The Harmonica Club

of Huntington, WV     founded August 2001 

The West Virginia State Harmonica Championship begins 1:45pm, Saturday Aug 25th at 11th street and 3rd ave


Championship Rules

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The Harmonica Club will hold the Seventh

West Virginia State Harmonica Championship.
Saturday August 25th 2012

 and the
 Second Harmonica Quadrathlon
part of The 4th Diamond Teeth Mary Blues Festival, Huntington,WV
1st place: Seydel 1847
2nd place: Seydel 20 Harmonica Case
3rd place: Seydel Big Six
Quadrathlon: Seydel Summer Session Steel

Our goal is not to find the best harmonica player, but to meet and share with as many harmonica players as possible. Naming and rewarding the best players is just a bonus to the event. We want players of ALL AGES,  ALL STYLES, ALL STATES,  AND ALL TALENT LEVELS to come and perform.

a FREE event for everyone

Sat Aug 24th  On the gazebo at Heritage Station at
11th street and Veteran's Memorial Blvd

11:00am: Bob McGraw harmonica workshop on playing blues in the first position
Noon to 2:00pm: the 7th WV State Harmonica Championship followed by the 2nd Harmonica Quadrathlon (no entry fees)

the DIAMOND TEETH MARY AFTER JAM starts at 11pm at the Gazebo 

For more information  email

Rules for the Harmonica Quadrathlon


Up to 5 people will get to take turns playing a solo during 4 songs. The songs will be played and sung by The Harmonica Club of Huntington. The solos will be one verse long. Each song will feature all the players, each playing one solo. After all for songs have been performed, the judges will choose one Grand Champion.

The players will be selected from the players in the WV State Championship. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners get the first privelege to be part of the Quadrathlon. The judges may select other players from te competion, up to 5 total.

The 4 songs for the Qudrathlon are:
Traditional tune:      I'll Fly Away
Minor scale Tune:   Black Magic Woman
Major Scale Tune:   Silver Wings
Blues Tune:            Sweet  Home Chicago

Players have 5 minutes to play  2 songs.

You may sign up the day of the event
or mail your name and contact info to :

Harmonica Club
c/o Jim Rumbaugh
722 22nd street west
Huntington, WV 25704

or sign up the day of the event

Here's the LONGGG version of the rules, or click on the link in the left hand column.


The basic idea is that you have 5 minutes to do 2 songs

1.) EVERYONE, Pro or Amateur, is allowed to compete in this contest. The only entry requirement is that contestants must be able to play at least one recognizable melody on a harmonica. It can be either style of harmonica - diatonic or chromatic, and ANY tuning like minor or tremolo. Any brand or type of harmonica is permitted

2.) Each contestant will have 5 minutes in which to perform at least one recognizable melody along with whatever else the contestant feels will best demonstrate his/her harmonica playing skills. Contestants will be stopped when 5 minutes has passed. This may affect the points earned for your presentation. There are no deductions or penalties for performances lasting less than 5 minutes.

3.) A panel of judges will judge contest. You will be judged on in 3 categories.
I) technical proficiency/difficulty of piece, 40 percent of score
II) Artistic expression/originality, 40 percent of score
III) stage presence, 20 percent of score

4.) ANY type of music is permitted. NO PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO ANY ONE GENRE OF MUSIC. Gospel and folk players stand just as much chance at winning as do blues and rock players.

5.) Contestants must use only the sound equipment provided. No extra equipment may be used - just a contestant and his/her harmonica.

6.) No recorded music may be used.

7.) You may be accompanied by one other non-harmonica and non-amplified musician. Example acoustic guitar, accordion, or drummer

8.) The judge’s decisions are final