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Gateway Harmonica Club to play at Senior Center

Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 3:02 pm

By Katelyn Mary Skaggs

Scenic Regional Library Pacific Branch will be hosting the Gateway Harmonica Club at the Tri-County Senior Center on June 19 from 6-7 p.m.
Herb Huebner, booking agent and band member, said the club is a non-profit organization and all the money made from events is given to a charity or childrens’ hospitals.
“The people who play are all volunteers and they don’t get any money for playing and we have to purchase our own instruments,” Huebner said. “We’re just very interested in having a lot of fun playing harmonicas.”
Around eight to 14 band members will come and play at an event. The club play in a three-part harmony with different types of harmonicas.
The traditional harmonica most people use is a ten-hole diatonic harmonica and the Gateway Harmonica Club uses chromatic harmonicas.
“It’s [chromatic harmonicas] set up more like a piano,” Huebner said. “It’s something that’s not as common as the ten-hole diatonic but it’s something that plays well with the type of songs we play.”
The club’s music includes golden oldies, ethnic songs and more, according to Huebner. One song they almost always play is Peg O’ My Heart, Huebner said.
“Often times when we play it’s for senior groups and their all very familiar with this because when they were watching TV as younger people a lot of this stuff was very popular,” Huebner said.
The club also offers classes at local community colleges in the St. Louis area.
Visit the library’s website to register for the event.