Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The HarpBeats …a harmonica duo extraordinaire. Phil Caltabellotta and George Miklas have teamed up as one of the most versatile duos in harmonica history. Between these two men, they play every size, shape, and type harmonica that has ever been built, and they play them all at a professional performance level too. 

The HarpBeats are available to book tours and venues anywhere in North America, or Worldwide.  

The HarpBeats will work with your house band, concert band, orchestra, or unaccompanied.

It has been said that their performance is reminiscent of the finest tradition of harmonica groups, and that they bring considerable talent and enthusiasm to the stage as they perform time-tested harmonica classics.

See what people all around the country are saying about the HarpBeats:  

"The best of trio sound, played by a duo!" 

Henry Koong, Harmonicoots, Sacramento, CA


"Phil & George put on a great show that was VERY entertaining."

 Warren "Bee" Bachman, SPAH Publicity Director, Chicago, IL


"Great Showmanship!"

 Dave Payne, Elk River Harmonicas, Parkersburg, WV



AGENTS AND TALENT BUYERS CONTACT -------------------------------------------------------- 

Friday, May 27, 2011


The HarpBeats (George and Phil) will be appearing at the Grove City Strawberry Days on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM.  Come and enjoy 90 minutes of great harmonica music along with your favorite festival food from the variety of foods and vendors.

The Harpettes (Janalyn and Val) will join the HarpBeats for some harmonica trio and quartet variety.

You can access more information by clicking here or on the logo below.

Monday, May 23, 2011

John Philip Sousa and The HarpBeats

Did you know that American bandleader, John Philip Sousa, endorsed the harmonica?

Sousa was quoted on the insides of harmonica instrument boxes and advertisements across the country stating, "This instrument is the foundation for a musical career...and many boys and girls who are now learning music on the harmonica will step into the great symphony orchestras and bands of our country some day."
internet source: retrieved 7/23/2010

Did you know that Sousa wrote a march for the harmonica?

In 1930 the American band leader, John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), wrote a piece for harmonica band, titled The Harmonica Wizard. Paul E. Bierley, the author of The Works of John Philip Sousa, wrote, "Leading a harmonica band was a novel experience for Sousa when he was invited to conduct Albert N. Hoxie's fifty-two member Philadelphia harmonica band in September 1925. He was so impressed with their playing and the possibilities of the harmonica that he carried an endorsement for Hohner harmonicas in his 1928 programs and subsequently wrote this march for Hoxie's boys: The Harmonica Wizard. When the Sousa band came to Philadelphia on November 21, 1930 the mayor proclaimed the day: Sousa Day. 

"Among other events was Sousa's leading the University of Pennsylvania band, but the climax of the day was when Hoxie's boys came to the stage during the Sousa band concert and performed the new march Sousa had written for them. A special commemorative medal with the emblem of the Philadelphia Harmonica Band on one side and a tribute to Sousa on the other was presented to the march king at the close of the concert."
internet source: retrieved 7/23/2010

John Philip Sousa and The HarpBeats

George Miklas recently purchased and acquired the band score and parts to Sousa's The Harmonica Wizard March. Would you like to feature this unique Sousa work, with a representation of the instruments as directed by Sousa himself? We intend to present the harmonica duo, performing the harmonica parts with concert band.

Band leaders and talent buyers worldwide are encouraged to contact us via email for more information:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Buckeye Harmonica Festival 2011 (festival cancelled)

This festival was cancelled.

The HarpBeats will perform on Saturday evening, April 30, 2011, at the Buckeye Harmonica Festival.

We want to thank the Buckeye State Harmonica Club (Columbus, OH) and the Rubber Capital Harmonica Club (Akron, OH) and Danny G of for hosting and promoting the Buckeye Harmonica Festival again this year.   

Click here for festival information

Quality Inn And Conference Center
2940 Chenoweth Road
Akron, Ohio
Phone: (330) 644-7126

Sunday, August 29, 2010

38th Annual Garden State Harmonica Club Festival ~ November 18-20, 2010

The HarpBeats will perform on Saturday, November 20, 2010, at the Garden State Harmonica Festival.

For more information, please visit the 

283 Route 17 South
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604 
Hotel Reservations: (201) 288-9600 or 1 (800) HOLIDAY  
Mention the GSHC for reduced room rate of  $109 plus tax per night (max 4 to a room)

Virginia Harmonica Fest 2011

The HarpBeats will perform on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Virginia Harmonicafest 2011. 

Clarion Hotel (formerly Four Points by Sheraton Hotel)  
351 York St
Williamsburg, VA

For festival information, contact:  
Cardinal State Harmonica Club
Tom McCraig  
201 N Lynnhaven Rd 
Virginia Beach, VA  23452

The Virginia Harmonica Fest 2011 is sponsored by:
* Cardinal State Harmonica Club
* Capitol Harmonica Club
* Harmonica Plus of Newport News

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


(L) George Miklas and the SUZUKI BCH-48 Bass Chord Harmonica
(R) Phil Caltabellotta and the SUZUKI SCX-64 Chromatic Harmonica

The HarpBeats