What is SPAH?
The Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica, known as SPAH, is an international non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Michigan in 1963 by a small group of visionary harmonica enthusiasts who were passionate about the instrument and about its relevance to contemporary and future music.
SPAH's objectives are to cultivate, develop, improve, foster, promote, preserve and advance the harmonica and harmonica playing. SPAH respects the colorful past of the harmonica, while advancing its acceptance as a bona fide musical instrument. SPAH wants to inform everyone about the rich heritage of harmonica music, the many talented musicians currently making music with this phenomenal instrument and the great pleasure to be derived from learning to play the harmonica.
What does SPAH do?
* Publishes Harmonica Happenings
, a quarterly magazine with harmonica news from around the world including seminar and convention listings, articles on playing techniques, repairs, harmonica clubs and famous harmonica players and groups, and information on recently released recordings and harmonica products,
* Maintains the spah.org website to support its objectives, its membership of players, vendors and sponsors and to support harmonica musicians and vendors throughout the general harmonica community. SPAH does this by communicating with its members and the harmonica community about its organization, other harmonica organizations, events, websites and other information about harmonicas, harmonica players and harmonica music,
* Sponsors an annual, 5-day, international harmonica convention, featuring seminars, entertainment by professional harmonica players and camaraderie,
* Recognizes and honors those who preserve and advance the harmonica,
* Distributes information on harmonicas and harmonica playing,
* Encourages and supports the formation of local harmonica clubs. SPAH members are encouraged to gather in their own local communities to form harmonica clubs. As part of local clubs and as individuals, many SPAH members participate in local activities that include parades, fairs, festivals and civic performances. Many major harmonica clubs sponsor a local annual convention or gathering which draws enthusiasts from far and wide to meet, renew acquaintances and play harmonica,
* Provides contacts to network with the larger harmonica community of players, clubs, vendors and sponsors,
* Promotes playing the harmonica for fun and health,
* Provides opportunities for its members to have harmonica articles published in Harmonica Happenings
or on spah.org, to teach and share harmonica knowledge and skills by presenting seminars at the annual convention and to get involved with the administration of SPAH.
Who are SPAH members?
Our members, who hail from the far reaches of the globe, span the full spectrum of ability from newly minted beginners to world renowned players. They play all styles of music and types of harmonicas. Among the membership are individuals and entire families, accomplished musicians as well as beginners, people of all ages and from all walks of life. Many members have played or do play the harmonica professionally. Their music styles, including Country, Jazz, Blues, Popular, Celtic, Classical, Rock and others, can be enjoyed via recordings or live performances. SPAH also welcomes members who just like to listen to harmonica music.
How do I join?