MBSI Mid-America Band Organ
8-10 July 2004, Medina, Ohio
by Tim Trager (040618 MMDigest)
For nearly 30 years the Mid-Am Chapter of the Musical Box Society International
has organized and hosted America's premier band organ rally.
This wonderful annual event has resulted in the saying, "Mid-Am Has More
This is where people come to get educated about band organs as well
as monkey organs. Come and listen to the "Happiest Music on Earth!"
This rally is the special social time for mechanical organ enthusiasts
from all across America.
Just one conversation at a rally can keep you from making a band organ
purchase mistake or save you hours in building or rebuilding a band organ
by getting valuable tips from others.
This year's rally in Medina, Ohio, organized by Ed and Carol Kraus,
will be special indeed. This rally will really be a slice of down
home Americana! Just check out the beautiful historic buildings on
Medina, Ohio's web site: http://www.medinaoh.org/
The following is a list of special features at this year's Band Organ
1. There will be a special open house and barn where you will be able
to tour the wonderful large Kraus collection featuring music boxes, fair
organs, orchestrions including a great Seeburg G and a newly acquired
deluxe 92-key Decap dance organ. During this open house time the
Kraus's will host an old-fashioned get-together and farm style picnic supper.
2. There will be a thrilling band concert by the National Guard Touring
3. Another concert will feature the Community Concert Band. This
event will feature an Ice Cream Social.
4. The band organ rally will be held on the beautiful grounds of Medina
County Fair. http://www.medina-fair.com/directions.html
5. On Saturday, there will be a great mart held at the fairgrounds.
For those in the know, the marts are the best kept secret of the Mid-Am
rallies -- you just won't find marts at other rallies. The Mid-Am
organ rally marts are great because most attendees drive to the rally and
thus pack along a lot of goodies for the mart. In fact, some come
to the rally just for the mart.
Remember, you are in the heart of "Band Organ Country" and the stuff
is here. At past marts there has been everything from original catalogs,
band organ, nickelodeon, and piano rolls, roll frames, organ figures, drum
mechanisms, tracker bars, books, recordings, monkey organs, music boxes,
music box discs, band organs for sale, orchestrion motors and wall boxes,
back issues of various old catalogs and society journals, book music, book
cutting machines, and much, much more.
Don't complain if you can't find the stuff you need and have to build
it when you fail to attend the rally mart. Just think of the valuable
contacts you will make. If you wait for such items to appear on eBay,
first you will overpay and second I'll snatch it first before it ever gets
6. Many band organ enthusiasts also like antique cars. This year's
rally attendees will be in for a special treat in that there will be a
large display of pre-1930 vintage cars, from Henry's famous Model T's to
a number of fine brass era cars.
7. The grand finale rally banquet will be held on Saturday evening and
will feature special surprise entertainment.
8. Sunday will feature open houses at various area collections.
Don't feel left out with your band organ gathering dust in the garage.
Bring it to Medina where it will be appreciated. Pump up the trailer
tires, tune the trumpets, and COME! If you can't tune the trumpets,
we'll help you.
I don't want to hear any excuses for not coming. Don't let the
parade pass you by again this year, don't sit back and say, "I shoulda
gone." It's affordable. It's family oriented. It's _fun!_
You know you want to come, so make plans now -- join the many other
enthusiasts who have already registered. Come and discover for yourself
why Mid-Am has more fun! We'll see you in Medina, Ohio!
The three-page Medina Rally information sheets and registration form
will soon be available at the Mid-America Chapter web page. Watch
for a link at http://mbsi.org/calendar.html
In the meantime, JPEG images of the sheets can be downloaded and printed
from the link at the MMD Calendar page, http://www.mmdigest.com/cgi-bin/calendar.pl
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19 June 2004