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October 19, 2003


Notes from the President

Last week's meeting, Oct. 14, was great fun. Barbara Lockett demonstrated some of the 200 or so sounds her Petosa electronic accordion can make, and Clay Bobrowski joined her in several pieces with his midi Petosa. Clay used his instrument as a traditional accordion, and Barbara used the piano, trumpet and string sounds available on the reedless. Afterwards, club members were invited to try out the reedless to get a feel for how it plays. The instrument's capability was astonishing, and I look forward to Barbara's playing it in the Dec. 7 holiday concert.

Speaking of which, we also rehearsed with Dale Wise for Dec. 7 and, surprisingly, sounded very good. Even when we didn't get it quite right, Dale made us--and our little audience--laugh. I am looking forward to the concert; it promises to be a lot of fun.

The next meeting, on Nov. 11, will be the last one before the concert, so I hope everyone will make an effort to be there; I would like to run through everything, including the solos and small groups. I also encourage everyone to come to the extra rehearsals on Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. A draft program is below. Does anyone else want to play a solo? We'll have some flyers at the next meeting for people to take and post on community bulletin boards around the area. Any ideas for publicizing this event are welcome.

The other part of the program for next month's meeting will be Mike Surratt on how to embellish a song with relative major and minor chords. Mike will not be arriving until about 8:30, so we will rehearse at least some of the concert starting at 7:30, before his presentation.

One other reminder: eight people (Barbara L., Lora B., Peter D., Silvia E., Pedro R., Phil L., Mara and Karen) have signed up for Dale's accordion repair workshop on Nov. 15-16. Please confirm that you will be attending, or let us know if we've left your name off the list.

Take care, everyone, and keep squeezing,


Draft WMAS Holiday Concert Program

Introduction - Karen Uribe
Welcome to the church - Pastor Pam
(Dale introduces the songs)

WMAS Orchestra - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

WMAS Combo - What Child Is This

SOLO - Paul Przedpelski

WMAS Orchestra - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

SOLO - Silvia Eberly - German Carol

WMAS Orchestra - Angels We Have Heard On High

WMAS COMBO -Three Kings

SOLO - Joan Grauman

WMAS Orchestra - Jingle Bells

SOLO - Michael B. Rubin - Hanukka medley

WMAS Orchestra - Silent Night

SOLO - David Lovins - I'll Be Home For Christmas

WMAS Orchestra - Joy To The World