Castro Valley Masonic Center Playout

July 2, 2015

By:  Sheila Welt
Photos by:  Bob Nelson

This evening was dedicated to the youth groups that the Masonic Lodge sponsors.  A young lady from the Rainbow Girls spoke to us about patriotism.  She was an eloquent speaker and her presentation was enjoyed by all.  The Rainbow Girls, Job’s Daughters, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts brought in the Colors.  The Rainbow Assembly served the diners their chicken dinners, which included dessert. The crowd was welcoming and enjoyed our entertainment.  We played patriotic songs, as well as some of our traditional songs.

Those playing were:  Guy Black, Tom Brunetti, Betty David, Bob Ehrhorn, Don Granberg, Ardie Jarrett, Bob Malucelli, Kit Nelson, Jack Starr, and Sheila Welt.  Vocalists were:  Kit Nelson, Bob Ehrhorn, Don Granberg, and Sheila Welt.  Don Granberg also played the washboard.  Bob Nelson was our photographer.

The cooks had hot dogs ready for those of us who arrived early to set up, which we greatly appreciated. They also offered us dinner after the meeting and some of our group took it home in carry-out containers.   We only had one little glitch with the sound system, which Bob Malucelli found and fixed very quickly.  He needed to replace a fuse.  Overall, we were all very pleased with the evening.

Aegis of Pleasant Hill Playout

June 19, 2015

By:  Diane Malucelli
Photos by:  Bob Nelson

The East Bay Banjo Club playout was on Friday, June 19 at Aegis of Pleasant Hill, which is a beautiful assisted living residence.  We played in the garden in front of the colorful flowers and cascading water fountain.  It was sunny at first when we set up the equipment, so we moved our chairs around to get some shade.  As the sun moved, it became shady and very pleasant to play outside.  About 45 residents and visitors came to listen and they sang along to some of the songs.  We saw a special resident with our gold vest on and Betty recognized him as Jack Hicks.  Jack is still a member of EBBC.  Bob and I talked to him afterwards and he has many membership cards and has been part of our club for 45 years.

Betty David was our leader for the day and Guy Black played the bass.  The vocalists were Don Granberg, Kit Nelson and Sheila Welt.  The banjo players were Tom Brunetti, Betty David, Don Granberg, Ardie Jarrett, Bob Malucelli, Diane Malucelli, Kit Nelson, and Sheila Welt.  Dina Melamed played her washboard and Clyde Dedmon played his guitar. Bob Nelson was our photographer. We ended with “When the Saints Go Marching In” and the workers danced with the residents and everyone enjoyed the music.  It is a fun place to play and it is full of nice people.

Stoneman Village Playout

May 26, 2015

By:  Sheila Welt
Photos by:  Bob Nelson

It was a beautiful day for an outdoor playout.  The weather was sunny, with enough breeze to keep the heat down. Our audience was spirited and sang along with many of our songs.  A lot of the residents came up to talk with us after our performance.  It was good to see friends from past EBBC performances in attendance.

Banjo Players in attendance: Tom Brunetti, Jim Blankenship, Betty David, Clyde Dedmon, Bob Ehrhorn, Don Granberg, Ardie Jarrett, Bob Malucelli, Diane Malucelli, Kit Nelson, Bud Pearce and Sheila Welt.  Singers were:  Bob Ehrhorn, Don Granberg, Kit Nelson, Bud Pearce and Sheila Welt.  Bass:  Guy Black.  Washboard: Dina Melamed.

Set Up, Break Down and Sound Crews included:  Tom Brunetti, Bob Elrhorn, Ardie Jarrett, Bob Malucelli, Diane Malucelli, Bob Nelson, and Sheila Welt. Our photographer for the day:  Bob Nelson.

An interesting side note to this playout: There was a  scheduling conflict between our playing and some kind of meeting that was scheduled for the same time slot.  We were informed that we needed to turn off the mics because we were too loud and the people in the meeting couldn’t hear each other speak.  With mics off, the singers could not be heard and it was difficult for the banjos to stay in sync with each other.  Regardless of the restrictions, the audience enjoyed our performance and the EBBC had a good time.

Sacramento BanjoRama 2015


by:  Karen Hefter
photos by:  Bob Nelson, Karen Hefter

The EBBC made a very strong showing at the 2015 Sacramento BanjoRama.  We were one of the largest banjo bands present that day, with 19 performers up on stage. We also had more singers than any other banjo band.  Our performance was very spirited and was very well received by the large crowd.  We started out with our club’s theme song, “The Banjo Picker’s Ball,” and our club members sang the song with gusto the second and fourth times through.  This gave the performance a very strong start.

