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Gravenstein Mandolin Orchestra


The only all-mandolin ensemble in the North Bay, the Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble is named for the delicious apple variety that is farmed in western Sonoma County.  The group meets in Sebastopol, the heart of Gravenstein country.  Although they have only been together for about a year, the group has already begun to explore the classical mandolin repertoire, Brazilian Choro music, Italian Ballo Liscio, Klezmer music, and more.   The ensemble is under the musical direction of Gus Garelick, a member of the popular Italian group, The Hot Frittatas, and a former member of the Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble. Members of the GME include: Rhonda Berney, mandolin, mandola, mandocello; Jan Kahdeman, mandolin, mandola; Gail Sharpsteen, mandocello; Gus Garelick, mandolin; Dan Baron, mandolin, mandola; Marvin Winograd, mandolin; Bob Murnane, mandolin; Ed Hance, mandolin; Johnna Peterson, mandolin; Rich Nosker, mandolin; Bob Bayen, mandolin; Doug Wilcox, guitar; and John Kuntz, guitar.

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