We go by the name of the Blue Earth Accordion Band (Blue Earth is the town just east of Fairmont, MN).
Members include: DeEtta Klatt, Verlus Burkhart, Johanna Hocker, Jeannie Wiggins in the front row …… Owen Fellerson (on Tuba), Joan Lesch, and Gary Olson. Not pictured is our trumpet player and clarinet player!
We have rehearsals the first Friday of each month at St. Lukes Care Center, in Blue Earth.
There are no special requirements to join our group, just a love of accordion music and we play all types, but specialize in Polkas (surprise!)
We have played for huge Birthday Celebration in a pavilion with 300 guests, but usually our performances are between 15-50 people – it varies widely.
Most places pay us a few $ for our trouble, but we are not in it for the money – it’s just to give people some entertainment. God knows we aren’t professionals!
You’ll see I do have an amplifier and for the larger auditoriums we can “plug-in” three of our instruments plus a microphone which works great.