We played a total of 9 songs, which featured 6 of our fabulous singers: Bob Ehrhorn, Don Granberg, Red Higgins, Kit Nelson, Bud Pearce, and Danielle Torres.  The singers were all real crowd pleasers and the audience happily sang along to many of the songs.  One of the crowd favorites was “Crawdad Song,” led by Banjo Hall of Famer Harry Higgins and sung by his wife Red Higgins and granddaughter Danielle Torres.  Bud Pearce always gets a lot of enthusiasm from the crowd when he sings “Hello Ma Baby” with his tiny plastic megaphone. The other singers were equally well received.

This year’s BanjoRama performance was a real showcase of our club’s talents – songs were led by 4 different banjo players and sung by 6 of our singers.    Our performers included:  Tom Brunetti, Jack Convery, Betty David, Clyde Dedmon, Bob Ehrhorn, Don Granberg, Karen Hefter, Harry Higgins, Red Higgins, Garry Kerr, Bob Malucelli, Diane Malucelli, Dina Melamed, Phil Myers, Kit Nelson, Bud Pearce, Larry Risner, Danielle Torres, and guest performer John Stafford on bass.

Later on in the day, our own Jack Convery was featured in his own solo set and he started out performing solo, accompanied by Evan Dale on bass.  Next, Jack invited John Stafford up with his clarinet for another song.  As time went on, Jack slowly built up the group on stage by inviting several outstanding EBBC members, including Kit Nelson, Harry Higgins, Danielle Torres, and Bud Pearce, to join him one or two at a time. Jack ended his set by playing Dueling Banjos with a friend who played the 5-string banjo.  Jack’s set was a half hour of outstanding music!

Pittsburg Senior Center

May 16, 2015

By:  Diane Malucelli
Photos by:  Dianne Risner

The EBBC playout on Saturday, May 16th was at the Pittsburg Senior Center and it was for their Senior Health Fair.  They had tables with health information throughout the building.  They had a wide variety of  entertainment before our performance, such as follies dancers, singers and tap dancers.  We played while people ate lunch, but we were delayed about a half hour because of the equipment setup. We played for about 45 minutes.

Betty David and Larry Risner led our group and Guy Black was our bass player.  The other banjo players were Tom Brunetti, Bob Ehrhorn, Don Granberg, Bob Malucelli, Diane Malucelli, and Bud Pearce.  Bob Ehrhorn, Don Granberg and Bud Pearce were our vocalists.  The audience really enjoyed our music and several of them got up and danced to our music.  There were two ladies that danced together and a gentleman that did a soft shoe dance.

The organizers of the event would love to have us come back again next year but we explained that we need to have setup time factored into the schedule.  We’ll see what happens next year.  It was a fun event and the seniors seemed to really enjoy it.

Sheep Shearing Day at Forest Hill Farm

April 18, 2015

By:  Karen Hefter
Photos by:  Bob Nelson and Karen Hefter

It was a beautiful day for shearing sheep (and playing the banjo) at Forest Hill Farms in San Ramon.  We played in a (mostly) shady corner, outside the old barn, from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm.  This was one of our longest playouts ever!  It was very low key and was well attended.  Betty and Larry took turns leading the club, since the playout was so long.  We had lots of singers for the day, including Sheila, Bob, Kit, Terry, Don, Chris, and Bud.   Our players were:  Guy Black, Tom Brunetti, Betty David, Clyde Dedmon, Bob Ehrhorn, Don Granberg, Karen Hefter, Terry Horner, Ardie Jarrett, Garry Kerr, Chris Lardge, Dina Melamed, Linda Myers, Phil Myers, Kit Nelson, Dick Neumann, Bud Pearce, Larry Risner, and Sheila Welt.  Bob Nelson was our photographer.

We also set up our “Try A Banjo” area and it was staffed by Karen, Phil, Sheila, and Ardie.  As usual, we had a great response to this. Lots of kids, including an adorable one and a half year old named Mary Ella,  tried our banjos and ukuleles and we even had several adults who were able to learn the chords to Camptown Races well enough (in about 5 minutes) to play the song along with one of our banjo players. They took business cards and might actually show up at a club practice and learn to play the banjo!  We can hope…  We also had a few people who wanted to try their hands at the washboard and gut bucket.  One man played the gut bucket so long that I was afraid that Terry wouldn’t get it back!

