band sound check
9pm - House opens
10pm - Musicians to the Courtyard- it's SHOWTIME
Wednesday June 30 - Bag Lag ~ sleep ‘till the pain goes away

Mulcahy’s is gracious enough to provide food for the crew on both Wednesday & Thursday. Please be appreciative.
Only people wearing 2004 Bag shirts are permitted in the stage and backstage areas. Please cooperate. DO NOT bring unauthorized individuals to the areas reserved for the band.


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Ontologia
Hello Everybody! (now you all answer, in unison, “Hello Mr. Guido”) Well, boys and girls, I taught Kindergarten and 1st Grade all year. I thought I was going to hate it. It turned out to be one of the coolest things I have ever done. I learned to play the guitar(well, a little. I can play I, vi, IV, V7 in the keys of G and D and I have a capo). I learned to give explicit directions ( Wait until I say “go,” and when I say “go” go slowly and carefully from your desks to the rug. If I see you run or push I will have to send you back. At the rug find your personal space and sit with your feet like a pretzel. Everybody ready? go) Usually followed by “Luke, come back, you were running.”
I taught music to 630 kids in 4 different buildings. Music-on-a-cart. 31 different classrooms. I know that right now, most music teachers are cringing. But I had fun, all day and every day. Now I know you are saying to yourself that it has always been Mike Guido’s job to have fun, and that he is a professional, but this was the coolest. I had no training in Primary Classroom music and still don’t. I have never seen another teacher teach a kindergarten music lesson. I went into those classrooms every day and did my act, 6 shows a day. And you people reading this have seen my act. Well, I had a good year and the kids had a good year and we all learned alot. This was mostly due to the support and cooperation I received from a remarkable group of teachers. The teachers in “The Garden City Primary School” (all 4 campuses, snicker snicker) helped me every step of the way. They were patient with my shenanigans and generous with their time and expertise.
Teachers everywhere are dedicated people. We work long and hard and yes we do have the summer off and too bad for you. Nobody told you you had to get a 12 month a year job. The coolest thing about being a teacher is the kids. I learned this year that kids are kids, whether they are 12 years old or 5. They are inquisitive and they learn and they love to have fun. I learned this year that even though my body is getting old and needing parts that I am still a kid. I love to sing silly songs and do silly dances.
Have fun tonight.

In Honor of Mr. Jim Brown, my teacher
In 1963, I met Mr. Brown, the gym teacher at Mineola Jr. High. He had grown up in Mineola and was a fine athlete, a college football player during the leather helmet era. During the next 6 years Mr. Brown was my track coach and wrestling coach. I was a skinny, slow, uncoordinated, knobby kneed kid with a goofy haircut. He made me feel and believe in my heart that I was a good athlete and that I belonged. We called him “Honey Bear” which perfectly described his body shape and his disposition. I never saw him yell or lose control. The lessons we learned, by observing his behavior, not by listening to him lecture, were about honesty and fairness and always doing your best. He gave out praise and ice cream bars and rides home in his decrepit old Plymouth (with the huge steering wheel). He invited us into his home for a barbeque at the end of the season. He was the first person I ever saw with a snowblower, and I watched him clear the sidewalk for every house on his block. Most important about Mr Brown was that he would include any kid in his program. Even the wise guys and the mavericks and the troubled spirits that no other coach would have on a team were welcomed by Mr. Brown. I have been a teacher for 11 years now and every day I think about Mr. Brown, and I try, every day, to be the teacher that he was. My brother Danny succeeded Mr. Brown as wrestling coach at Mineola. Before Mr. Brown passed away a dinner was held in his honor and his students had the opportunity to thank him. I will never forget him. This week, look up one of your former teachers and call or write and thank him or her.
The 27th Paper Bag is dedicated to Mr. Jim Brown.

The Wheel The Wheel When we run out of songs, we go to the wheel. (you know, spin the wheel, win a valuable prize - that kind of wheel) We spin the wheel, and whatever comes up, we play. We try to populate the wheel with songs that should make the list but were left off the list for some reason. This year’s wheel should include among others: AC/DC / Stevie Wonder / Johnny Winter / Bob Seeger / Johnny Cash / more U2 / and finally, the band’s favorite: Mike Cummings, naked to the waist, sings To Sir With Love. We will play tonight until 4:01 am. Long live the wheel. Get home safely.

There are 269 people involved in the Paper Bag this year. They have a combined 2,552.5 years experience and average 9.5 years experience. The 74 musicians have an average of 13.1 years experience. There are 26 members of the executive board who enjoy a total of 537.5 years in the bag and average over 20.7 years experience. In case you’re wondering, the 1/2 year is credited to Larry Ketchell who was able to sneak onstage for half of Bag #10

This is the spot where I get to thank… Dick at Supreme Trophy in Huntington Station; Eko Video; S-K Sound; Lightcraft; Mark Coffey and the crew at Goldman Bros.; Minuteman Printing in East Northport; The Maker of the Melon Peggy Irwin; Dawn Barca - the sign girl; Lisa Layton for her wonderful work collecting and distributing food; the faculty and staff at all the Garden City Schools; my brothers and sisters working at the front door missing the show; my three girls, Emma, Sara & Sue for making me the happy boy you see here tonight. As you can see, I live a charmed existence.

