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© 2020 Jan Bender

Bender Melodies


Organ Grinder Schedule
and Photo Album

2020
Organ Grinder Appearances
Saturday,
March 28
Noon - 4 PM

Big Baltimore Kite Festival
Patterson Park
Baltimore, Maryland

EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO VIRUS PRECAUTIONS
Fri. & Sat
May 1 - 2

81st Annual Flower Mart
Washington National Cathedral
Washington D.C.
EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO VIRUS PRECAUTIONS

Sunday,
May 24
11AM - 3PM
C & O Canal National Historical Park
Potomac, Maryland

EVENT CANCELLED
The 24th Annual demonstration of street organs and antique music boxes by the National Capital
Chapter of the Musical Box Society International.

 
Sat. & Sun,
June 13
June 14
10AM - 5PM

Bender's Circus Calliope
Knoebel's Amusement Park
Elysburg, Pennsylvania
EVENT CANCELLED
Organ Rally presented by the Carousel Organ
Association of America

Saturday,
July 4
8:30AM - 10AM
Little Patriot's Parade
Great Falls, Virginia
 
 
2019
Organ Grinder Appearances

Saturday
March 2
11:30 AM- 3:30PM

Culpeper,
Carnival
in Culpeper, Virginia

Culpeper Carnival

An all day family friendly Mardi Gras sponsored by Culpeper Renaissance.



Friday,
Saturday
May 3 - 4
10 AM - 4 PM

80th Annual Flower Mart
Washington National Cathedral
Washington,DC

 

At Cathedral
Terry has been playing "Happy Music for Ears of All Ages" at the Cathedral Flower Mart since 1996.

 

Sunday
May 26
11AM - 3 PM

C & O Canal National Historical Park
Potomac, Maryland

Terry-C&OCanal Park

The 23nd Annual demonstration of street organs and antique music boxes by the National Capital Chapter of the Musical Box Society International.

Thursday
June 20

Appletree II Preschool Childcare Center
Private Event

Saturday, Sunday
June 29-30

Bender's Circus Calliope
Shupp's Grove Antique Market
Reingholds, PA (Lancaster County)

A Mechanical Music Rally (organs, calliopes, music boxes large and small) presented by the Carousel Organ Association and the Musical Box Society.

Thursday
July 4
8:30-10 AM

Independence Day 
Little Patriots Parade

Great Falls, Virginia

 

Aug. 28 - 31

Musical Box Society, International (MBSI)


70th Annual Meeting

Rockville, Maryland

Mbsi Meeting 2019
Terry played during the happy hour before the Welcome Dinner, in the Hospitality Room exhibit, and during the Awards Luncheon. He also presented a seminar about his experiences as an organ grinder.
Photo by Lowell Boehland

75th Waterford Fair
Waterford, Virginia

Friday,
Saturday
Oct. 4, 5
10 AM - 4 PM

Waterford Fair2019

Terry began performing at the Waterford Fair in 1992.

Saturday
Oct 12
10AM-4PM

Taste of Brunswick
Traditional Brunswick Stew Competition & Fair
Lawrenceville-Brunswick Municipal Airport


Brunswick Fair 2019
At least 20 stew crews competed with their secret Brunswick Stew recipies.


Sunday  
Oct 13
Noon-5PM

Kentlands Oktoberfest
Kentlands, Maryland
(City of Gaithersburg)

Kentlands Oktoberfest 2019
Terry has been playing music on his German street organ at Kentlands Oktoberfest since 2008.

Friday
Dec. 6
5 PM - 8:30 PM

A Dickens of a Christmas
Chestertown, Maryland
(An outdoor celebration in the town square)

Dickens Xmas
Xmas-Jan
 
 
 

 

PHOTO ALBUM
G-20 World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings
Washington, DC
Germany chaired the 2017 G-20 Meetings
(Entertainment Exchange, Silver Spring, Maryland)
G20 Meeting 
 Waiting for the cue to begin playing German music.
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 and wife, Jan, at the 21st annual demonstration of street organs and antique music boxes by the National Capital Chapter of the Musical Box Society International.

C & O Canal National Historical Park
Potomac, Maryland

C&O Canal
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 in Maryland, Terry played as the canal boat went on down the canal after going through the lock.

C& O Canal Park

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 grew, providing all day shade for Terry and a pleasant pause for the many folks who attended 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 could 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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Wastel the Monkey

Terry and Preston-Waterford
Photo by Ron Hall
 

Other Events With Organ Grinders

Summer, Fall 2020
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 2022
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