We also had an old friend, Jack Burros, visit our area.   Jack currently plays with the San Francisco Banjo Band and is a former member of the East Bay Banjo Club and the Oakland Banjo Band.  He borrowed a banjo and played along with us for awhile.  He even sang a song, which was fun.  Another man, who introduced himself as Gary,  visiting from Indiana, came up and asked to sing “Indiana.”  We are a flexible bunch and let him sing along with Bob Ehrhorn.  All in all, it was a fun day.


Orinda Masonic Crab Feed Playout

February 27, 2015

By:  Diane Malucelli
Photos by:  Bob Nelson

We had a  playout on Friday, February 27 from 7pm – 8pm at the Orinda Masonic Temple at 9 Altarinda Road.  It was their annual crab feed and we estimated about 140 people were there, including guests, cooks, and servers.

We were on a low stage and it was a challenge to fit 14 people and the equipment on the stage.  Betty David was our lead player and Guy Black was on bass.  The rest of the players were Tom Brunetti, Clyde Dedmon, Don Granberg, Harry Higgins, Ardie Jarrett, Garry Kerr, Bob Malucelli, Diane Malucelli, Dina Melamed, Kit Nelson, Larry Risner, and Danielle Torres.  Red Higgins, Diane Risner, Kasey Torres and Bob Nelson were in the audience to support us.

Danielle started off singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and Red joined her for “Bill Bailey” and the “Crawdad Song,” which was such fun.  Kit sang “Nobody’s Sweetheart Now,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “This Land is Your Land.”  Don Granberg sang “Oh Susanna” and “Five Foot Two.”  Red also sang “Darktown Strutter’s Ball.”  Danielle closed out our performance by singing “South.”

It was a fun playout and our sound system seemed to work really well for the vocals.  The audience appreciated the music and songs.

Oakland Masonic Crab Feed Playout

January 17, 2015

By:  Diane Malucelli
Photos by:  Bob Nelson

We were invited back to the Masonic Lodge in Oakland for their annual crab feed.  We played on a raised stage in a nice, large room on the third floor. There were around 100 people attending and most of them responded to the music when they were not eating their crabs.  We played on the stage, so we had lots of equipment in addition to the 17 banjo and bass players up there.  Guy Black played the bass and Terry Horner played the gut bucket.  Jack Convery was our lead banjo player and we played a wide variety of fun, toe tapping favorites.  Betty David, Bob Ehrhorn, Don Granberg, Karen Hefter, Deb Hodson, Ardie Jarrett, Garry Kerr, Chris Lardge, Bob Malucelli, Diane Malucelli, Linda Myers, Phil Myers, Kit Nelson, and Bud Pearce were the rest of the banjo players present that night.

Jack had us each choose songs to play and Bob, Don, Deb, Chris, Kit, Terry and Bud sang many of the songs.  One of the guests, Suzi Phillips, came on stage and sang “You Are My Sunshine.”   (Suzi is the daughter of past Masonic Master Joe Bettencourt.)  Bud then sang “If You Knew Suzie” for her.  At the end of the evening, we played “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Deb led a parade through the audience with her banjo and she was accompanied by Don and Terry with their washboards.  The audience had fun, we had fun, and it was a successful playout.

Walnut Creek Civic Arts Playout

December 4, 2014

By: Diane Malucelli
Photos by: Bob Nelson and Linda Myers

Our playout on Thursday, December 4 was for the Walnut Creek Civic Arts League’s annual holiday lunch. The Civic Arts League promotes the arts in Contra Costa County and will celebrate their 50th year in March, 2015. There were probably 150 women in the audience and many wore a lot of bright red and green.

Jack Convery led us in a variety of Christmas and Jewish songs, in addition to songs from our regular EBBC book. We started out with “Winter Wonderland” and performed some new songs like “Sunrise, Sunset,” which was sung by Sheila Welt. Chris Lardge sang “Hava Nagila,” in addition to a song by George Fromby called “Fanlight Fanny.” Don Granberg sang a song and played his washboard. Dina Melamed and Don played their washboards together to “Coney Island Washboard.” Terry Horner sang a couple of songs and played the gut bucket, to the delight of the audience. Bud Pearce sang several songs, including “Swanee.” Kit Nelson sang also and we ended with “When the Saints Go Marching In.” It was a fun playout and the audience sang and clapped along with the songs.

