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WMAS NEWS UPDATE
More than 50 people celebrated the clubs ninth birthday February 12 by playing and listening to music, and by dancing, singing, and eating cake decorated with hearts and musical notes. Karen Malan-Uribe and Mara Cherkasky, two of the clubs three founders (Anne Johnson is the third), blew out the candles, and the group sang Happy birthday to US. We also sang for Valentine Zadnik, whose parents named him for the saints day on which he was born.
Its amazing to think that next year is our 10th anniversary. Lets start thinking about a good way to mark it.
The meeting also featured Joan Graumans flea market, mainly dollar-each sheet music and accordion figurines, which raised $224 for the American Accordionists Association Youth Jazz Program. Everyone seems to enjoy the sale, so Joan will continue to set it up in the coming months and invites others to donate accordion- or other music-related items for the sale. Please note that ALL proceeds go to the Youth Jazz Program.
The March 18 meeting will be a concert featuring guest artist Bonnie Birch, coming to us all the way from that other Washington, on the West Coast. Bonnie played and competed as a child, and even performed at Carnegie Hall at age 19, but then set aside her instrument for 30 years. Now she performs solo at restaurants, parties, weddings, and retirement homes, as well as in a dance band focusing on ballroom music, and in a Bavarian band with a tuba player. Bonnie is also a regular at the French American Chamber Bastille Day event and the popular Festa Italiana, in which she accompanies three opera singers on stage. In addition, she is the president of the Northwest Accordion Society and chief architect of the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration. We look forward to meeting her and hearing her play.
Bonnie Birch in Concert
Guitarist Needed for Ensemble
Lee Paulsons group, the Ash Grove Players, is looking for a new guitarist. Anyone interested should show up at one of the jams held the first Friday and third Wednesday of the month, from 7 pm to 10:30 pm, at 1909 North Ohio Street in Falls Church, Virginia, near the East Falls Church Metro Station. The jams are independent of the group, although all the members of the group come from the jams. For more information call jam host Lilli Vincenz at 703-532-2731 or email her at FiddlerLilli@zzapp.org. For a map to the jam location, please email the webmaster.
ISO Musicians for February 26 Brunch at Fort Myer Officers Club
Our friends at Pauls List, an over-50 singles group, is looking for musicians to play at a Sunday, February 26, brunch starting at noon at Fort Myer Officers Club. They arent paying, but this would be a good opportunity to practice playing in front of a crowd.
Please contact Seena King, 301-530-4884, or Mary Elkind, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fort Myer Officers Club is at 214 Jackson, in Arlington, with free parking adjacent to and across from the club. A photo ID is required at the Wright Gate, at the end of N. Meade Street and Marshall Drive, adjacent to the Iwo Jima Memorial, and at the Hatfield Gate, Washington Blvd.
Merv Conn Way
United Therapeutics, an organization located in Silver Spring, is planning to convert an existing walking path near Merv Conns house to an official Merv Conn Way. When construction is completed probably in late April/early May, depending on Montgomery County approvals, permits, bonds, etc. -- they will hold a big launch party featuring a 21-accordion salute and a screening of Jeff Kruliks film, The Legend of Merv Conn.
As you may recall, the February 2007 premiere of The Legend of Merv Conn also featured a 21-accordion salute (with many more than 21 accordions!). That event was hugely fun, so please think about participating in this one, too. Details will follow as they become available.
Titano Stroller Converter Free-Bass Accordion - Price reduced to $1,700
Nancy Leonard at Reston Italian Festival
Nancy will be performing with two other musicians
Rodger French Trio
Saturday, February 25, 7:30-9:30 pm
Accordionist Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 8:30 pm (7:30 dance instruction)