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Re: Grand Rapids club in the news.
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2021, 04:06:49 AM »
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2021, 04:30:44 AM »
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2021, 09:45:56 AM »
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2021, 10:12:41 AM »
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Re: Grand Rapids club in the news.
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2021, 02:57:16 PM »
I am always happy to see they are trying to keep the club viable.  It is similar to the situation I face with our senior band,  I have had to lower the bar for new members, as the old big band players are getting old or have died, or in a nursing home

Twenty years ago we drew fairly large crowds, and we all had to be up to snuff.  Today, we welcome about anyone to give it a try, and it is all about the comradery and love of music. We still play the good old songs and gripe about the music played today.  For my nursing home jobs, I still get a thrill out of seeing an old vet quickly wiping away a tear.  I might have taken that as a negative, except many thank me for the memories.

I just turned eighty, but soldiering on, so to speak.

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Re: Grand Rapids club in the news.
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2021, 08:07:36 PM »
The report on the Grand Rapids Harmonica
Club was accessible to me.

An opinion:

The situation is probably the same in most
harmonica clubs today. Smaller memberships,
due to age and other factors, results in a loss
in popularity of the noble harmonica.

If we want to increase membership in clubs,
we should concentrate our efforts on playing
to a younger audience, recruiting younger
members (age 10-30), and play more modern
music.

Perform modern tunes, less than 10 years old.
Playing "Jimmy's Got a Nickel" for young people
will not bring in new members.

Hire guest harmonica players aged 20-40, to
present seminars, demonstrations, clinics, concerts,
to teach and attract younger harp players.

Play the music that young people like. We've had
70+ years of playing "Peg O' My Heart". 92 years
of "The Shiek of Araby".

Best Regards, Stay Healthy.

John Broecker
Former President & Music Director,
Milwaukee Harmonica Club (1997-2008)
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Re: Grand Rapids club in the news.
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2021, 12:20:59 PM »
The report on the Grand Rapids Harmonica
Club was accessible to me.

An opinion:

The situation is probably the same in most
harmonica clubs today. Smaller memberships,
due to age and other factors, results in a loss
in popularity of the noble harmonica.

If we want to increase membership in clubs,
we should concentrate our efforts on playing
to a younger audience, recruiting younger
members (age 10-30), and play more modern
music.

Perform modern tunes, less than 10 years old.
Playing "Jimmy's Got a Nickel" for young people
will not bring in new members.

Hire guest harmonica players aged 20-40, to
present seminars, demonstrations, clinics, concerts,
to teach and attract younger harp players.

Play the music that young people like. We've had
70+ years of playing "Peg O' My Heart". 92 years
of "The Shiek of Araby".

Best Regards, Stay Healthy.

John Broecker
Former President & Music Director,
Milwaukee Harmonica Club (1997-2008)



I definitely agree John.  Love playing the old songs like O Sole Mio and That's Amore, but we should learn newer songs as well.  I'm gonna challenge myself to learn some favorites of my own, and that are loved by folks my age (hitting that half century mark this summer ;D).   Dust in the Wind by Kansas, Don't Stop Believin' by Journey, Patience by Guns n' Roses.  The 80's/early 90's era produced some good ballads, sometimes by unlikely sources. More Than Words by Extreme is another great ballad that would sound great on harp, and still gets decent amounts of radio play, and is now getting into the oldies category.  Also, of course, Stairway to Heaven. I'm not a Zeppelin fan, but you can't help but to love Stairway.  We Harmonicists who are members of Gen X need to start learning the music of our Generation. There are so many great tunes, and they are tunes that almost everyone of a certain age knows.  Even the younger folks know a lot of these tunes, even if from their parents, and will be more shameless about their love of "old music" as they move through life, as is always true. I love Dean Martin and Mario Lanza because my parents listened to them when I was a kid. My Mother still refers to hard rock as "Acid Rock", though She has confessed, in recent years, that She likes Hotel California. Another great song for us Harmonicists to learn.  I'm gonna start working on Freebird, a personal favorite of mine ;D