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In addition to my busy calling schedule, I'm in several bands that play for
contra and English Country dances in Madison, WI.

Stupid trombone tricks


Kevin Clark, string bass
Amy McFarland, piano
Jan Murphy, fiddle
Carol Ormand, fiddle

Harmonium plays tunes from near and far, with a solid driving beat and luscious harmonies.

The Madison Open Band (aka "The MOB")

Members: anyone who shows up with one or more instruments.
Pictured here, from left to right: Isa, Eric, Matt, Michael, Bill, Steve, and Carol

You can hear us every Tuesday night at the Gates of Heaven.

The Gatecrashers

Bill Obermeyer, banjos, guitar, mandolin, and harmonicas
Carol Ormand, fiddle
Steve Pierick, fiddle and viola
Matt Schaefer, string bass and barritone saxophone

An outgrowth of the Madison Open Band (aka "The MOB") at the Gates of Heaven, the Gatecrashers play a wide variety of musical styles and flavors, from sweet and smooth to growly and driving, always looking for tunes that will match the dance.

Lancashire Hotpot

Amy McFarland, keyboard
Carol Ormand, fiddle

On occasion, I have the pleasure of playing with Amy for the Madison English Country Dance.

Toad in the Hole

Mike Briggs, keyboard
Carol Ormand, fiddle

For several years, Mike and I played on the 3rd Mondays of most months, at the Madison English Country Dance. RIP, Mike.