KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Mitchell Man "Pumps" Life Back Into Accordions



Bookmark and Share

It used to be a staple of many big bands and orchestras of the past, now the accordion and players of the instrument have diminished in large numbers.
    
But one Mitchell man's love for this musical instrument is keeping it from falling silent altogether. In fact, he breathing new life into its bellows.
   
Veryl Hohn is not your typical repair man. Some turn wrenches on cars, some refrigerators, or TV sets, Veryl gets "pumped" on overhauling stomach Steinways, also known as, accordions.

"I had an uncle that played, and I just loved to sit and watch him play,"said Hohn.

But, it was another famous South Dakotan from Roslyn that Veryl watched on TV that really fueled his passion for the accordion.

"Myron Floren...He was the guy,!"said Hohn. "He played the hard stuff. A lot of people just play the easy stuff."

But life's bumps in the road, unlike accordion music, didn't always come so easy for this wizard of the "one man band."

Veryl's been playing the accordion since he was a young child, but it was a situation 20 years ago with his family farm that got him thinking, 'I love to play the accordion, but what else can I do with it to make some money?'

"When the 1980s came along we had to quit,"said Hohn "Interest got so high, that we couldn't pay it."


And at an age when many are thinking about retirement plans, Veryl started repairing accordions full time.

Today, the popularity of the accordion has diminished, other repair men have either quit, or moved on. As far as players go, he couldn't even get his son to keep the "squeeze box" on his shoulders.

"When they get to be teenagers, you're a nerd if you play the accordion,"said Hohn.

But from Veryl's eyes, his relationship with this instrument from the old world is far from its swan song.

"What are you gonna do if you retire?",said Hohn. "It's kind of a hobby, If you use a hobby to make a living....it probably doesn't get any better than that!"

Ten tinkering fingers and a tune in the ticker, all to keep the music from fading.

-Phil McIlrath
p_mcilrath@kdlt.com
Facebook: KDLT Phil McIlrath
Twitter: @mackinthemornin
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
Someone You Should Know Archive
     

Dozens Gather For Ferguson Rally In SF  story with video

For ten days now the streets of Ferguson, MO. have been filled with protesters, tear ...

Parks Board Approves Alcohol Ban

The Sioux Falls Parks Board has finally had their discussion on the proposed ...

Ex-Prosecutor Pleads Not Guilty To Rape Charges

A former South Dakota county prosecutor has pleaded not guilty to child ...

Daycare Provider Faces Child Abuse Charges  story with video  Aug. 19

SD: 90 % Of Students Finished High School  Aug. 19

Iowa Boy Accused Of Severely Injuring Dog  Aug. 19

Dems Call For Daugaard, Rounds Subpoenas  Aug. 19

Sioux Falls Construction To Build Indoor Pool  Aug. 19

Tea Fire Dept. Deals With Lack Of Hydrants  story with video  Aug. 19

SFPD Release Casino Robbery Surveillance  Aug. 19

Day Care Provider Charged For Injuring Boy  Aug. 19

The Compass Center Discusses New Initiatives   Aug. 19

Teens Plead Guilty In Fatal SF Shooting  Aug. 19

Planning a Quick Weekend Getaway This Fall  story with video  Aug. 19

Morning Show Shares Back To School Photos  story with video  Aug. 19

Man Gets Life For Killing Pregnant Girlfriend  Aug. 19

SF Restaurants Featured New York Times  story with video  Aug. 18

Police, Cyclists Take On 'Bikes and Cars'   Aug. 18

Ferguson Protest Planned For Tuesday In SF  Aug. 18

Judge Rules In Favor Of SD Gubernatorial Candidate  Aug. 18

KDLT News Archive
     

Day Care Provider Charged For Injuring Boy

Police in Sioux Falls say a day care provider is facing a ...

Daycare Provider Faces Child Abuse Charges  story with video

A Sioux Falls home daycare provider is facing felony ...

Teens Plead Guilty In Fatal SF Shooting

Two teens involved in the December 2013 fatal shooting ...

Dems Call For Daugaard, Rounds Subpoenas  Aug. 19

Man Gets Life For Killing Pregnant Girlfriend  Aug. 19

Tea Fire Dept. Deals With Lack Of Hydrants  story with video  Aug. 19

Dozens Gather For Ferguson Rally In SF  story with video  Aug. 19

Iowa Boy Accused Of Severely Injuring Dog  Aug. 19

KDLT News Archive
     

Birds go extras behind Kirby-Jones HR's  story with video

A. J. Kirby-Jones continued his power surge with 2 more HR's Tuesday night at the ...

MMA Fights finally come to South Dakota  story with video

Quietly, South Dakota and Sioux Falls has been an MMA hotbed. ...

Kluwe, Vikings Reach Settlement To Avert Lawsuit

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he's reached a ...

Softball season is underway  story with video  Aug. 18

Talcott adds amateur title to resume  story with video  Aug. 18

Wynot Clutch Late To Dethrone Defending B Champ Alexandria  story with video  Aug. 17

Renner Does It The Hard Way To Defend Title  story with video  Aug. 17

Winnipeg White Washes Canaries  story with video  Aug. 17

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top