TWIN CITIES HARMONICA SOCIETY
The Twin Cities Harmonica Society was formed in 1977 by Don Allen and Jack Bacon. Each came from professional music backgrounds- Don playing with a trio in Ohio and Jack as part of a local 5-player group.
Jack passed away in 2012, and Don in 2014.
The initial purpose of the club was simply getting together to play and share information. There was no intention to do "play-outs", but as word of the group spread, so did requests to hear its music. Before long, it had purchased a sound system, band attire, and was performing in a variety of venues which, over the years, have ranged from banquets, to a Channel 5 telethon, and Saint Paul Saints game.
This tradition continues today. Current meeting focus is on sharing information, group playing, and on breakout sessions to pursue areas of specific interest with other like-minded members.
The group continues to attract musicians of all levels, from beginners to accomplished professionals, including internationally known Dick Gardner of the Harmonicats.
Here's a video of some of our club members performing.
We also had a small group perform at the Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
We offer a free outreach program to introduce the harmonica to elementary school age children in the Twin Cities area.
We'll bring in a handful of our players, perform a short show, give free harmonicas to the children, and give them a short lesson.
If you or someone you know has an interest in this, please contact Steve (on the CONTACT US above).
We want to extend a special Thank You to Groth Music of
Bloomington MN for sharing the costs of the harmonicas we give away.
Harmonica lesson at the St. Paul City School third grade music class