2019 Convention News

News + Blog Excited about the upcoming convention in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois? The convention will be held October 9 through 13 at the at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Find out more information as it comes in on our convention...

Some Convention News

News + Blog Are you a mandola or mandocello player but don’t want to cart your instrument to Santa Rosa?  There will be at least one mandola and mandocello available to be borrowed for use in the en masse orchestra. We know that the airlines can make large...

Convention Room Shares

News + Blog Are you looking for a room-mate to share the expense of a hotel room? Provide your name to Carol Ginsburg at gizmos@earthlink.net and she will try to match you with other individuals who are also looking for a room-mate. Search for: Annual ConventionNo...
Ivers Mandolin Orchestra

Ivers Mandolin Orchestra

Mandolin Orchestras of the Past This picture was take in 1921, probably in Adams, Massachusetts, and shows my great-grandfather Joseph Ivers (center), great-grandmother Mary Ivers (center holding the Gibson F-4), and several other relatives including my grandfather,...
Toledo Mandolin Group

Toledo Mandolin Group

Mandolin Orchestras of the Past Photo taken on Vance Street in Toledo, OH, 1907 The mandolin player is Mr. Dobek, the uke player’s identity is unknown (Editor: I believe it’s actually a classical guitar.). Four of the others are my uncles on my mom’s...