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© 2017 Jan Bender

Bender Melodies

Organ Grinder News
and Photo Album

2017
Organ Grinder Appearances
Friday,
April 21

G-20 World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings
Washington, DC
Germany chaired the 2017 G-20 Meetings
(Entertainment Exchange, Silver Spring, Maryland)

 

G20-2017

Waiting for the cue to start playing German music!

 

Friday,
Saturday
May 5 - 6
10 AM - 4 PM

78th Annual Flower Mart
Washington National Cathedral
Washington, DC
Unfortunately, rain both days plus strong winds on Saturday prevented Terry from playing his happy music. This is the first time in 22 years that weather has stopped his performance at the Flower Mart.

 

Saturday,
May 20
9 AM - 3 PM

Warrenton Spring Festival
Warrenton, Virginia

WarrentonFair
Sunday,
May 29
11 AM - 3 PM

C & O Canal National Historical Park
Potomac, Maryland

The 21st Annual demonstration of street organs and
antique music boxes by the National Capital Chapter of the Musical Box Society International.

Tuesday,
July 4
8-10 AM

Independence Day
Little Patriots Parade

Great Falls, Virginia

Saturday,
Sunday
Sept. 16-17
10 AM - 4 PM

Bluemont Fair
Bluemont, Virginia
[To Be Confirmed]

Friday,
Saturday
Oct. 6,7
10AM - 4 PM

Waterford Fair
Waterford, Virginia

Sunday,
Oct. 8
Noon - 5PM

Kentlands Oktoberfest
Kentlands, Maryland (City of Gaithersburg)
Saturday,
Oct. 14
10 AM - 4 PM
Brunswick Stew Competition & Fair
Alberta, Virginia
 
2016
Organ Grinder Appearances

Friday, Saturday,
May 6 - 7
10 AM - 4 PM

77th Flower Mart
Washington National Cathedral
Washington, DC

 

WAshington Cathedral
Heavy rain on May 6 meant Terry couldn't play, but on the 7th, large crowds enjoyed the Flower Mart and the music.

This couple just couldn't resist dancing to “Rock Around the Clock”, a favorite from the 1950's.

This was Terry's 21st year at the Flower Mart.

Dancing to RockArooundtheClock

Saturday,
May 21

9 AM - 3 PM

 

Warrenton Spring Festival
Warrenton, Virginia

Due to the 100% chance of significant rain all day on Saturday, Terry will not be able to play this year. This is the first time in 22 years that rain has prevented him from playing at the Warrenton Spring Festival.

Sunday,
May 29

11 AM - 3 PM

C & O Canal National Historical Park
Potomac, Maryland

 

The 20th Annual demonstration of street organs and
antique music boxes by the National Capital Chapter of the Musical Box Society International.



Saturday, Sunday
June 18-19
Bender's Circus Calliope
Knoebels Amusement Park
Elysburg PA
Presented by the Carousel Organ Association of America

Monday,
July 4
8 - 10 AM

Independence Day
Little Patriots Parade
Great Falls, Virginia
Friday,
Sept 9
Private Event
Harrisburg, PA
 

Saturday,
Sunday,
Sept. 17-18

10 AM - 4 PM

Bluemont Fair
Bluemont, Virginia

BluemontFair

A 25 year Bluemont Fair tradition!

   

Sunday,
Oct. 9
Noon - 5 PM

Oktoberfest
Kentlands, Maryland
(City of Gaithersburg)

Terry Kentlands Oktoberfest Jan Kentlands Oktoberfest
  Hundreds of families with children of all ages enjoyed the family friendly Oktoberfest in the Kentlands community.
   
 
   
   
 

 

PHOTO ALBUM

 
A family, members of a German schuhplattler dance group at the Kentlands, MD Oktoberfest, listen to the music of the German street organ.
In 2012, The Cathedral Flower Mart honored Jamaica. The Kingston College Chapel Choir of men and boys performed several times each day. Here they meet Terry and listen to the music of the street organ, something they had not seen before. Jamaican Choir at Cathedral
2015 was Terry's 20th year at the National Cathedral Flower Mart. The little girl in pink kept calling out "More, More!" whenever he stopped playing.

Nat'l Cathedral

 

Terry joined the Fox 5 team for a morning pep rally outside Nats Park.

At the Bluemont, Virginia fair, Terry explains how the organ works and the connection between looms, weaving, and mechanical musical instruments. (The Bluemont area weavers, and the llamas and alpacas from nearby farms are in the tents.) Bluemont Fair
At the C&O Canal Historical Park, Terry played patriotic music as the canal boat went through the lock and on down the canal.

At C&O Canal

For this 2009 world exclusive performance at the Waterford Fair, Terry, cranking the street organ, and Mark Jaster, playing musical saw, were joined by Mark's wife, Sabrina, playing cymbal. With Mark & Sabrina Jaster
Over the years, the tree by the Post Office has grown and now provides all day shade for Terry and pleasant pause for the many folks who attend the Warrenton Spring Festival.
Dancing to the Clarinet Polka at the Warrenton Fair.
Netherlands Ambassador,
Mr. Christiaan
M. J. Kröner listens to Terry play a march at the Netherlands Embassy celebration honoring the Queen's birthday, May 2008.
At Netherlands Embassy




Terry talks with scouts at the
C & O Canal about the history and traditions of organ grinders.

C& O Canal, Maryland

Thousands enjoy typically perfect weather at the Bluemont Fair each year. “Big Daddy's” is a favorite food stop, and people can eat while they listen to the happiest music on earth!


Bluemont Fair, Bluemont, Virginia

Dancing the polka at the Bluemont Fair. Dancing in Bluemont

The Panda at the National Zoo's Guppy Gala danced to "Rock Around the Clock".

 

National Zoo
Visitors from the Civil War stopped by to listen on their way through Waterford during the Fair.

Like kids everywhere, these girls were excited to see the organ grinder.

Waterford Fair

Kentlands Oktoberfest, Kentlands, Maryland
(City of Gaithersburg)

 

Kentlands, MD
Members of a German schuhplattler dance group listen to the music of the German street organ.

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Terry and Preston-Waterford
Photo by Ron Hall
 

Other Events With Organ Grinders

Summer, Fall 2017
Both the Carousel Organ Association of America and chapters of the Musical Box Society International sponsor events with street organs of all sizes and types. Go to my LINKS page for links to their websites.


June 23 - 25, 2017
Orgelfest,
Waldkirch, Germany

This historic village, renowned in street organ maker circles, is filled with street organs of all sizes, from the huge Dutch organs to the small busker organs. This festival is held every three years and is worth the trip.


 


World Exclusive Performance of Duo

Mark Jaster & Terry Bender

In what is believed to be a world exclusive in instrumental duos, Mark Jaster, Washington, DC's favorite mime, plays his musical saw along with Terry's street organ at the Waterford Fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry at Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terry with Parrot


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Cathedral

 

 

 

 

Washington Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

Washington Cathedral