The people who performed today were Guy Black, Tom Brunetti, Jack Convery, Betty David, Clyde Dedmon, Bob Ehrhorn, Don Granberg, Terry Horner, Ardie Jarrett, Garry Kerr, Chris Lardge, Bob Malucelli, Diane Malucelli, Dina Melamed, Linda Myers, Phil Myers, Kit Nelson, Bud Pearce and Sheila Welt. Bob Nelson took photos for us.

Kensington Playout

November 11, 2014

By:  Diane Malucelli
Photos by:  Linda Myers

When we walked into the Kensington, they had a very large, beautiful American flag across the foyer.  It made you feel patriotic right away.  We played in the foyer and we had around 45 people in the audience.

Our leader was Betty David and our bass players were Guy Black and Terry Horner.  The banjo players were Bud Pearce, Bob Ehrhorn, Don Granberg, Phil Myers, Linda Myers, Tom Brunetti, Ardie Jarrett, Diane Malucelli, and Bob Malucelli.

We played the military songs first and everyone enthusiastically joined in as Bud Pearce and Bob Ehrhorn led us in those songs.  We sang some of the songs from Betty’s List and it was fun to see how much the residents enjoyed the music.  Don Granberg also sang a few songs.  We closed with “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America.”

Many residents told us how much they enjoyed our performance.  It was so nice to play music on Veteran’s Day.

Montecito Oakmont Senior Living

November 10, 2014

By Ardie Jarrett

Our playout at Montecito Oakmont Senior Living turned out to be a wonderful experience for all.  I don’t think I have ever seen as many people sitting in the audience for one of our playouts as there were today.  We tried to count the audience members, but they just kept on coming into the room.  We guessed that the crowd included at least 100 people.  The director of the facility welcomed everyone (including us) to the Veteran’s Day celebration, and read a wonderful poem called, “The Best On Earth.”

We started our program by playing songs as a tribute to each branch of the military….Marines, Navy, Army, Coast Guard, and Air Force.  Then, we just started having fun by playing lots of the “oldies but goodies” songs that everyone was familiar with.  Our singers included:  Don Granberg, Chris Lardge, Sheila Welt, Bud Pearce, and Bob Ehrhorn.  The audience joined in and sang while we were playing.  We all had a great time.  Our players were:  Betty David, Don Granberg, Tom Brunetti, Chris Lardge, Bob Malucelli, Linda Myers, Phil Myers, Sheila Welt, Guy Black, Bud Pearce, Bob Ehrhorn, and Ardie Jarrett.

Orchard Nursery

October 25, 2014

By:  Karen Hefter
Photos by:  Karen Hefter

The Orchard Nursery playout is often one of the most fun playouts of the year and this year was no exception.  It rained earlier in the day and we weren’t sure if the playout would be rained out, but we ended up with a beautiful day.  The nursery was kind enough to provide a large canopy for us to play under.  We enjoyed the gorgeous foliage and festive Halloween and fall decorations that surrounded us as we played.

A small audience was able to sit under the canopy with us and many shoppers stopped by to listen to us.  We do not use amplification for this event because no electricity is available.  This also meant that we had no mics for singers.  However, that didn’t stop us at all!  Don and Sheila gave their best efforts at singing (and being heard), before the group decided that singalong style was the way to go!  Chris stood up and used Tom’s tap dancing cane to conduct the band (and the audience) in a singalong version of “You Are My Sunshine.”  This was a real hit! We closed out our program with “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” in an effort to give the San Francisco Giants a boost for their World Series game later in the day.

Our players were:  Betty David, Don Granberg, Terry Horner, Tom Brunetti, Karen Hefter, Ardie Jarrett, Garry Kerr, Chris Lardge, Bob Malucelli, Diane Malucelli, Linda Myers, Phil Myers, Larry Risner, and Sheila Welt.

The Commons at Dallas Ranch

October 4, 2014

By:  Karen Hefter
Photos By:  Diane Risner

We were scheduled to play outdoors at The Commons at Dallas Ranch’s Fall Country Faire, but, since the temperature was in the mid 90s, we were able to play inside.   We had a small but enthusiastic audience for our performance.   Betty David led us in a variety of songs that the audience knew and loved.  There was even marching and dancing in the aisles for “When the Saints Go Marching In.”  Don Granberg, Bud Pearce, and Sheila Welt were our singers for the day and the crowd was very appreciative of their vocal skills.  The staff was very kind and offered us snacks and drinks before our performance, which we appreciated.

