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Michael Pasquerette
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  • Sharpsburg, MD
  • United States
  • Since July 2011
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Michael Pasquerette's Discussions


Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Pasquerette May 29, 2012. 1 Reply

Hello all, my two worlds (Minstrel Banjo and Civil War Brass band) collide once again. Just wanted to pass along that we (105th PA Wildcat Regiment Band) are going to be playing at Antietam…Continue

Chord Charts for Briggs Tuning?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Morrison Dec 6, 2011. 7 Replies

Hello All:Sorry if this is a repeat question, a quick search of the forums and resources did not show me what I was hoping to find. Does anyone know of or have a Chord Chart, specifically for Briggs…Continue

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Michael Pasquerette commented on John Masciale's page AEBG
"I thoroughly enjoyed this year's AEBG, many said they thought this was the best one yet. We had many first timers and they all told me they had a great time and were able to connect well and felt very included in the events. My thanks to all…"
Jun 22, 2015
Michael Pasquerette replied to Tim Twiss's discussion Roll Call
"I'm ready to go, don't even need much gas! We seem to have gotten into our summer weather pattern already here, warm with chance of thunderstorms in the late afternoons. Good idea Barbara - maybe I can get my hotspot to work at the barn…"
Jun 15, 2015
Michael Pasquerette liked Paul Draper's video
Apr 30, 2015
Michael Pasquerette replied to Tim Twiss's discussion AEBG ideas
"Of those mentioned so far, the ones that stick out to me that have been popular and you would hear over and over at the last 3 or 4 gatherings I attended, and the workshops at Harper's Ferry are Briggs' Jig, Circus…"
Apr 20, 2015
Michael Pasquerette replied to Tim Twiss's discussion AEBG ideas
"Great idea Tim, I can help with the publishing if you need it. I can include a few blank pages so folks can keep notes and write out tabs for songs they learn from others over the weekend."
Apr 20, 2015
Michael Pasquerette is attending Wes Merchant's event

The Civil War After Dark at National Museum of Civil War Medicine

January 23, 2015 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
On January, 23 2015, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine will offer a special nighttime tour through its galleries. Visitors will follow the lantern of their guide through the darkened exhibits of the museum, meeting living history interpreters who will recount stories from the Civil War after dark. Tours will take place after the museum has closed to visitors for the day, giving attendees the chance to visit one the area’s most popular museums after hours!This special program will let…See More
Jan 20, 2015
Michael Pasquerette might attend Mark Weems's event

Joel Walker Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence, 2015 at Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park

May 29, 2015 to May 31, 2015
Calling all early banjo, fiddle, guitar, tambo, and bones players to save the date for the second Sweeney Early Banjo Convergence! We will once again gather on the beautiful grounds of the Appomattox Courthouse National Historic Park, where Sweeney was born and  learned to play the banjo, for some merry music making and fun. This year will be much less formal in structure than the 2013 event, as we plan to keep lectures to a minimum and banjo stroking to a maximum! The National Historic Park,…See More
Jan 12, 2015
Michael Pasquerette liked Tim Twiss's discussion Coming soon - the Ugly Stepchild of the banjo books
Nov 14, 2014
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Nov 14, 2014
Michael Pasquerette is attending Wes Merchant's event

Fiddle and Banjo at the Pry House at Pry House

September 20, 2014 from 1pm to 4pm
Wes Merchant will be playing a variety of 19th century dance and popular tunes on fiddle and banjo.See More
Sep 17, 2014
Michael Pasquerette left a comment for John Cohen
"Likewise John, hope you will join us again next year"
Jun 25, 2014
Michael Pasquerette and Dave Vinci are now friends
Jun 25, 2014
John Cohen left a comment for Michael Pasquerette
"It was great meeting you and playing with you.  See you next year!"
Jun 24, 2014
John Cohen and Michael Pasquerette are now friends
Jun 24, 2014
Michael Pasquerette liked Ian Bell's blog post Have Fun in Antietam!
Jun 19, 2014
Michael Pasquerette replied to Mark Weems's discussion Hot off the Press! The Music of Old Joe Sweeny
"Put me in for a copy as well! "
Jun 14, 2014

Profile Information

How did you find out about Ning Minstrel Banjo?
AEBG IV Conference at Pry House/Barn
How long have you played banjo?
Since July 2011
What kind of banjo(s) do you own?
Terry Bell Boucher, Terry Bell Stichter, Ome Minstrel Jubilee

Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 10:26am on November 18, 2011, Jeff Trace said…

Great to see you, too!  What a weekend!!  When I hear that car horn, will I be in the middle of a crosswalk?

At 8:59am on May 23, 2012, Al Smitley said…

Michael, you said that your two worlds (minstrel banjo and brass band) collide.

I wonder if you are similar to me in that I enjoy playing tunes on the banjo which are normally associated with period brass bands, though I don't play a brass band instrument.  Here are some of the tunes I play on the banjo....

Easter Galop/Railsplitter's Polka/National Schottische/Jenny Lind Polka/Holiday Schottische/Detroit Schottische/Flying Cloud Schottische/Rainbow Schottische/Prima Dona Waltz/Philadelphia Fireman's Cotillion/Last Rose of Summer/Listen to the Mockingbird/Steamboat Waltz/Rochester Schottische/LaCachucha

At 8:17am on May 24, 2012, Michael Pasquerette said…

I haven't played many of the brass band songs we play on the banjo, at least not yet, but I do enjoy Last Rose of Summer and Jenny Lind quite a bit. If you have any of those tunes you mentioned written out I'd love to try them out!


At 10:51am on June 24, 2014, John Cohen said…

It was great meeting you and playing with you.  See you next year!

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