WMAS started out the New Year by electing its officers to serve another term. President Peter DiGiovanni, Vice-President Joan Grauman, and Secretary-Treasurer Mara Cherkasky understand they have been given a mandate to carry on as usual, so no big changes are in the works for 2015.
After the election, we held an organized jam session, mostly using sheet music people had brought to share. We were happy to see Halina Banas-Jones back after a long break; she’s especially good at leading a group through unfamiliar music. As the occasion arose, Peter DiGiovanni demonstrated how to play minor-seventh and sixth chords on the bass side. We might need a refresher, though; a video posted to YouTube might be just the thing, Peter.
By the way, Joan Grauman wrote a nice article about our Holiday Concert in the January issue of U.S. National Accordion News, at www.accordionusa.com. Please check it out before it’s replaced with the next issue on February 1. You have to scroll down quite a ways to find Joan’s piece, which includes several pictures of the event.
Our next meeting will be Sunday, February 8, at 4 pm, at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church. This will be an open-mic event; please sign up for a 5-minute slot. If we have enough time, performers may be able to take a second turn. We’ll see how it goes.
Would you like to play a 15- to 20-minute slot? Then please sign up to be the greeter on February 8. It’s your chance to test new material or just to play in front of people without necessarily feeling like you’re in the spotlight. Duos or trios are fine. We just want to fit as much music as possible into our meetings, and to give as many people as possible a chance to perform.
On Sunday, March 15, at 4 pm, we’ll hold a dance party in celebration of our 12th birthday. Sign up to play a dance tune or two. We’ll also need a greeter to play Irish music in honor of St. Patrick's Day, and if you can come up with a tune about the Ides of March, so much the better.
On April 19 at 4 pm we’ll be hosting Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton in a guest-artist concert. If you’re a fan of the National Public Radio show Prairie Home Companion, you’ve probably heard Dan, as he’s a frequent guest. It will be a great show, so please mark your calendars now. Meanwhile, you can read about him and listen to samples of his music at http://www.daddysqueeze.com/index.html.
All meetings and other events are posted on the WMAS calendar.