March 2011 Vol. XV No. VIII
MARIO PEDONE RETURNS MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011.
Mesmerizing music that portrays the wonderful human that Mario is.
He was born on October 5, 1951 in Valenzano, a small town near Bari in
southern Italy. His family emigrated to Valencia, Venezuela in 1959. His
brother, Ludovico, began studying the accordion while Mario watched and
listened and begged his father to let him also study this wonderful instrument.
After studying and practicing for hours and hours under his first teacher,
Franco Cupertino, he went on to study with Professor Miguel Casas Auge
from Spain. Later he studied with Professor Roberto Ruscitti for seven years.
He has performed in many countries, including Venezuela, Colombia, Swe-
den, Italy, Canada and all over the United States before settling in his present
home in Sugarland, Texas. He has honored us with his presence here at the
Arizona Accordion Club at least once a year for the past twelve or fourteen
years. He is currently President of the Houston Accordion Club.
And What About The MAY Meeting? MAY 16 IS JAM NIGHT!!
Bring Your Accordion and Join US For an Old Fashioned Round of our own personal favorite songs.
Rosie Ledet "The Zydeco Sweetheart"
Rosie Ledet has become the act to watch on the zydeco circuit.
Brimming with coy sensuality, Rosie's music is fresh and dar-
ing, while still retaining its links to its bayou Creole heritage.
Rosie has a rare combination of talent, not only in the zydeco
world, but in any musical genre. She can write top-notch award
winning songs. hand with the best of them on her instrument,
and can sing circles around her peers. Rosie is among the few
Zydeco artists who can still sing and write some of their own
material in Creole French.
Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys in Phoenix!
Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 PM at the
Rhythm Room1019 E Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85014 U.S.A.
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MENU for April 18, 2011 - Spaghetti, Italian Sweet Sausage, Garden Salad, Garlic Bread
MARCH 21 MEETING - AN EVENING WITH THE KENNY BRANDT BAND Review by Raye Donatella
The entertainment began with John Trippon and his beautiful button box accordion. He played
“Clarinet Polka,” “Trumpet Echoes” and “Auf Der Autobahn.” Wow, what a neat way to begin a
night of great music! So nice to see and hear you
Two students from the New World Educational
Center Charter School, Carlos Wulf and Charles
Shadden, played “Skating” - they were then
joined by Carlosʼ cousin, Aaron Dupuis, also a
student at the school, to play “Horse Sense” -
which they proceeded to
elaborate on by doing it as a ―round‖ with Jack
Dermody, their accordion teacher. Very nicely
done, boys. You too, Jack.
Now Domenic Feroce played “Westphalia
Waltz,” “Bionda Bella Bionda” and ended with “La Filandia.”
Thank you, Domenic - those were really pretty songs. We al-
ways enjoy you.
Pete Donatella introduced one of his young students, seven
year old Ian Rankin, who played a nice version of “Go
Away,” “Skating” and ended with “Horse Sense.” You're do-
ing so good, Ian. You kids have no idea what a pleasure it is to
hear you young people play for us!
Pete stayed up front, along with Jerry
Szymanski, also on accordion, and Carl
Nyberg on banjo to play three polkas,
“Castle Rock,” “Let's Have a Party” and
finished up with “Ooh, La La.” If you want
to hear some great polkas, these are the
guys to play them for you! We call Jerry
―The Polka Guy!‖ Thanks, guys !
And so it was time for our evening headliners - Kenny Brandt on
saxophone, Tony Sabo on accordion and Lou Pavlik on drums. They
played a wonderful variety of music, including Cleveland style polkas, waltzes, big band sounds,
and lots of danceable, sing- a-long type songs. Oh,
and these guys also do vocals! And really great, too!
I'll try to list some of their selections - “Let Me Call
You Sweetheart,” “Arriva Derci Roma,” “Give Me
a Kiss,” “When I Saw You Standing There,”
“Unforgettable,” “In The Mood,” “String of
Pearls,” “Pennsylvania 5000,” “Chattanooga
Choo Choo,” “Crying Time,” “Under the Double
Eagle,” “Green Valley,” and “Memories of Vi-
enna.” As you can imagine, a great many folks
danced the night away. The rest of us just enjoyed
the spectacular sounds coming from the sax with the
accordion and drums as emphasis. What a show!
Come back again, gentlemen!