Mulcahy’s… is some great place to enjoy the Bag. From John Murray, right across to the bar backs, every one of the seemingly endless number of employees of this club is unfailingly helpful. These people understand the the Paper Bag at its purest essence. Mul’s now holds the record, with 9 bags, in no small part due to the support provided by these fine people. Please thank the Mulcahy’s staff when you see them. Patronize this fine establishment all year. Get home safely

Peas & carrots, peas & carrots, peas & carrots … Brian Mulhurn was one of 4 guitarists to participate in Paper Bag #1. During the late 70’s, Brian played in several bands in and around the Huntington area often teaming up with his brother Kevin as (what else?) the Mulhurn Brothers. I mixed sound for them several times at Chelsea’s. Sally Scudder played keyboards and sang in many bands with numerous bag members. Sally was great to have in the band. Perfect pitch, big smile, never conplained, always had fun. Every time the Jim Small Band plays, I look over to the other side of the stage and I can see her, boppin’ and tappin’ her bare feet. Adam Calaci played bass and sang in some of the most successful bands to ever play on Long Island. On stage, Adam was a solid presence. His bass playing was strong and yes, it was loud. Backstage, he was a very, very funny man.

We are musicians. We live a different life, in bars and diners and clubs and catering halls and come home as the sun comes up and put off joining the “real world “ as long as possible. It is a great life, rich and rewarding and so so so much fun. We look after each other and are loyal to each other. Sometime during the night tonight, remember someone missing from your life, smile and have some fun for them. We all can live on in the memory of our friends, family and colleagues. Take care of each other, be loyal to each other, and most of all, have fun.

In Memory of Michael "Bash" Bashian
On December 19, 2003 we lost a truly great person. His name is Mike Bashian and he was my friend. Mike died of a massive heart attack. He was 42. Mike was an avid Paper Bag fan. In fact he bartended for all of the Rumrunner of Oyster Bay "Bags" from 1983 to 1987. After the Bag left Rumrunners, Bash; as we always called him; continued to attend the Bag religiously where ever it was held for the next 15 years. Even after moving out of state he would return whenever possible to attend the annual Bag. He made most of them. In fact in 2002 Mike and his wife plan flew up from Texas and attended the Bag at Mulcahys. It was a special night and will remain a great memory.
In addition to his wife Pam, Bash has two sons, Logan who just turned 9 and Dylan who just turned 5. He has one sibling, his brother and closest friend Bobby, who we affectionately call "Old Man" even though he is younger than Mike. "Old Man" is also an avid "Bagger" having attended the last twenty years in a row after his inaugural Bag at Rumrunners in 1984, which was coincidentally his first night ever working there. Some initiation!
Mike grew up in Bellmore and attended Mepham High School. He then went to CW Post and graduated in 1984. He met his lovely wife in 1989 in the Hamptons. She was on vacation from Texas. They were together from that day forward.
We have decided that we will gather to celebrate Mike's life each year at the Paper Bag. This year will be the first of hopefully many years to come. I think Mike would have liked the idea and I know will be there with us in spirit. We all miss you buddy.
Kevin Murphy

The Savannah Joe Kommnick “Are these donuts fresh?” Moment Many of you in the Paper Bag community knew Joe Kommnick simply as “Savannah.” I had the privilege working with this gentle man in the clubs on the South Shore for over 10 years. Savannah Joe was a bright ray of happiness that cut through the smoky air and shined into your heart. He was always ready with a joke, your favorite libation, or an absurd movie quote . There was never anything harsh about Savannah Joe…none of the rough edges many of us who live the night life develop. I miss his company. In 1996 we inaugurated the tradition of performing a song each year that connects us with Joe, so that we may have a vehicle to help us remember this fine man. This year, Georgia on My Mind, by Ray Charles, is dedicated to Savannah Joe. In keeping with Joe’s sense of humor, and to ease the melancholy of the moment, before we begin the song, We ask all of you to place an index finger, held horizontally, just below your nose and all together ask in a falsetto voice …“Are these donuts fresh?

THE BROWN PAPER BAG is the only thing civilized man has produced that does not seem out of place in nature. Crumpled into a wad of wrinkles, like the fossilized brain of a dryad; looking weathered; seemingly slow and rough enough to be a product of natural evolution; its brownness the low key brown of potato skin and peanut shell, dirty but pure; its kinship to tree unobstructed by the cruel crush of industry; absorbing the elements like any other organic entity a No. 8 Kraft brown paper bag lay discarded in the hills of Huntington and it appears to live where it lay.

by Tom Robbins
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Thanks and a tip of the old Paper Bag hat to Naomi Margolin for discovering the origin of this quote

2004 SECTION LEADERS
Many people wonder how this crazy, complicated show, with all its myriad details, ever comes together at all. Most of the credit goes to the Section Leaders who work many hours so that we can all enjoy the Bag. Thank them when you see them go by.

Tony Rome ~ Scott Savitt
Cheese Calzones ~ Marianne Barton, Mary McAndrews
Vocalists ~ Tony Barca
Guitarland ~ Joe Anziano, Mike Cummings
Keyboard Ghetto ~ Gary Quenqua, Larry Ketchell
Horns ~ Val Angrosini
Harps ~ Joe Santino, Paul Shields
Basses ~ Jim Myers
Percussion ~ Scott Kistenberger
Sound~ Larry Phrögk Perlman
Lights ~ Greg Hebel
Construction ~ George Ranzette
Door Crew ~ Phil Guido
Ladies Auxiliary ~ Sue Guido
Mr. Guido's Valet~ Jim Mola
Mr. Guido's Spiritual Advisor ~ Tom Russo
Vice President in charge of Fun ~ Ken Tobin
The Group W Bench ~ Ed Lowe

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