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WMAS NEWS UPDATE
Notes from the President on the January 13 Meeting
Joan Grauman Workshop
Joan's main messages: listen to recordings of the music you want to learn; control the bellows; keep the bass light; vary your playing style according to the emotion conveyed by the piece; and, after playing the tune straight, add variations such as chords, arpeggios, ornaments and different registers and bass patterns.
If you missed the workshop, ask for a handout at the next meeting.
New Fee Structure
Anyone joining in January through June will pay $15. Anyone joining in July through November will pay $10. Anyone joining in December will pay $15 for the following membership year.
For current members, those who joined in February through July 2003 will pay the full $15 for 2004. Those who joined in August through November only have to pay $10 for 2004. Those who joined in December 2003 (and have already paid $15) do not have to pay for the 2004 membership.
When you pay your dues, you will receive a new 2004 membership card.
Paul will collect the dues at the meetings and can check in his records which month you joined, and whether you owe $10 or $15. You can also directly mail in a payment by check (to Mara Cherkasky, 1801 Park Road, NW, Apt. 8, Washington, DC 20010). In that case your membership card will either be mailed to you or given to you at the next meeting. For members who are not able to attend any meetings in January/February/March, we will send an email or surface mail, reminding them that their dues are due.
When you pay, Paul will verify your membership data (address, phone, email, etc.); following the March meeting, we will send out a membership list to members.
Meanwhile, I want us to keep up the Christmas songs for our second annual holiday concert. I would like to set a date for this and any other concert soon, so we can get them on the church calendar if we plan to use the church.
Clay showed a new book, Latin Favorites, from Hal Leonard (publisher).
Article on Dale Wise
One idea I'm considering for our May meeting is a Spring Festival Night for members (and guests) to play tunes for each other. Let me know what you think.
Color choices for short-sleeved shirts are white, natural, birch (gray), light blue, safety green, pink and island yellow. Sizes range from small to XXXL.
For long-sleeved shirts, color choices are white and birch, and sizes are small to XXL.