The Teacher

The Band

Live music parties EVERY EVENING by members of the Pinewoods Band: 

Tom Pixton, Ralph Iverson, & Patrick Yacono!

 Tom, Ralph, and Patrick have been playing international dance music together for more than twenty years. In addition to their numerous independent musical activities in the Boston area, they have played for dance events across the US and Canada as part of the Pinewoods Band. 

Tom Pixton 

Tom Pixton (accordion, vocals) is one of Boston’s most active International, Balkan, and Scottish folk dance musicians. He has worked with many of today's most accomplished dance teachers and musicians as accordionist, pianist, band leader, music arranger, and CD producer. As a soloist or with the Pinewoods Band, he has provided dance music for dance camps, workshops, and special events in the US, Canada, and Japan. He has provided music leadership for theBoston Branch of the Royal Scottish Dance SocietyCambridge Revels, and the Folk Arts Center of New England. Tom is thrilled to once again be leading the live music at this year’s June Camp in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Ralph Iverson (violin, gadulka, tambura, kavalRalph Iverson started playing for international folk dancing in 1985.  He has been a member of many folk dance groups including Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble (orchestra director), Cambridge Folk Orchestra, Pinewoods Band, Pajdashi, Rakija, Zdravets, and Zornitsa. He plays many instruments including violin, gadulka, tambura, and penny whistle. Ralph also plays violin with the New England Philharmic and with MIT Gilbert and Sullivan
Players. He recently submitted a winning composition for gadulka and accompaniment to a "7/8" competition in Bulgaria.

Patrick Yacono (clarinet, kaval, gajda, vocals
Patrick Yacono has been active in the Boston international folk dance music scene for many years. He currently plays in several bands, including the Cambridge Folk Orchestra, the Pinewoods Band, Rakiya, Shining Moon, Zdravets, and Zornitsa, performing frequently at folk dance events and festivals throughout New England, in addition to appearances elsewhere in the US, Canada, and Bulgaria. He currently teaches the instrumental section of the International Music Club, a group of musicians that meet and rehearse under the auspices of the Folk Arts Center of New England to play for folk dances. An accomplished pianist, Patrick earned his doctorate from Boston University in Collaborative Piano, writing his thesis on the songs of the Bulgarian composer Marin Goleminov, and performs frequently as a piano accompanist and as principal keyboard player of the New England Philharmonic. In his "spare time," Patrick works as a research assistant at the Harvard Medical School.

 YOU can also join the Band! Practice sessions will be scheduled during camp for a “Camper Band” who will join in for select numbers.  Please indicate your interest, instrument(s), and level with your registration and we will send music in advance in case you want to prepare!