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Table of Contents
Our Guests Kenny Brandt, Tony Sabo Cover
President‘s Farewell Message Page 3 I‘m going on sabbatical. Rose and I expect to travel a lot this summer. On top of that, my business, a
Our Meeting ! Pages 2 , 11 teambuilding seminar company, is growing again quickly, so I must tend to it. Someone else will
Meeting Photos Page 4 lead the Arizona Accordion Club beginning in June of this year. And that‘s a good
Meeting Photos Page 5 thing. I‘ve been the leader for four years. You hear about ―term limits‖ being a good thing and, I
Accordion Instructors, repairs Page 6 agree, term limits are a very good thing. You get rusty. You run out of fresh ideas. You put an or-
Upcoming Events Page 6 ganization at risk for getting into a rut.Any of our board members would make a great leader, as
Come Hear Us Play Page 7 would quite a few members.
Classifieds Page 8
Some Sponsors Page 9 I am so grateful to so many of you. The man Pete Donatella, club treasurer from day one
Accordion Idol Page 10 about 14 years ago delivers dependability and support and kindness like no other.
Meeting location Map Back Cover
Membership Form Back Cover Vice-President Jerry Szymanski is the quiet one – but what a stalwart, likable, and per-
fect team player. Whether he plays in the ensemble, plays out at our gigs, or takes photos
at the meetings.
Secretary Leigh Dechaine – another old-timer on the board – keeps the conversations
lively, the ideas flowing, and the decisions well-planned and careful in their implementa-
St. Stephen’s Hall tion, and let‘s not forget the Accordion Festival he puts together each fall at St. Luke‘s
8141 North 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85020 Elmer Faser, now head of the Scholarship Committee, truly cares about accordion
(602) 997-4563 students , keeps the scholarship administration fair and generous, and has been a best
Third Monday of the Month emcee at our meetings.
Meeting Begins at 6:30 PM
Meeting Ends at 9:00 Ted Lee is the hardest-working member of the club: whether he works on a fundraiser,
helps the kids at the NWEC school, sets up the sound system, plays out to make money
for the club, or needs to be a cheerleader – Ted is the very best and a great friend to any-
Officers one who is lucky enough to have him for a friend.
President Jack Dermody Chuck Voinovich rarely misses a regular meeting, brings his family, and has spot-on
(602) 237-5627 ideas for good meetings. Paul Betken brings careful thought, excellent research, and bal-
Vice President Jerry Szymanski ance to our decision-making – his legal background helps the club‘s leaders make sound
( 480) 488-0949 decisions and to trust its higher angels.
Secretary Leigh Dechaine Jay Stevens – Mr. Can-Do – runs rings around the rest of us in organizing gigs, setting
(623) 582-3746 up equipment, delivering an amazing yearly picnic, sitting in our bands and ensembles to
Treasurer Pete Donatella make us sound high-energy with his bass, guitar, and accordion – and he always makes
(623) 877-1846 us ―cut to the chase‖ in making smart decisions for the present and future of the club.
Dionne Hauke is the club‘s mom and the club‘s muse – offering her business premises
Board Of Directors for all kinds of events that include board meetings, lessons, one-on-one therapy, free
repairs for student accordions, super discounts on musical stuff, the headquarters for our
Jerry Szymanski ( 480) 488-0949 newsletter and website – this list is ENDLESS.
Paul Betken (480) 755-3539
Cindy and Joe Geremia have gifted this club hundreds of hours of logistics and photog-
Chuck Voinovich (480) 451-4416 raphy services for many, many years. All with generosity and pure selflessness. In recent
Dionne Hauke (602) 266 9622 years, our “den mother” and key inspiration has been none other than Raye Donatella
Ted Lee (623) 444-5106 whose spirit and high energy have made the entrance gate at our meetings a first-class
Jay Stevens (602) 819-5505 welcome stand.
Elmer Faser Scholarship Chairman
Sal and Florella Genco are so gentle, and very, very friendly. Those two provide impor-
tant services month after month: Sal who creates the very large collection of videos from
Bulletin Staff our meetings, and Florella with the very tedious task of mailing
out our newsletters. And sharing duties at our meetings include
Rose Dermody, Connie Stevens, Joanne Robinson, Earl Rob-
Dionne Hauke Editor inson, Barbara Bednar, Gunn Magnusen, and a few others.
Raye Donatella Seasoned Pro Reporter
Florella Genco Distribution If I have not mentioned your name, please consider forgiving me.
