Damian Kiska

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I got my first set of bones from Sandor Slomovits in Ann Arbor while taking a creative musicianship class at the University of Michigan. I then fell in to a group that played authentic Moroccan music, and the bones were made honorary Moroccans. I had the privilege of playing with Percy Danforth once, who gave me a very high praise indeed, “You’ve been playing the bones!” Since then I have been sitting in with Contra Dance bands (reels) from Colorado to the Capitol Beltway. I play Danforth Bones made by Ray Schairer – Pine in my right hand and either Cherry or Oak in my left hand. Playing bones is one of the joys of my life.