We Love Harmonica
UPDATE - We are meeting again!
After a long break, (due to the pandemic) we have started to gather again on Monday nights. The format is a little different as well.
We start at 6:00 PM and end at 8:00 PM
We currently are doing an hour of Chromatic Club tunes from 6:00 - 7:00
Then switch to playing Diatonic over "Jam Tracks" from 7:00 - 8:00
WE CELEBRATED OUR 40 YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN 2017!!!
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 was 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.
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 email us.
We want to extend a special Thank You to Groth Music of Bloomington MN for sharing the costs of the harmonicas we give away.