Any musician can join the Open Band at 8pm on the 2nd Friday of every month in the Spanish Ballroom. The Open Band has some of the Washington DC area's best musicians and makes new musicians feel very welcome. Over 30 musicians typically play, making for a very full sound. Musicians (some names missing):
Front Row L-R: Boe Walker & Larry Robinson, (banjos x2), Jim Besser (concertina), Catherine Chapman, Steve Hickman, Rebecca W. & Julia Borland-Ferneborg (fiddles x4), Marc Glickman (piano), Tom Sanford (Bass), Damian Kiska (egg shakers & bones)
Second Row, L-R: Emmy Truckenmiller (fiddle), Rachel Lachow & John Sauer (mandolin), Carolyn Ormes, Leslie Barr & Lloyd Lachow (fiddle), Peter Maier (banjo), Jim Stahler (whistle), Josh Sanford (mandolin & hammered dulcimer)
Third Row, L-R: Kathleen Davis (fiddle), Liz Donaldson (accordion), TBA female (mandolin), Basil Manns and TBA female (fiddles), Bob Boilen (12 string guitar), Tom Milke (guitar), Mike Fallon (Bodhran)
Way in Back: Carl Minkus (xylophone), Greg Ederer (banjo)
REMARKS: The Spanish Ballroom is a superb dance venue. Built in 1933 and restored in 2003, the art deco style ballroom has a wonderful 7,700 SF sprung maple floor which can easily handle 6 lines of contradancers.
This was the last (6th) contra dance in the first half. There were 3 lines of dancers before the break and 2 after. Attendance was down due to weather and severe traffic issues.