Jon Koenig - Bellows/Accordion
Jon remembers poking around with an accordion at a young age, but was formally trained in classical piano and organ, with occasional forays into renaissance wind instruments. When the time came to hang up the pedal shoes for good, he decided to pick up the accordion.
Depending on the venue, you might hear Irish folk tunes, German drinking songs, or accompaniments to the cowbells. In all cases, he now demonstrates "thinking outside the Bachs."
Sandy Beck - Kuhglocken/Cowbells
Sandy is an all-around percussionist who started her music career on piano at age 8. This early training established the foundation which allowed her to be conscripted into the concert band in sixth grade. She continued all manner of percussion throughout middle and high school (except for snare drum which was reserved for the 'boys.') Her music career was suppressed for many years while family and children took the forefront. After joining the West Michigan Concert WINDS in the early 90s, the hidden talent re-emerged. Little did she know at the time, but her early music lessons would prove to be a catalyst for future opportunities and friends the world over.
Becoming bored with the ordinary concert percussion, she began harp lessons for pedal harp and studied with a professional for several years. Sandy attended camps with expert training to hone her skills on percussion and harp. Celtic (folk) harp soon displaced the large pedal harp.
After joining Ein Prosit German Band as the percussionist, 'someone' had the bright idea that a cowbell feature was needed. Cowbells were located and ordered from Austria and a new learning curve begun. A yellow "Cowbells for Dummies" volume could not be located so experimentation began. You'll need to see a show or watch a video to see the result!!
She is most comfortably in the back of the band or orchestra, but will come out front as the "Mistress of Moo" when asked.
Again becoming bored, an accordion was ordered from Weltmeister in Germany and she now performs on Akkordeon with Ein Prosit German Band and the Grand Rapids Accordion Ensemble!