· HOMESTEAD STAFF ·

Meet the Homestead staff: Marv, Dawn, Bruce, Paul, and Holle! These folks are musicians and music lovers, and are eager to help you with your musical needs: finding that special instrument/pick/CD/book, connecting you with just the right teacher, inviting you to come back to jam!
Marv Menzel

Marv Menzel (owner)

Marv Menzel (owner)

Nearly half of my life has been spent as one of the prime movers of The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor® which makes nearly everything that came before obsolete, if not irrelevant, with the noted exception of my marriage to Dawn whose tolerance and patience made the last half possible and most enjoyable. We also share three adult children… [read full bio]
Dawn Menzel

Dawn Menzel (Owner)

Dawn Menzel (owner)

My musical background began in my family living room in a Chicago suburb dancing with my Dad while Mom played popular tunes of the 40s and 50s on the organ. My own preference was rock n’ roll and folk music. (Does it have a beat? Can you dance to it?) Folk music continues a favorite of mine… [read full bio]
Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson

Hi! I’m Bruce Johnson and I’ve been working and teaching here at the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor® for about twenty years. It’s a good community to beinvolved with and I feel fortunate to have been welcomed in. I’ve been listening to music all my life and have been drawn to acoustic music in particular…[read full bio]
Paul Hatch

Paul Hatch

Paul Hatch

25 Things (Facts, Habits, or Goals) About Paul: 1.  Be cool to yourself    2.  Have fun    3.  Be careful,    4.  I try not to be mean (really)    5.  I’ve danced with Patti Smith    6.  I had a conversation with Charlie Watts    7.  I fell asleep standing up at a Burger King counter    8.  The best thing that ever happened to me was meeting Jenny Hawkins in Ypsilanti Mich. in 1978    9.  The next best thing was marrying her in 1982…  [read full bio]