The Marco Island Strummers - 2015Marco Island, Florida

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Band Photo, January 2010

The Marco Island Strummers is a band with “four string banjo emphasis" which plays tunes historically associated with the banjo. The band’s repertoire ranges from Stephen Foster compositions through ragtime, riverboat, sing-along, and Dixieland tunes up to the tunes of Tin Pan Alley days, and even includes a few concert band style marches. The band was formed in 1998 by five amateur musicians and now consists of 22 volunteer members, all of retirement age, enjoying the fun of playing and singing the music of the first three decades of the 20th century (as well as the occasional more modern tune). Instrumentation varies depending on the time of the season, but most of the year we have from 4 to 8 banjos, a piano, two saxophones, 3 trumpets, clarinet, trombone, tuba, and drums. Some characteristics of the band are listed to the right in bold lettering.

 

 

  • The band features 4-string banjos and four-string banjo music.
  • The band sings at least one chorus on 90% of its selections.
  • There is a wind section consisting of trumpets, reed instruments, trombone, and tubas to provide a Dixieland sound.
  • We have an antique 1956 International fire truck from which we play in parades.

This (static) informational website was developed 11/10/05. Last revision:  10/31/14. To contact band director, Wes English: phone (239) 642-1013 (or send email via web-site link to the right).  Mailing address:  58 N Collier Blvd, #406, Marco Island, FL  34145.

To contact secr.-treasurer, Lisa Hammond: (239) 389-0188

Band Photo, L to R, standing: Paul Wetzold, Wes English, Joe DeLorenzo, Brian Redmond, Calvin Wallace, Don Andretta, Bob Bengle, John Schroeder, Bill Shea, Hugh DeSamper, Renald Richard, John Keys, Jerry Stephenson, Ed Denison, Jim Dishinger.  Seated: Bob Kibbler, Gene Guilbault, Murray Crapper, Linda Hansen, Norman Terreri, Dick Burns, Jim Hansen. 

 

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Video - "Hello, Hello"

Video - China Medley & Down Yonder

Video - playing on 5th Av, Naples, 2012

Video - Strummers on 5th Av,Naples, Apr '12 Sax solo by Jerry Grillo