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Ken Kunecs workshop Accordions Gone Wild! Getting Creative With Your Music was a great way to spend part of a sunny July afternoon. In Kens words: Most of us became accordion players by strict adherence to a framework of music that we were taught. We learned to play somebody elses arrangement of music, usually with wondrous precision and we graduated through increasingly more difficult compositions. Some of us learned to improvise somewhat around the framework and that represents our creativity. While that is commendable and often very entertaining, this workshop challenges you to get away from those frameworks and become your own arranger. Be a rebel!
Anyone who has seen Ken play knows that he knows what hes talking about! And to those of you who missed this entertaining and educational workshop: do not despair! Ken has prepared a series of short videos, along with some written materials, and these will be posted to the WMAS Web site as soon as the Webmaster learns how to handle videos. Stay tuned!
After the workshop Karen distributed a packet of beginning- and intermediate-level music for a WMAS Massed Band. If you want to take part in the band, please come to the meetings; we will not be able to send you the music via mail, e-mail or fax. Currently the band is just for fun, but in a couple of months we will be practicing for the December 16 holiday concert, and later for other concerts.
Next Meeting/Coupe Mondiale
Remember, WMAS will not be meeting in August. Instead, everyone is encouraged to attend the Coupe Mondiale in Alexandria August 13-19. See the calendar for more information. You can still register! And dont worry if youve sent in your money and heard nothing back. They will not be mailing you anything but instead will hold your tickets at the door. Seating at the banquet and luncheon will be open no table plans.
September 16 WMAS will be hosting the world-renowned Mary Tokarski. Mary is a wonderful musician and teacher, so mark your calendars now and be sure not to miss this meeting!
A friend of Maras, in North Carolina, is looking for a cheap used accordion, preferably one with a 1/4" jack/mic. Does anyone have anything like this theyre trying to find a home for? If so, please respond to this email.
Accordion Concerts at the Kennedy Center
During the Coupe, the Kennedy Centers Millennium Stage will host a series of accordion concerts Tuesday through Friday. Heres the lineup:
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
(July 21, 2007) I am happy and proud to say that the Mayor and City Council of Rockville chose me last week to receive Rockville's Good Neighbor Award this year for my community service. This includes work I did and continue to do around Woodmont Spring Condominium (WSC) where I live, as Chairman of the Landscape Committee, assistance I have given to many neighbors at WSC, and efforts I have made to keep the neighborhood safe and clean.
The Mayor of Rockville will be presenting me with this award at a reception on Wed. evening Aug. 1, 2007 at the Glenview Mansion in the Rockville Civic Center.
It's nice to be recognized for doing good work .
Who Woulda Thunk It?
A new WMAS list member reports seeing the following in a July 23 obituary of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner in the New York Times:
"She and Mr. Bakker, an Assemblies of God minister, worked as traveling
Another Option for Selling Instruments
A list member who had no luck selling her two accordions via our Web site classified advertising, said she took the accordions over to Atomic Music in Beltsville, MD; and although they apparently don't regularly deal in accordions (they had all kinds of musical equipment - guitars, keyboards, etc., etc.) they said that they would advertise them on e-bay for me, and actually did it twice. The first time we were overpriced, so they lowered the price. I know I didn't get what they probably were worth, but I feel that under the circumstances, it was good to be done with this. The more expensive accordion had about 22 bids and sold for just under $250 (and actually this one hadn't cost us anything as my son had found it next to the dumpster in his townhouse complex!) and the smaller one that [my late husband] had as a child sold for $99.
They charged me 20% for the listing on e-bay, which I thought was