The North Suburban Home Organ Society

Eastern Massachusetts Premier Group for Those Who Love the

HAMMOND ORGAN and OTHER
ELECTRONIC KEYBOARDS

Welcome to our new 2017 Concert Season.

Conveniently located in the main auditorium of the WOBURN, MA, SENIOR CENTER
144 School Street, Woburn, MA


Next NSHOS Concert is Friday, Oct 6, @1:30pm 2017 and features

Ed Wawrzynowicz

 

Last month, we had one of the NSHOS favorites back again, the Genial Gentleman of the Hammond, Don Sansom. Don, a longtime friend of the NSHOS, needed no introduction to any regular visitors to these web pages.

For this month, we present another long time NSHOS favorite, Ed Wawrzynowicz. "Big Ed" as we affectionately refer to him is a wonderful entertainer with years of playing experience. When he presides at a Hammond, you are guaranteed of an enjoyable and fun program where you not only get to hear excellent playing, but Ed's humorous remarks and quips add a nice touch to his performance. Be with us this Friday to see an hear for yourself just how much fun one of our programs can be.

 

In November, we're going to do another NSHOS special program and that will be to feature a program on one of the more elaborate pipe organs in Eastern Massachusetts. For that event, we will be using the fabulous three manual 40+ rank pipe organ of the First Congregational Church in Ipswich, an instrument on which I have been doing some major work for the last several years.

If you think a church pipe organ only has certain sounds and can only play slower music or hymns, you're in for a real surprise and a treat as you will hear how this instrument can handle show tunes and pops, contemporary songs and do amazingly good imitations of many other instruments as well. So definitely plan to attend this program of which we'll provide ample advance notice. See what can be done on the real deal; a large, comprehensively-equipped pipe organ. Joanne McMahon, the church's organist, and I will share the playing duties, using both the pipe organ and also a grand piano. Joanne was for many years a music teacher in the Ipswich, MA school system, and she continues today with a busy schedule of private lessons. An excellent sight-reader as well as a by-ear performer and improvisor, Joanne brings a degree of polish and excellence that is a real treat to hear in her performances.

There is plenty of parking around the church, no stairs involved at all to enter the building, and this is a large instrument with different sections in all four corners of the sanctuary. Talk about multi-channel stereo sound! This instrument will really define stereo. We've been installing new pitman style electro-pneumatic action along with state-of-the-art solid state control so this instrument can really do some serious and impressive music/making. Now, I've got to call Joanne and set up some rehearsal time!.

And another big plus is that we'll do this on a Sunday afternoon. So even if you work or have other weekday activities that prevent you from attending our Friday events, you'll be able to attend this one.

 

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picture of Ed Wawrzynowicz

Figure 1. "Big Ed" Wawrzynowicz on the X66 at our February, 2015 Meeting.

Don Sansom

Figure 2. Don Sansom presiding at the X66.

general view of our instruments

Figure 3. Ready for a concert! X66, Keyboard and in background, our former A100 Hammond Console.

jim Gregory surrounded by electronic gear and keyboards

Figure 4. Surrounded by electronic equipment and keyboards, Jim Gregory entertains at our February concert.

Jim Gregory using 4 keyboards and the X66

Figure 5. Notice the use of four MIDI equipped keyboards, one on the top of the X66 console, one one each side of Jim, and one behind. All were set up and Jim used all of them at various times in his program.

Ed Surette playing the Hammond C2

Figure 6. This is an over-all view of the setup we used for our December meeting. In the picture, group treasurer Ed Surette plays on the Hammond C2. A digital signal processor along with a mixer and power amplifier are on the center table, X66 console to left, and on extreme left, the house piano.

 

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