For Musicians

A PlayShop for GCD musicians led by Jacqueline Schwab

Sponsored by Germantown Country Dancers to express our appreciation for our musicians!

    Registration is now closed.
Jacqueline put a limit on the number of musicians and we are now at capacity. To indicate interest in future opportunities like this, click the RSVP link below.

This is an exciting opportunity for GCD musicians to stretch and explore ways to further develop your individual and ensemble skills as well as your musical connections to playing for English country dancing. There will be no charge to musicians for this special event.

Why is it called a PlayShop and not a Workshop? The focus will be on personal and group exploration and experimentation guided by Jacqueline Schwab, renowned pianist with the ECD band Bare Necessities. Participating musicians will contribute to the design and content of the day, helping to create an experience that will be most meaningful for them. What do you want to work on? What do you think would help expand your own playing, or add depth to a band that you play with? Some of Jacqueline’s ideas include looking at ways to serve the dancer’s needs, connect with bandmates, play with ease and confidence, improvise freely and have fun!

Who should attend? Participation will be limited to 12 musicians who are already playing for GCD. The PlayShop is designed for ensembles (bands).

Where & When:
Saturday 6/15/19 11:00am - 4:00pm
*there will be a break for lunch (details to be determined)*
Horsham, PA (Peggy & Ret’s barn)

PlayShop Leader: pianist Jacqueline Schwab

Registration for this playshop is now closed. GCD plans to sponsor similar events. If you would like an opportunity to participate in a future PlayShop please email Kathy Talvitie (RSVP).

Open Band

The date for the next open band will be 6/19/19.
Caller: Jenny Beer
Band leader: Bob Pasquarello

A tune list is now available.

Playing for Dancers: Our Vision

Germantown Country Dancers (GCD) is committed to fostering a vibrant community of English Country Dancing in the Delaware Valley. This works best when dancers, musicians and callers are fully committed to working together.

GCD offers a variety of workshops for dancers and musicians to achieve this goal, and also looks for other ways to nurture the development of local musicians.

We hope that our musicians will love playing for our English Country dancers and will join us as a dedicated and appreciated part of our dance community.

Music Workshops

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, Kate Barnes, Robert Mills, Rick Mohr, Kathy Talvitie, and Chris Rua.

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 or suggestions about playing for Wednesdays, feel free to contact a member of the Wednesday Music Committee: (, Kirsten Erwin, and ). Questions about workshops? Contact who is responsible for GCD's Music Development.