Capitol Building Washington, DC

Welcome to the National Capital Chapter of Musical Box Society International (MBSI)

We meet 3 to 5 times per year. Meetings are in members homes, at parks or for musical events. Members often bring guests and we enjoy sharing and learning about mechanical musical instruments and in socializing. Our "Pot Luck" meals are always memorable. Our newsletter, "Musical Notes," is mailed four times per year. Dues are still only $5.00 per year. Membership in the Musical Box Society International is a requirement for membership in our chapter.     ******2011 was our chapter's 35th year******

We hosted the 62nd MBSI Annual Meeting - 2019 we host again

 270 members from 9 countries attended

Updated Aug 25, 2017

Next Scheduled Events: 
    September 17 Chapter planning meeting for 2019 in Bethesda, MD
    October 22 Chapter meeting in north Gaithersburg, MD
    December 3 Chapter meeting Annapolis, MD

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Photos from the December Party at Dick and Cheryl's

We enjoyed many musical performances  Shared knowledge of our collections

This photo was taken at the Baltimore, MD meeting 2016
Friends, music and antiques

Chapter Events in 2014
Holiday Party in Annapolis, MD

Will M's home near York, PA

Mildred and Jack's Home
May 25 at C & O Canal Park, Great Falls, MD
The Kid's Touch table     Hand Cranked Street organ
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The April 2013 Meeting was held at the American Treasure Tour near Valley Forge, PA

The following photos, taken in 2012, illustrate how much fun we always have!

                      Come and join us!                                                                                    Hear Music
       Mechanical marvels revealed.                        Members' other hobbies.... like antique cars!            See how it was made.

           Lots of friendly folks                                                                                                         All ages welcome

Many NCC members attended the 2012 MBSI meeting in San Fransisco. See photos at :

2012 Summer Picnic at Glen Echo Park
These NCC Members are responsible for maintaning the Glen Echo carousel and organ.

We had such a great turnout at the December 2011 meeting, we did not fit in one photo


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More Past Meeting Photos Follow

Click here to see the May 23, 2010 meeting photos.

Our weekend in Lancaster, PA featured Sally's carousel horses, Ron's phonographs and
the Strausburg Railroad train ride.
Sally's horses Ron's Brunswick phono
Strausburg RR ride

The March 13 meeting bagan our chapter's preperation for the MBSI 2011Annual Meeting.
Activities included testing the Hilton's deserts and project construction.


2011 decorations More decorations

The December 2009 meeting had a cookie exchange with Christmas mechanical music.
Everyone went home with goodies.

Lots of goodies  We all love Holiday goodies

The November 2009 meeting in Gaithersburg was fun for all of us!

The Gang's All Here!
We heard lively music

The weekend meeting at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia was
held jointly with the Piedmont Chapter on July 11, 12, 2009.
Larrys Orchestral Toms Disc Boxes
Dual hosts Larry and Tom demonstrated some of their favorite mechanical music instruments.  
Everyone enjoyed the program and the mini - vacation at Smith Mountain Lake - a great summer resort area.
Larry's saddle bar Larry's pontoon boat ride

One of our members hosted the March 2009 meeting.
His collection featured 3 large music boxes with reproduction base cabinets he constructed "from scratch."
Regina 27 inch music box

In December 2008 we met for lunch and an organ concert in Catonsville, MD

August '08 picnic was at Glen Echo, MD where we really enjoyed the carousel.
Picnic and friendships

June 2008 chapter activities were the public demonstration at Great Falls, MD and the Wanamaker Organ Day in Philadelphia. Many of us went to the COAA demonstrations at Knoebels Park in PA June 28, 29.

Our April 2008 host demonstrated his exceptional collection of cylinder music boxes.
Exceptional cylinder boxes featured in April 2008

The '07 Holiday Party featured lots of sweets and
Our September '07 meeting was in  Harper's Ferry W VA.            MIDI music played on antique music instruments.
      Host assisted by his daughter                                  Music was served too

Our May 2007 meeting featured Lou Williams at the Wurlitzer.

The following day we were at the C & O Canal National Park for our annual public demonstration event.
We enjoyed player piano music at our summer picnic meeting.

Lou Williams entertained us


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