The heart of the Musical Box Society International is
its chapters, where the goals of MBSI are accomplished by dedicated
has eleven local chapters in the U.S. and one in Japan. In addition to
facilitating interaction between members about restoration, maintenance,
buying and selling, etc., most of the chapters engage in some kind of
The task of selecting meeting sites, arranging hotel
accommodations, bus trips, coordinating collections to visit, workshops
and lectures to attend is a time consuming effort, all arranged by MBSI
See the MBSI Calendar of Events page for more
Click on any of the Chapter links
below for more information
| || East Coast Chapter Established: 1965|
The East Coast Chapter includes MBSI members from New England, New York, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. We hold four meetings each year, rotating the location around our large geographic area. Three of the meetings are weekend get-togethers, that include a Chapter business meeting, educational workshops, sightseeing, a banquet dinner, a Chapter mart and member open houses. The summer meeting is usually a picnic at a members home or at a local attraction. Our Chapter newsletter, the Comb and Bellows is published quarterly and keeps our members apprised of our events.
We welcome all MBSI members to join in the fun!
| || Golden Gate Chapter Established: 1970|
The Golden Gate Chapter holds it's meetings in the areas of Northern and Central California and Nevada. However, we welcome all domestic and international members. We hold three one-day meetings and one two-day meeting per year. Since we cover such a large area, we try to hold meetings within a reasonable driving distance. Occasionally, our meetings are held in public places and at local hospitals. Chapter dues are $5.00 per year.
Chapter Web Site: www.goldengatembsi.org/Welcome.html
| || Japanese International Chapter Established: 1998|
Japanese International Chapter draws its members mainly from Japan, but members from around the world are welcome. Two regular meetings per year are held, usually in June and November. Several small meetings are held in Osaka, Tokyo and other cities. The Chapter publishes two large newsletters (around 32 pages) and two handbills
each year. Our chapter has collectors, music arrangers, manufacturers, museums, dealers, repairers, researchers and their families!
| || Lake Michigan Chapter Established: 2005|
The Lake Michigan Chapter invites members from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and the surrounding areas. MBSI members from any region are also invited to join the chapter. 4 meetings per year are scheduled. Annual dues: $5.
Make check payable to: Lake Michigan Chapter MBSI
Send to: Warren Stiska, Treasurer
PO Box 9857,
Springfield IL 62791.
| || Mid America Chapter Established: 1967|
The Mid-America Chapter primarily includes the states in our country's mid-section - Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, Western Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Arkansas. We welcome any MBSI members from other states to share in our chapter meetings and events including the largest scheduled Band Organ Rally each summer and our annual Monkey Organ Rally held in late summer.
Two other meetings are scheduled to fill out the rest of the year. We hold these meetings in different locations. During the meetings we have our business meeting, a very active mart (buying and selling among those attending), and a visit to at least one local collection in the area.
Mid-Am Has More Fun!
| || National Capital Chapter Established: 1976|
The National Capital Chapter draws its members from about a 3 hour driving radius around Washington, D.C, though we welcome MBSI members from all regions to join in the chapter.
We have 3 to 5 one-day and weekend chapter meetings a year with a balance between visits to personal collections, workshops, and public demonstrations. Each spring we have a music box and street organ “Show and Tell” at the C & O Canal National Park. Small group gatherings are scheduled between chapter meetings. Our news letter is sent at least four times a year. Dues are $5.00 per year.
Chapter Web Site: nationalcapital.mbsi.org/
| || Northwest International Chapter Established: 1975|
The Northwest International Chapter is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with members from Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Canada B.C.. We host 3 - 2 day meetings a year with 2 additional informal 1 day gatherings. We take great delight visiting one another&s collections, giving workshops and the fast pace of the Mart.
Chapter Web Site: www.nwmusicboxes.com
| || Piedmont Chapter Established: 1990|
Great Southern Hospitality is what the Piedmont chapter is all about. We have three weekend meetings a year. Our meetings are in February, May and October each year.
Our meetings generally are held in North and South Carolina, but we do have meetings jointly in Florida and other southern states. We usually have a brief business meeting, followed by a very informative program by one of
our members or a guest. The program could be anything relating to Music machines, either in repairs, or history, or restorations. Then we usually have an exciting mart where you can find all sorts of books, music boxes, music, or parts. Tours of the area or collections are another part of our weekend together.
Chapter dues are $10.00 per year and that includes a very nice and informative newsletter.
| || Snowbelt Chapter Established: 1982|
Snowbelt Chapter covers Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota. We hold at least one event for the public each year,an organ rally and small instrument display and demonstration. We have four meetings per year.
| || Southeast Chapter Established: 1978|
The Southeast Chapter covers Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, but we welcome all MBSI members to join our chapter. We have three fun-filled weekend meetings a year, usually in Florida. We also participate in joint meetings with neighboring chapters. Meetings include visits to member collections, educational presentations, marts, dinners and entertaining social events. Membership includes three issues of our chapter newsletter The Southeast Rag. Dues are only $5.00 per year per family. New Southeast members get their first year’s dues FREE!!
Chapter Web Site: www.mbsise.org
| || Southern California Chapter Established: 1963|
The Southern California Chapter holds activities in
the area south of Fresno down to the Mexican border, and also Arizona and the southern part of Nevada. However, we welcome members from across the country. We meet 4 to 5 times a year at various locations to view collections, exchange ideas, and to hold workshops and marts - and just have fun! Chapter dues are $10 per year.
| || Sunbelt Chapter Established: 1982|
While any member of MBSI is most welcome to join the Sunbelt Chapter we draw most of our membership from Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Missouri and Louisiana.
We hold 2 to 3 larger weekend meetings a year that feature such things as personal collection tours, workshops, a mart, business meetings and sometimes a banquet. We also hold several smaller one day meetings a year between our regular meetings as opportunities present themselves. Chapter dues are $10.00 a year.
We are always glad to answer questions about the Sunbelt Chapter.