Arts & Culture
9:01 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Harmonizing on Harmonicas

Jack Hopkins, left, and Frank Jamison, right, jam together at weekly meetings of the Capital Harmonica Club, which Jack founded in 1991.
Credit Eric Shimelonis

It’s said the harmonica was invented by German instrument maker Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann in 1821. Nearly 100 years later, a man was born who would take his passion for the harmonica to another level… and keep it there for nearly another 100 years.

Rebecca Sheir introduces us to Virginia resident Jack Hopkins who… at age 94… has had a longer love affair with the harmonica than most.

Jack Hopkins, 94, is so passionate about the harmonica, he’s even devoted his license plate to the instrument.
Credit Eric Shimelonis