The North Suburban Home Organ Society

Eastern Massachusetts Premier Group for Those Who Love the


Welcome to our new 2017 Concert Season.

Conveniently located in the main auditorium of the WOBURN, MA, SENIOR CENTER
144 School Street, Woburn, MA

Next NSHOS Concert is Thursday, Sept 7, @1:30pm 2017 and features

Don Sansom

NSHOS Member Bill Lambert was our featured artist for the August meeting. Bill is, as I have often remarked here previously, entirely self-taught and does not read music at all, but this certainly has not stood in his way to becoming more proficient every time we hear him play. And, in addition to the Hammond Organ, he's also becoming a really excellent pianist with a great "stride" piano style. and he's also proficient on the accordion; and now his latest musical self instruction involves learning how to play the guitar. Considering the proficiency level that he is attaining and also the variety of instruments that he is now playing, we can only say that he is truly becoming a musician's musician, approaching a wide range of abilities that few others can touch.

This month, we have one of the NSHOS favorites back again, the Genial Gentleman of the Hammond, Don Sansom. Don, a longtime friend of the NSHOS, needs no introduction to any regular visitors to these web pages.

Later on this coming year, we're going to do another NSHOS special program which we will announce the month ahead, and that will be to feature a program on one of the more elaborate pipe organs in Eastern Massachusetts. For that event, we will be using the fabulous three manual 40+ rank pipe organ of the First Congregational Church in Ipswich, an instrument on which I have been doing some major work for the last several years.

If you think a church pipe organ only has certain sounds and can only play slower music or hymns, you're in for a real surprise and a treat as you will hear how this instrument can handle show tunes and pops, contemporary songs and do amazingly good imitations of many other instruments as well. So definitely plan to attend this program of which we'll provide ample advance notice. See what can be done on the real deal; a large, comprehensively-equipped pipe organ. Joanne McMahon, the church's organist, and I will share the playing duties, using both the pipe organ and also a grand piano. Joanne was for many years a music teacher in the Ipswich, MA school system, and she continues today with a busy schedule of private lessons. An excellent sight-reader as well as a by-ear performer and improvisor, Joanne brings a degree of polish and excellence that is a real treat to hear in her performances.

There is plenty of parking around the church, no stairs involved at all to enter the building, and this is a large instrument with different sections in all four corners of the sanctuary. Talk about multi-channel stereo sound! This instrument will really define stereo. We've been installing new pitman style electro-pneumatic action along with state-of-the-art solid state control so this instrument can really do some serious and impressive music/making. I'm meeting with Joanne later this month, and I am hoping that we can do this in October. I'll post a notice on the NSHOS web pages as soon as I know when we can do this.

And another big plus is that we'll do this on a Sunday afternoon. So even if you work or have other weekday activities that prevent you from attending our Friday events, you'll be able to attend this one.


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picture of Ed Wawrzynowicz

Figure 1. "Big Ed" Wawrzynowicz on the X66 at our February, 2015 Meeting.

Don Sansom

Figure 2. Don Sansom presiding at the X66.

general view of our instruments

Figure 3. Ready for a concert! X66, Keyboard and in background, our former A100 Hammond Console.

jim Gregory surrounded by electronic gear and keyboards

Figure 4. Surrounded by electronic equipment and keyboards, Jim Gregory entertains at our February concert.

Jim Gregory using 4 keyboards and the X66

Figure 5. Notice the use of four MIDI equipped keyboards, one on the top of the X66 console, one one each side of Jim, and one behind. All were set up and Jim used all of them at various times in his program.

Ed Surette playing the Hammond C2

Figure 6. This is an over-all view of the setup we used for our December meeting. In the picture, group treasurer Ed Surette plays on the Hammond C2. A digital signal processor along with a mixer and power amplifier are on the center table, X66 console to left, and on extreme left, the house piano.


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