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Silvertones play final notes: Band spent 30 years playing for senior centers

Posted: Saturday, Sep 29th, 2012

Sena Knornschild and Gordon Ingersoll, who make up the duo The Silvertones, staged their final performance at the Watsonville Senior Center Thursday after performing there nearly every week since the 1980s. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — The Silvertones started out in 1982 as a seven-piece band, a group of musicians who played for convalescent hospitals and nursing homes throughout the county.

Over the course of the past 30 years, the band that once consisted of viola and violin, drums and trumpet has dwindled to two members.

On Thursday, bandleader Sena Knornschild, 91, and Gordon Ingersoll, 80, played their last gig at Watsonville Senior Center, he on piano, she on the accordion. Both sung tunes that Knornschild described as, “Old standards. Music we grew up with, that people our age relate to.”

The Silvertones worked hundreds of gigs, including Saturday night soirees, Sunday afternoon “tea dances” and even at the Santa Cruz County Fair.

“The dances were the most fun,” she said. “I love the interaction with the audience. When I’m singing I can feel their response.”

The farewell performance filled the community room at the senior center and a table was filled with cards, presents and flowers from the fans.

For the complete article see the 09-29-2012 issue.

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