Senior Center Jam Session

Posted: 2008-11-14

Thursday evening I attended one of the monthly jam sessions held at the Ham Lake Senior Center. We had a pretty good turnout again. There were 16 musicians and an audience of more than 15 people. We have had as many as 24 musicians at some of these jam sessions, and once in a while we will get an audience of 20 to 30 people. Instruments included acoustic guitars, banjos, horns, accordion, mandolin, electric bass, and a hammer dulcimer. We each got to do 3 songs with 2 musicians passing on their turns, so altogether we played over 40 songs. Players came from Ham Lake, Coon Rapids, Blaine, Andover, Oak Grove, White Bear Lake, and Bloomington. The next jam session is Friday evening at Glen Cary Lutheran Church which is just across the street from the Ham Lake Senior Center. All of the participants at theses jam sessions really look forward to the opportunity to get together and play their music with the groups. I must admit that some of the performances are a little rocky on occasion, but I think that most of them are good to very good and a few done by some of the more experienced musicians and singers are possibly professional quality.