Zophie Still Photos The core workers of our club are more than a handful, you can
Jerry Szymanski Still Photos see, and the club is as good as it is because of the dedication of
Sal Genco Video Camera these people.
http://www.azaccordionclub.com ~ Jack
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His body has been donated to science
and there will be a memorial service for
family only. If you wish to send condo-
lences to either Karen or Marietta, please
find their addresses below. I‘m sure they
both appreciate your keeping them and
their family in your thoughts and
9327 West Garnette Drive
Sun City, AZ 85373
20401 North 6th Drive, Unit 4
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Newsletter Inputs ? Please send them care of Jack at AzAccordionclub@cox.net
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Lessons and Repairs
Piano Accordion Instructors:
Pete Donatella 623 877-1846
Anthony Rolando 216-470-8463
Estimates always free
Dr. Van Orden Ziggie’s Music
623 203 7909 and Chromatic B System 602 266 9622
Jack Dermody 602 237 5627
Joanne Drum 480 994-4698
3309 North 3rd Street
Tony Putrino 480 483-3943 Phoenix, AZ 85012-2301
Bonnie Bingener www.ziggiesmusic.com
602-279-0378 and Piano
Joan Monti 602-923-3856 Mondays - Saturdays 10-6
Button Accordion Instructor
Tony Longoria ( Él habla español ) Coolidge Helping to build a better club
602 718 4058 Acordeon Also Bajo Sexto The Arizona Accordion Club isn‘t just a
Timothy Gomez organization. It is a group full of people who
y Bajo Quinto y Bass Guitar.
1 520 510 9317 make it special.
MARIO PEDONE BIO
His first teacher was Franco Cupertino, Mario devoted at least 4 to 5 hours per day Practicing the accordion. After few years Professor Miguel Casas
Auge from Spain and Founder of the Valencia Accordion Club and also conductor of the Valencia Symphony Orquesta assumed Mario's accordion edu-
cation. he was fallowed by Professor Roberto Ruscitti, a renowed classical accordionist who took care of his education for the next 7 years.
On march 24 - 1972, Mario graduated as a Concertista from the School Academia de Acordeon Smith, directed by Roberto Ruscitti. In March 1974 he
earned a Cum Laude diploma in accordion from the same school. On April 30 - 1976 he graduated with a degree of Professor of Accordion.
After graduation he founded his own accordion school, Academia Latina de Acordeon were he had over 125 students. most of his former students are
now playing professionally.
Mario was a member of the Valencia Accordion Club and Co-founder of the Orquesta Latina Together with famous Spanish singer Esteban Abarca. The
orquesta Latina Performed all over Venezuela. Also has won numerous championships with both, Accordion and Organ. In 1981 in search for better
future, Mario moved to Sugar Land, Texas USA with His wife Marbella and children. He has performed professionalyy in many Countries including
Colombia, Venezuela, Sweden, Italy, and canada. Mario has his own recording studio in Sugar Land, TX were he has arranged and recorded hundreds of
tunes including many of his own compositions. His musical range includes, but is not limited to Classical, Latin, European, American Standards. He also
produce CDs, background music for other musicians and singers. In 2002 and 2003 Mario was invited to perform in the famous Accordion Festival cele-
brated in Ransäter, Sweden having a big success, one of Mario‘s composition Bergen‘s polka is well known in the Scandinavian Countries. Others per-
formances include: San Antonio Accordion Club in Texas, special performance sponsor by Jack Stankus in Austin, TX, National Accordion Convention
in Dallas, TX, Arizona Accordion Club, Accordion Smash in Orlando, FL, Oklahoma Accordion Club, TV Channel 22 in Houston, TX, Las Vegas Ac-
cordion Convention, Salt Lake Accordion Club in Utah, Accordion by the Sea Festival in Victoria, BC Canada, Performance in Montreal Canada, Ac-
cordion Club in Natick Massachusetts , Viking Hull in Massachusetts, Accordion Connection in Concorde, NH, Ageless Dreamer in Dover, NH, Accor-
dion Festival in Kimberley BC Canada, Calgary AB Canada and performance with the Houston Symphony.
