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Mike Kowalski

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'58 guitar lessons from Don Barr at Americana Music Studio.
'65 tuba In Orchard Lake St. Mary’s H.S. band.
'85  Mandolin, self taught.
'99 lever harp Lessons from May Bartlett, Lynn Reid.

Groups:
'60 Al Pazutti & the 4 Detroiters, a wedding band, played guitar.
'73 Italian Colonial Band – Maestro Guido Fucinare’s  concert/marching band, parades, played sousaphone/tuba.
'64 Blue Suites, played electric guitar in this Buddy Holly knock off band, got paid to play at the Michigan State Fair. Played Wipe out too much.
'87 Belgian Community Band, played 2nd chair tuba here for 12 years, at one time was on the ‘committee.'
‘01 Anchor Bay Community Band, tuba, son Andrew, is the conductor – 1st chair!
‘68 St Matthew / St Claire Montefalco contemporary music service group. Played guitar, mandolin, everything here 40 years.
'88 Immaculate Conception Church service group, played mandolin/ guitar up till '07.
'88 1st Congregational Church ran the children’s choir with Joan, my wife for 14 years.
'70  Macombers, played electric guitar and recorded for Del Towers  in this academic promotional show band for 3 years. Someone in the chorus soloed on Since I fell for you, one year, really nicely and they let me make my Guild Starfire cry thru my Fender twin reverb on that  tune. Also used a tape reel echoplex on Knights in white satin, they thought seagulls were in the house. Nice gig.
'71 Legacy, Played guitar in this Larry Santos style bar band for 2 years.  You like My Eyes Adored You?
‘65 Spots Before Your Eyes, high school rock, played guitar. We won 2nd place in the East Detroit H.S. battle of the bands in '67 with our cover of Under My Thumb.
'67 Jack and Mike or Mike and Jack (depending on to whom you were speaking) a folk duo, we won 1st place in the '67 Cobo Hall Teen Fair Folk Music competition with our version of There is a Meeting Here Tonight. 
‘06 volunteered with the harp for Odyssey Hospice  for 12 months.
‘02 volunteered with the harp for the Bon Secour Hospital for 4 years.
‘08 volunteering with the harp for the Henry Ford hospitals, one day at the Macomb hospital and 2 concerts on Fridays at the psych. ward.
'90 - Blarney Boys / Clan Blarney / Celtic Cross, play bass and lever harp, with John, Ray, Susanne, Rene. 
 
 Influences:
Aram Kachatorian -  This guy’s stuff is hot. Sabre dance, gayane ballet.
Eric Burden & Animals– These boys had it all -  attitude, fuzz, anti-war.
Deborah Henson-Conant  - Can you dance and play a harp and look half as good?
Hector Berlioz  - favorite all time piece of music - Symphony fantastiqueMarch to the gallows.

Rene Meldrum

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Mike Kowalski

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Susanne Wickstrom

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Raymond McCracken

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John O'Gara

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