Our players were: Guy Black, Jim Blankenship, Tom Brunetti, Kermit Collins, Betty David, Don Granberg, Karen Hefter, Garry Kerr, Phil Myers, Bud Pearce, Larry Risner, and Sheila Welt.

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Club Picnic at Lander’s Landing

August 23, 2014

By:  Diane Malucelli
Photos by: Linda Myers

After a long drive winding through farms and ranches, we arrived at our annual club picnic at Landers Landing.  Most of us arrived before noon and Bobbie Landers gave us all a big welcome at her beautiful home on the water.  Don Granberg brought his keyboard and joined banjo players Betty David, Bob Malucelli, Phil and Linda Myers, Kit Nelson, Mike Stein, Sheila Welt, Ardie Jarrett, Guy Black, and Bud Pearce, as they played music for many hours.  Kit, Bud, Don, Bob, and Clyde sang many of the songs.  The neighbors on the island across from Bobbie’s home even came out on their deck to listen to the wonderful music!

Other attendees at the picnic were Mary Black and her son Randy, Bernadette Espejo, Diane Malucelli and her mom Irene, Clyde Dedmon, Dina Melamed, Jim and Angelina Blankenship, Bob Nelson, Gloria Pearce, and Jeannine Stein.  A young friend of Bobbie’s came to the picnic.  His name is Marek and he is from Tabor in the CzechRepublic.  He attended with three other young people who are  part of his host family.  They went out on the boat with Bobbie’s daughter, Holly Burke.  Holly also took a few of our banjo group out on the boat to tour the Delta.

We had a wonderful lunch of sausages, veggie burgers, corn on the cob, salads, chips, dips and great desserts.  Don brought a delicious homemade cheesecake that he made from his mom’s recipe.  It was a beautiful, relaxing, warm day on the Delta with fun music and great people.  We are so thankful to Bobbie and her family for this opportunity to visit her home and the Delta for our annual picnic.  Thank you so much!

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Relay For Life Playout

July 12, 2014

By:  Kit Nelson
Photos by:  Bob Nelson and Edward Hefter

Todos De Santos park in Concord, CA was the scene of a “Relay For Life” walk to support the American Cancer Society.  It is a 24-hour walk-a-thon for a cure and all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.  We were delighted to be a part of their day and we thank the American Cancer Society for the opportunity to play at this event.

We had a wonderful turnout of 23 performers from the East Bay Banjo Club. Our performers were:  Betty David, Guy Black, Tom Brunetti, Jesse De Torres, Marco and Brian Green, Harry and Red Higgins, Don Granberg, Terry Horner, Karen Hefter, Ardie Jarrett, Chris Lardge, Bob and Diane Malucelli, Dina Melamed, Phil and Linda Myers, Kit Nelson, Bud Pearce, Larry Risner, Sheila Welt, and Ken Williamson.  Other club members who attended were Jim Abele, Georgette De Torres, Clyde Dedmon, and Bob Nelson.

A “Try A Banjo” area was set up adjacent to the stage and staffed by Karen and Linda.  People could stop by and learn more about banjos, ukuleles, and the East Bay Banjo Club. Karen and Linda let people try the banjos and ukes we had on display and taught the visitors to play a 2-chord song (The Hokey Pokey).

Quite a variety of musical talents were displayed that day by our members.  The audience enjoyed the list of songs that Betty, our Music Director, chose to play.  The EBBC did a wonderful service to our community by volunteering to provide music to people who are “fighting for the cure.”  Everyone in the club can feel proud to have made their own personal contribution to the American Cancer Society.  We hope we are invited back next year.


EBBC at Relay For Life.

E TX BBC at Relay For Life.

Orinda 4th of July Parade

By Karen Hefter
Photos by:  Karen Hefter, Edward Hefter, Linda Myers, and Gloria Pearce
Video by:  Edward Hefter

We couldn’t have picked a nicer day for a parade!  Spirits were high as we rode down the streets of Orinda on our festive float.  We  decorated the flatbed truck with bales of straw, bunting, and plenty of American flags.  Betty David led us in our parade songs, which we played to the cheers of the audience.  Many people smiled at us and air strummed imaginary banjos as we went by.  We were told that it was much easier to hear us this year, as compared to last year, which is good!  The parade was really well attended this year and it is a real treat to be part of this slice of Americana.  Diane and Bob Malucelli coordinated this event for us and even brought coffee and doughnuts for us to enjoy as we decorated the float!