On December 14, 2003 Mario founded the Fort Bend County Accordion Club, in December 2004 the Club sponsored the first great accordion concert in
Sugar Land, TX featuring: Frank Marocco, Anatoly Yegorov, Mario Pedone and Singer Liberty Palileo. On February 2007 the Houston, Fort Bend and
Bay Area Accordion Clubs sponsored an Accordion Concert Tribute to the Great musician JOE VENTO. At the moment Mario holds the Position of
President of Houston Accordion Club.
Art Van Damme * Dick Contino *Dr. John Van Such * Art Metzler * Lenny Simmons
Frank Yankovic * John Cesinger *Joe Kino * Helen Criscio * Flaco Jimenez
Tony Lovello * Frank Marocco * Anthony Galla-Rini * Myron Floren * Al Monti
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Come Hear Us Play
Elmer Faser and Duane Tendick :
5739 West Glendale Avenue
Glendale Arizona 85301
Every Friday and Saturday 6:00 to 8:00
Bob Doszak WILL BE at Vincitorio's 02/05/2011, at 6:00pm,
Music for all Occasions Will NOT be at Vincitorio's on 02/06/2011.
*** Single **Duo ** Trio*** (www.augieperforms.com)
Bookings, Info 480-982-0252
Check for performance schedule and exceptions.
Vincitorio's Restaurant (480.820.2786)
Thursdays 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Tony Putrino Sundays 5:30pm - 8:00pm
1835 E. Elliot Road, C-109 - Tempe, AZ
Bill Regina : (www.vincitoriosrestaurant.com )
Black Forest Haus
4900 E. Indian School Rd. Paddy’s Peg Leg
Phoenix, AZ 602-938-3679
Every Friday and Saturday
6:00 to 9:00
John Smoltz :
DVD’s of Club Meetings are available.
―All Arizona Accordion Club Meetings and sponsored events are copyrighted by
the Board of the Arizona Accordion Club and are for the private use of our audi-
ence. Any other use of these programs or of any pictures, descriptions or accounts of
the Arizona Accordion Club meetings, events and it‘s performers, without a written
approval of consent by the Arizona Accordion Club Board, is Prohibited‖
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Musical Items For Sale:
Accordions For Sale Paid $3500.00 for this "Like new" Castig- Proteus/1 XR Module, model 9011, $75
Too Many to list, Key and Button Styles. lione 120 bass accordion, black, with 9 Carl Nyberg 480 982-1479
Gabacho Bob 623 780 3622 treble and 3 bass switches and a 19" key-
board asking 2500.00 OBO call ACCORDIONS & KEYBOARDS
Samson Wireless system. Amplify your 480-629-8648 Jean Moore in Gilbert, AZ Accordeon@aol.com
accordion without having to deal with a Phone 727 443 4113. Cell 727 417 6099
cable to trip over. This is what I used on Plectrum Banjo, included Stand, Case, Extra www.accordionsandkeyboards.net
my accordion. It works great. Cost for a String Set. $500.00. John 602-539-3475.
new unit is about $260. Selling this one Excelsior Symphony Made In New
for $130. Todd Hagen 623-582-5852 York. MIDI is installed. 4/6 sets of hand-
Wanted :Looking for a Petosa. An S-2000
model P-800 which had 4/4 sets of reeds or made reeds. Sano Amplification. Excel-
Custom Model Polytone "Polka King" lent Condition. $3200.00 Free Shipping.
a model AM1100 an S-2000 Midi.
Musette accordion 41 / 120 and
Have one for sale? Contact Norbert
4/5 sets of Handmade reeds Iorio "K" Series ReedLess ( 15 lbs. )
Ludewig. 908-889-8476, 973-792-4661. 2
Black with Rhinestones accordion with Music Tech Midi
Ridge Way, Fanwood, NJ 07023
Excellent Condition Controller plus built-in sounds.
Best offer over $2,000.00 Like New Condition. $2650.00
Contact "DOC" 602-633-1558 Cordovox, recently tuned.
GC 2 row Accordion $250.00.
Crucianelli "Panitalia" Black accordion Ed Mikulich 623 362 1525
I‘m looking for a copy of „Brazilian
41 treble / 120 bass 10 / 7 switches Samba”. If you can accommodate me, I
Mint Condition Best offer over $1750.00 Guerrini Polka Box - Rhinestones - $2100 shall be in your debt forevermore.
