A Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra in the Finest American Tradition performing in the Washington D.C. Area. Founded in 1923 in Takoma Park, Maryland as “The Takoma Mandoleers” and rehearsing and performing every year since then. Our rehearsal site is in Arlington, VA.

Rehearsal Details:

We rehearse (almost) every Tuesday evening from 7:45 PM to 10 PM at:
Clarendon United Methodist Church,
606 N. Irving Street, Arlington, VA 22201

Two sets of Directions to our rehearsal site:
Directions from Route 66, please go Here    
Directions from Route 50, please go
Please check our Calendar to confirm rehearsal schedule and Concert Dates.

Current Repertoire List

There is no requirement to audition. Reading music is helpful, but if you don't read music, bring a recording device.

Interested in Learning Mandolin?

We are pleased to announce that we have more options for learning how to play mandolin.

Option 1 - The Mandoleers have two teachers who MAY be able to take on more students. We teach the American/Classical method of playing the mandolin. We emphasize an arched wrist and movement of the forearm, not the movement of the whole arm from the elbow.

Please visit Lesson Details for more details.

Option 2: However, if you are comfortable with the whole arm approach, and want the option of getting a teacher who is a Conservatory Trained, full time, professional musician, than we encourage to check out our friend, Zhenya.

For an example of the type of music we play, see contact details below.

The Mandoleers are Pleased to announce the availability of our new CD

Mandolin Moods

Our new CD "Mandolin Moods" is available for purchase from CDBaby, or contact the Webmaster; see below
You Tube Video of
The Mandoleers
Performing at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Dec 10th, 2011

YouTube Of Carol of the Bells
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

You Tube of
Sarabande by Wolki (recorded at rehearsal site)

For Concert Information, rehearsal/location details, etc. please contact Mark F (remove spaces) at: me freemantle @ comcast.net
Or, call me at home (Five Four Zero) 349 2016


: See sample Concert Recent Program
See the Calendar for Concert Events; click on the event to open a link to the Directions to the Event.

The Mandoleers were established 90 years ago, in 1923, in Takoma Park Maryland as the "Takoma Mandoleers"*. We now rehearse on TUESDAY evenings in Northern Virginia. See link above for direction to rehearsal site.

By-laws of the Mandoleers

*The Legal Name of the 501 (c) (3) organization remains "The Takoma Mandoleers". The use of the title "The Mandoleers" beyond the reference in this web site are determined by the Board of Directors. Any changes to other web sites are advised to contact the webmaster at the email address referenced above. Thank you for your cooperation.

Musical Sites of Interest 
Classical Mandolin Society