Re: [Harp-L] Re: Harmonica Ensembles in America

Hi, John,

I wonder whether you're painting too rosy a picture of what's happening in the US. I get the impression that Asian harmonica groups consist of many youthful players. Let's say the average age is 20, for argument's sake.

Of the few harmonica festivals I've attended so far, the average age among participants seems to be closer to 70. Perhaps a slight exaggeration, but not by much.

This does not bode well for sustainability. There is no organized educational system for teaching harmonica to America's youth.

On Jun 30, 2007, at 12:51 PM, MilwHarmonica@xxxxxxx wrote:

In it's latest edition (Winter 2007) of it's newsletter, The Society for the
Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH), a world-wide harmonica
organization, lists over 110 affilliate harmonica clubs in the West, if you
include North and South America, Europe and eastern Europe. Of those listed,
93 are in the USA. The SPAH affilliates also include 11 harmonica clubs from
the East, including Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia and Australia together.

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