By Will Witry ’19
The holiday season is upon us and festive thoughts are filling everybody’s heads.
Thoughts of new marimbas. Stockings filled with new reeds. Perhaps a shiny new tuba underneath the tree.
Okay, maybe that’s not everyone’s thought during the holiday season, but for every girl and boy in the Brother Rice/Mother McAuley band program it’s a different story. On Dec. 2nd this year these dreams of musical equipment were thankfully answered by the Brother Rice and Mother McAuley communities.
This year, as it’s done every year, the annual Bandcake Breakfast was held in the Brother Rice cafeteria. Upon entering, one is greeted with the festive sight of rows of raffle presents. A little farther down, guests find themselves in Santa’s Village where they can take a picture with Santa Claus. Walk a bit farther towards the cafeteria and that’s where the main event is – the pancakes.
Brother Rice pancakes, or “bandcakes” if you’d prefer, are considered to be some of the best you can find on the Southside.
Mr. Don Molenda, a connoisseur of breakfast foods in the Brother Rice community, was pleasantly surprised by his meal. While waiting for his picture with Santa, he said, “I like my pancakes a certain way. I like it so that the syrup doesn’t soak all the way into the cake. If it soaks into the pancake, then I end up drinking a bunch of milk. That did not happen with my pancakes today.”
While eating their pancakes, customers get to enjoy Christmas music performed by the Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Jazz Band. Conducted by Mr. Rendak, the Jazz Band performed classics like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You.”
The Bandcake Breakfast is what raises most of the funds for all of the band’s equipment and repairs. After the event, Mr. Rendak couldn’t give any specific numbers, but stated to his students that it looked to be “very successful.”