John Whiteman is a harmonica player with more than 1700 harps in his collection, including one shaped like one of Babe Ruths baseball bats and one that fits on a ring.
But while his collection keeps growing, Whiteman says the number of harmonica players is down and thats sad to him because he considers it a very versatile instrument.
As he puts it, Its an instrument of the people. Some people consider it a starter instrument but I say you graduate to it.
Whiteman doesnt want to sound like a harpy but he worries that harmonica music groups, like his own band the KiwaniKats, could die out unless younger musicians stand up and take note.
The death of harmonica bands could be a sad song for Whiteman but hes doing his best to keep them alive. In fact, hell be looking for harmoni-converts this Saturday (Mar. 30) when he holds a lecture at a library in Oceanside, California.
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