The Hat Band


The Hat Band is a contradance band from Portland that includes Jon Neff, guitar; Syd Newell, fiddle; and Meg Tapley, flute. Their use of three-part harmonies, along with creative arrangements of traditional, rags, blues, swing, klezmer, and waltz tunes, create a unique sound. Jon Neff is an IT specialist with a Bachelor’s degree in music; Syd Newell is a retired technical writer and former chemistry professor; and
Meg Tapley is a phlebotomist with a Master’s degree in music.  All three are members of The Portland Megaband and various other local bands.

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