Germantown Country Dancers (GCD) is committed to a strong and vibrant community of English Country Dancing in the Delaware Valley. This is only possible if the dancers, musicians and callers are equally committed. GCD supports a variety of workshops for dancers and musicians to achieve this goal and looks for ways to nurture the development of local musicians. GCD hopes that the musicians that play for our dances love English Country Dancing as much as the GCD community does.
Each year GCD provides workshops for musicians. Our purpose is to give musicians an opportunity to learn more about the variety and uniqueness of English Country Dance music. Workshops also explore techniques to help musicians approach the English Country Dance repertoire and to provide great music for dancers. We invite well-known English Country Dance musicians to give workshops on playing for dancing. Past workshop leaders have included Jacqueline Schwab, Mary Lea, Barbara Greenberg, Bob Pasquarello and Kate Barnes.
Playing Music for our Wednesday dances
The Wednesday Music Committee engages musicians to play for Wednesday evening dances. If you are a skilled musician who is familiar with English Country Dance music, is able to maintain steady rhythms, and can play at dance tempo, you may apply with a band to play for a Wednesday dance. Musicians should also be comfortable playing the tunes on the GCD Repertoire List.
Open Band Opportunities
Three times a year for our Wednesday dances we invite both skilled musicians and those who are learning the English Country Dance music genre to play for an “Open Band.” The tune list is available ahead of time, and a rehearsal is often planned before the evening of the dance.
Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips provides another opportunity for musicians to work together on the skills needed to play English Country dance music. This rehearsed band, led by Bob Pasquarello, is open to all local musicians. The ensemble meets several times to prepare for an annual GCD dance.
If you have questions about playing for Wednesdays, feel free to contact a member of the Wednesday Music Committee (, Kirsten Erwin, and ). Questions about workshops should be addressed to who is responsible for Music Development including workshops.