Harmonica Enthusiasts Perpetuate The Music, One Of Bergen County's Secrets
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, May 10, 2013, 07:01 AM EDT
The Club invites anyone interested in the harmonica or harmonica music to join the group to play or listen. Light refreshments are always available. Among the celebrity members are Frank Grova (member of The Melody Men); Enrico Granafei of Trumpets Jazz Club; Dennis Gruenling , teacher and well known blues player; Harry Feinberg, famous member of the Harmonica Rascals; Gary Mettler, performer and teacher; Rob Paparozzi, harmonicist. Additional details and a downloadable membership application may be found on the Club’s website: www.gardenstateharmonicaclub.org ., or write to: Garden State Harmonica Club, P.O. Box 353, Paramus, NJ 07653.mer lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Those in attendance at a recent meeting were: Bonnie and Bill Farbstein, Judy Toker, Sue Fallon, Frank Grova, Abe Bargeley, Pat Maturo, Ann Van Wetering, Dave and Bea Elias, Bernie Siegal, George Honsch, Cathy Mallett, Phyllis and Jack Brownstein, Harry Feinberg, Vic Fabano, Bob Hibler, Bill Helfrich and Carl Vasi.
If you think of the harmonica as that little toy that you can carry in your pocket, then I urge you to attend one of their meetings; times and place published regularly in www.ParamusPost.com. There were harmonicas of all types and sizes, some of which had their own carrying case and other members had multiple varieties of harmonicas in their satchel cases, each fabric lined and protected.
During the open mike session, members got up to play various songs. Some of them were Heartache, You Don't Know Me, Edelweiss, Mr. Sandman, Holiday For Strings, Hot Canary, Red Sails In The Sunset, Mona Lisa, Nature Boy, La Vie En Rose, Ain't No Sunshine, Desperado, I Love You, It's A Sin To Tell A Lie, Jazz, Unclaimed Melody, When You Wish Upon A Star, Love, This Is My Song, Medley Of Russia, Starry, Starry Night and It's Daniel. All performed by the members either solo, in groups or accompanied by a sound system. As one can see, that is quite a repertoire!
The music that was offered was very professional, even though this was just an informal open mike meeting.
Meeting twice a month at 7:30 PM in Room 103 at the Community Church of Glen Rock, 354 Rock Road in Glen Rock. Enter via the parking lot at Hamilton Avenue to the second building on the right, the Garden State Harmonica Club draws many members to the open microphone sessions. In addition to these meetings, they have an Ensemble practice meeting in Maywood; their ensemble plays at various establishments for a nominal fee. Nominal, because they can provide up to four hours of entertainment along with their own Master of Ceremonies.