We would like to thank our wonderful sponsors, Alex and Alice Gailas of A.G. Realty (and their dog Apollo) for sponsoring our float again and for riding with us.  We would also like to thank club member Bobbie Landers for arranging the logistics of the straw bales for us this year.  Our performers were:  Guy Black, Betty David, Don Granberg, Brian Green, Marco Green, Karen Hefter, Harry Higgins, Red Higgins, Deb Hodson, Bob Malucelli, Diane Malucelli, Linda Myers, Phil Myers, and Bud Pearce.

EBBC at the 2014 Orinda 4th of July Parade from East Bay Banjo Club on Vimeo.

Stoneman Village Playout

July 3, 2014

By:  Diane Malucelli
Photos by:  Bob Nelson

We had an enjoyable playout at StonemanVillage in Pittsburg.  We were going to play in their outdoor patio, but we were moved into their recreation room because it was too warm outside.  We were very happy to be in the air conditioning!

The members who played were Betty David, Guy Black, Kit Nelson, Don Granberg, Linda Myers, Phil Myers, Jim Blankenship, Bob Malucelli, and Diane Malucelli.  Since it was right before the 4th of July, Betty led us in a state themed program, including songs like “Missouri Waltz” and “Alabama Jubilee.”  We played all 5 of the military songs.  Betty acknowledged each branch of the military individually and asked the veterans to stand when their branch’s song was played. Kit Nelson sang and led the group in the military songs.  Don Granberg played several songs on the piano, which really added a special touch to our music.  We ended with “God Bless America.”

We had about forty people in the audience and I want to highlight two special residents who were present in the audience.  Mac Coates, the president of the Pittsburg Lions Club, was in the front of the room and he loved every song.  He really inspired us with his enthusiasm as he cheered us on.  The other person I would like to mention is Joe Morales, an Army veteran.  He was drafted in World War II,  reenlisted four times, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  He took a photo with Bob Nelson, our own Marine veteran.

Aegis Senior Living Playout

June 19, 2014

By:  Karen Hefter
Photos by:  Bob Nelson

The EBBC had an amazing turnout of 18 players and 2 supporting members at this playout!  We performed in a beautiful, shaded courtyard in front of a gurgling fountain while the audience members lounged in chairs around the perimeter of the courtyard.  They were served drinks and hors d’oeuvres by staff members during our performance.  The EBBC was invited to join the residents for a light buffet following the show.

We performed a number of singalong and dance favorites and audience members clapped as we played.  Towards the end, many of them rose to their feet and danced to “Five Foot Two” and our closing number, “When The Saints Go Marching In.”  Our youngest member, Danielle Torres, sang several songs, to the delight of the audience. Don Granberg, Kit Nelson, Red Higgins, Bud Pearce, and Chris Lardge also entertained the audience with their vocals.  Our performers were:  Guy Black, Tom Brunetti, Kermit Collins, Betty David, Don Granberg, Karen Hefter, Harry Higgins, Red Higgins, Ardie Jarrett, Chris Lardge, Bob Malucelli, Diane Malucelli, Linda Myers, Phil Myers, Kit Nelson, Bud Pearce, Larry Risner, and Danielle Torres.  Club members Bob Nelson and Jim Abele were present in the audience, along with EBBC alumnus Jack Hicks.

EBBC at Aegis Senior Living.

EBBC at Aegis Senior Living.

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Kensington Playout

May 26, 2014

By:  Bud Pearce
Photos by:  Bob Nelson

The East Bay banjo strummers helped the seniors at Kensington Senior Living Center celebrate Memorial Day 2014. The performance got off to a somewhat rocky start, due to a problem with the audio system. With only one speaker working and no way to increase  the volume, the audience could not hear Betty David’s opening remarks. The first songs were a salute to all branches of the Armed Forces (Marines, Navy, Army, Coast Guard, and Air Force), but we relied heavily on Kit being able to start each vocally. Again, the audio system caused less than desirable results. We must correct these problems if we expect our audiences to enjoy our performances.

Some excitement occurred during the performance when the EMT’s arrived along with an ambulance to take care of a medical emergency somewhere in the facility. Fortunately, most of the audience was unaware of the happenings, as their backs were turned to the facility entrance.

Despite the problems, the  East Bay performers did their best to provide a fine memorial day celebration. Performers included Betty David, leader, Kit Nelson, Bud Pearce, Karen Hefter, Chris  Lardge, Dina Melamed, Guy Black, Sheila Welt,  Don Granberg, Herb Moore, and Ardie Jarrett.






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