Harmonica convention blows into St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Those winds from the East might just be man made as the annual harmonica convention blows into town.

'Out of the last 18 years, six have been held in St. Louis,' says Mark Olesnicki, of the Gateway Harmonica Club.

The Gateway Harmonica Club, hosting the event doesn't want to toot their own horn, but St. Louis is seeing a handful of harmonica players landing at the renaissance hotel near the airport.

'It's a little different than any other wind instrument because you inhale as you play it as well as exhale - which is supposed to be good for your breathing,' says Olesnicki.

In fact there's a harmonicas and health session for those dealing with COPD.

There's something to be said for these small mouth harps bringing players to the Midwest.

'Oh let`s see I've got 13 in here and maybe another eight up in my room,' says Jerry Deall, a Colorado based player.

For the next five days this Colorado resident will be sitting in on jam sessions.

On Friday children will get a free harmonica, lessons and lunch just for giving this wind instrument a whirl.

'So you just get so much out of this little thing,' says Deall.  'You can't watch yourself play it and you can't watch anyone play it because you can't see what they're doing with it in their mouth.'

If you want to hear with your ears and see with your eyes, the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica will be glad to so at their 51st convention now through the ninth.

'How do you know when a harmonica player is at your door?' asks Deall.

'I don't know how?' asks Patrick Clark.

'He never has the right key and he doesn't know when to come in,' says Deall.

Register at: www.kids@gatewayharnomicaclub.org
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