Ukulele enthusiasts a growing group in Kalamazoo

Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – You may not have known Kalamazoo is home to a growing group of ukulele enthusiasts, known as the KalamazUkes.

The group formed about a year and a half ago and has grown to include up to 35 ukulele players at every "strum."

“There's always somebody like you, you just have to find them,” says Marion Koleski, founder of the KalamazUkes. “There are a shocking amount of ukulele players in Michigan. People love the ukulele because ukulele players aren't known for taking themselves too seriously. What the ukulele does is magnify joy.”

The KalamazUkes are always looking for new members, whether you’re a ukulele professional or brand new to the strings.

Koleski says the KalamazUkes are all about fun, friendship and making a mark on the world, one chord at a time.

“In your life, you have the choice of being a consumer or a creator. And if you could choose to be a creator, why wouldn't you?” Koleski adds. “What reason is there to bask in what everyone else has produced when you have the opportunity to add something to the world yourself?”
The KalamazUkes meet the last Saturday of every month at 2pm at Old Dog Tavern in Kalamazoo.

If you'd like to try your hand at it, they have ukuleles on hand for new players.

To learn more about the KalamazUkes, click here or join the Facebook group by clicking here.

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