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On a hot July afternoon in 1983, about a dozen members of a beginning Hammered Dulcimer class met at a park in Wyandotte, MI to review what they had learned together.  This was the beginning of the Silver Strings Dulcimer Society.  Since then, the club has grown to over 100 members playing a variety of acoustic instruments, about half of which are Hammered Dulcimers.

The purpose of the organization is to play the hammered dulcimer together with other instruments for our enjoyment, and to promote and encourage knowledge of the hammered dulcimer through regularly scheduled meetings, workshops, performances, newsletters and other related activities. The official club theme song is Westphalia Waltz.

Silver Strings invites you to join us in music, fun and fellowship. Silver Strings is open to all who are interested playing or listening to Old Time Music. We feature the hammered dulcimer, with a variety of other acoustic instruments including mountain dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, banjo, autoharp, string bass, washtub bass, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, recorder, and tin whistle. Learn new tunes and techniques, jam together with other players at monthly meetings, receive copies of sheet music, a monthly newsletter, and participate in workshops, festivals, public performances, picnics, fun and fellowship. 

You are always invited to attend our meetings as a guest. Regular meetings are held the first and third Thursdays of the month at the Good Hope Lutheran Church, 28680 Cherry Hill, Garden City, MI 48135. Click here for membership.


Fun and fellowship at a monthly club meeting.
Garden City, MI


Silver Strings members jamming.
Garden City, MI

Our music has taken us to many places in Michigan, Canada and several nearby states.  Silver Strings won the 1997, 1998 and 2000 Mid-Eastern Regional Dulcimer Club Championships and currently performs about 40 times a year.  Some of the places and events Silver Strings has performed are:  The Palace of Auburn Hills, Cobo Hall, Hyatt Regency of Dearborn, Detroit Athletics Club, Detroit Festival of Trees, Cities of Livonia and Dearborn, Dearborn Heights City Hall, Livonia Mall, Village Club, Taylor Heritage Park, Henry Ford Community College, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Dearborn Hills Golf Course, Burger School, Ford Performing Arts Center, Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Estate and Hill Auditorium.

Silver Strings is available for contra dances, weddings, anniversaries, concerts and other related functions. Silver Strings can provide music for many occasions whether it be a stage performance with information on the historical background of the dulcimer and the music, or background music with the soft sound of acoustic tunes while your party or event is in progress. Contact the Business Manager for booking or questions about performances.


Silver Strings performs at "Art On The Avenue"
Dearborn, MI


Silver Strings performs at Colonial Acres
South Lyon, MI


Silver Strings annually hosts the "Friends and Family" campout, a weekend of sharing companionship and acoustic music.  This event is held at Myer's Lake Campground, Byron, MI.  Scheduled events include jams, slow-jams and workshops.



A Saturday afternoon slow jam
Myer's Lake Campground, Byron, MI


An evening jam
Myer's Lake Campground, Byron, MI


Other significant Silver Strings accomplishments have included a cassette recording in 1996, a traditional CD recording in 1998, a Holiday CD recording in 2008, monthly newsletters, annual banquets, and hosted special concerts by Mark Wade, Rick Thum, Cathy Barton, Dave Para and other performers.

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