Big in Sound and Joy – The Simcha Band!


We may have been small in number but we were big in sound and joy. Just ask the audience who sang, danced and clapped to the rhythm of all the melodies.

Special thanks to Conductor Mark Weinstein, and band members: Elliot Lasiter, Jerilyn Margulies, Mike Tizhgarten, Howie Erichson, Andy Silikovitz, and Merrill Silver. Joining the band for the first time were Collin Brooks and Nathan Pendola.  We look forward to watching Collin (electric guitar) and Nathan (drums) grow up with the band.  We welcome and thank Dan Silver who came from NYC to make music with us.

When our Syrian refugee guests arrived late, the first thing they said was, “Where’s the music?” So after candle-lighting, some of us spontaneously played an impromptu medley of Israeli folksongs, songs from the liturgy, as well as a repeat of our Chanuka repertoire. Special thanks to Lily Lucey for leading us in song and helping our musicians entertain a full house of congregants and guests.

If we have just eaten our last latke and lit the last candle, can Purim be far away?  The Simcha Band will perform at our annual Purim celebration.  If you are interested in joining the band, I can send you music and you can start practicing.   NOW!  The music is very basic. We will have one rehearsal in March.  Mark will give you confidence and make you a better musician than you could have imagined.

Thanks to the office and custodial staff, and to John Lasiter for the publicity.


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