Contact "DOC" 602-633-1518 Korg rotating sound machine - $250 Joanne Drum 480 994 4698
Crate Amp - 15" speaker - $300
Imperial Musette Accordion, like new Selmer Model 80 Tenor Sax - $2900 Looking for Chromatic accordion,
with pickup. Only $350.00 ! Noblette Clarinet - $350 C-system, 17lbs or less. Steve W at
Jerry 480 278 9633 Mikes, Stands, Fronts, etc. 651-702 email@example.com
Ellie Aldrin - 602-996-8197
Excelsior Midi with Xetron X4 module. SHURE Prologue mic in box. $35.00
Petosa Accordion/Organ Series II Fake book 900 + songs, $40.00
Chamber 3/4 Handmade reeds. Black Fake book 300+ songs, $30.00
with engraving, complete with tone gen- Excelsior 19 1/4‖ Keyboard,120 bass Music for Accordion, violin, piano $3 ea
erator, has MIDI capacity. 1500.00 10/6 switches, slide mute, tone chamber, Country Greatest Hits 93 songs $10.00
J. Drum 480 994 4698 deluxe straps, heavy duty case, 27 lbs. Book one for trumpet/Cornet $2.00
$1,700.00. Harry 602 568 3931. Book one for clarinet.$2.00
Hohner Ventura IV Musette 30 movie videos, Record albums $1-$3.00.
41/120 4/5 13/7 24 lbs $4000 120 bass Excelsior A.C. Great Musette 602-923-3856 Will entertain best offers
Hohner Atlantic IV Deluxe $3,000 OBO Bob Dura 602-841-0487
41/120 4/5 11+PM/3 22 lbs $750
480 830 8766 Glenn Tompkins Petosa 800 Midi, $2700
480 836 1604 or mobile 480 250 1399.
Yorkville Mixer Amp - 50 watts. Two Gale Evans firstname.lastname@example.org Wanted
lines in with separate jacks for micro- Dealers to handle my accordion Faux Fur
phone, Cd/line, FX-send, FX-RTN, and Excelsior New York Model 5 accordion. bass strap covers. Unbelievably comfortable
earphone. Ten inch speaker with small V.G. condition$350.00. 480 895-8161 beautiful Faux Mink or Chinchilla
horn. Priced new at $400.00 - will sell
for $175.00. Excellent condition, great Victoria Super 1960's Black, white pearl Jimmy Jenson, 630 Elk Brophy Road, NW.
sound, and portable to carry. Contact keys. 18 3/4" Keyboard 21 lbs. 5 oz,. Alexandria, MN 56308. 320 762 2411
Elmer Faser at 623-584-9801 41 /120. 7/3 switches.3 reed L-M-H email@example.com
Dry tuned. Straps and case. $450 OBO
Excelsior Midi with Xetron X4 module. Jean T 570 972-6434
Eduardo. 480 661-7750. WOULD YOU LIKE TO DONATE?
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Pete's outing as the first
Accordion Idol contestant
The attendees cast votes on a
rating of 1-5 in 3 categories:
Pete delivered a splendid
performance - gently but
quickly casting a spell over
his audience with melodies
familiar to everyone in the
audience. Few people may
also know that Pete is quite
the comedian - informing,
teasing, and connecting personally to many folks in the
For dates and times Check this flyer out ——>
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Dr. Howard Van Orden with
his Roland accordion followed
next, accompanied by his vocal-
ist, Darcy Welch. They played
and vocalized to “Moonlight
Serenade,” “Iʼm Confessing,”
“Iʼm In the Mood For Love,” “I
Donʼt Know Why,” “Cuddle Up
a Little Closer,” a polka “In
Heaven There Is No Beer,”
“The Sweet Nearness of You,”
“Blue Skirt Waltz,” Just Be-
cause,” ―When the Saints Go
Marching In‖ and lots more.
That was really good, Howard
and Darcy. Thank you both
Now our old friend, Todd Hagen came up and finished up the nightʼs festivities with
his special brand of talent and humor. He began by playing and singing “Somewhere
Over the Rainbow,” “Ghost Riders In the Sky,” “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “At Last,”
“Hoop De Doo” polka, and ending with my favorite song that he does “The Auction-
eer.” I love the way he does that!! Todd, you're the consummate entertainer! Come
back again soon—we miss you!
Well, that was a really great evening of entertainment.
I'll put in a ‗as my Dad always said‘ ―The wages of sin are unreported.‖
That seems especially appropriate given that it's tax time!
( I say ―Quit Before Pay Day.‖ The Editor)
See you on April 18th
4416 North 102nd Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85037
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