- October 11, 2015
The Michigan Accordion Society
Michigan Accordion Society Parade Float Wins First Place!
The Michigan Accordion Society in partnership with Villa Penna Wins 1st place for best Float Theme at the 2015 Michigan Columbus Day Parade in DownTown Mt. Clemens, Michigan. This was a big honor as over 40 floats participated in this year's parade. MAS President Joe Recchia said: “Our float received so many compliments and we were told that people really enjoyed our spirit, music and float design and was so unique and well received that we were asked by other community parade organizers to bring our float and accordionists to other events throughout Michigan”.
The float featured over 20 float participants and 14 accordionists along with a wonderful display at a food and wine table that was integrated in the front of the float called “The Taste of Italy”. The float was named “Santa Maria” after Christopher Columbus's ship. The idea was conceived at our recent MAS Board meeting and grew from just a discussion to designing, soliciting sponsors, securing materials, fabricating and winning 1st place all within a few weeks. This was a significant accomplishment for the Michigan Accordion Soceity and a special thank you goes out to all the people who helped build the float as well many of their great sponsors who helped in making the Accordion float a great success!
- January 21, 2014
The sports world and the world of the accordion come together in Tom Izzo, Michigan State University's basketball coach. The Michigan Accordion Society offered an honorary membership to Coach Izzo who is an accordionist. During Izzo's "Ask the Coach" radio show, Tom was asked by MAS President Joe Recchia to accept the membership. The Coach said that he didn't feel that he was worthy of the honor, but he gladly accepted. To hear the excerpt from show, click here. Coach Izzo is an example of how people from all walks of life play the accordion. The Michigan Accordion Society will present to Coach Izzo an Honorary Membership plaque. We are proud to have him with us!
- January 10, 2013
Dear Members, Guests and
any Interested Party of the Michigan Accordion Society,
We would like to advise that we currently have an opening for a Treasurer. Gerry May (pictured) who is our current Treasurer is sadly stepping down after 16 years on the job! We have been very blessed to have Gerry who has relentlessly done a first class and wonderful job for the Michigan Accordion Society. We are pleased to advise that Gerry will stay as an active Board member for the Michigan Accordion Society and is willing to assistant and help out anyone who is interested in considering the role. If you are interested in working as a treasurer or in any other capacity on our Board please feel free to send a message through our contact page (Contact Us).
Thank you for your consideration and allowing us to keep you updated on our events and Accordion Information, looking forward in seeing you at our upcoming events!
- January 7, 2014
MAS Honorary member Peter Soave will be performing with the Detriot Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday January 14, 2014 to help kick start the new year with the DSO starting at 7 pm. This will be a very fun and special venue that will also involve tango dancing.
Tickets are still available!
For more info please see this link (Mix @ the Max) and we hope you can make it out to this very special and unique DSO event.
- September 7, 2013
- On Thursday September 19, 2013, The Bellini Opera Foundation will feature Cory Pesaturo, Dino Valle and Eva Evola and a surprise guest — all members of the Michigan Accordion Society. This event will be held at the ConCorde Inn located at 44315 Gratiot Ave, Clinton Township, MI in their Atrium Theater. Start time will be 8:00 PM. Tickets at the door are $15.00.
- September 7, 2013
A wonderful radio interview will air on WDRJ 1440 AM Radio (Detroit area)
featuring Michigan Accordion Society President Joe Recchia.
Joe will be talking about some exciting upcoming events along with host Dino Valle
who will be announcing a very special Bellini Opera Foundation upcoming event.
A few performances will also air during the program which will feature a solo performance
with 3 time world accordion champion Cory Pesaturo as well as a duet with Eva Evola and Joe Recchia.
The program will air on Sunday Sept 8 from 1:00 to 1:30 PM and then again on Sunday Sept 15th from 1:00 1:30 PM.
If you are out of the listening area you can listen via the internet through live stream at either www.1440wdrj.com or radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/wdrj
- May 9, 2013
On Saturday June 22, 2013, The Michigan Accordion Society is hosting a Dinner Dance
featuring Al Battistelli & Friends. Doors open at 6 PM with dinner at 7 PM.
Also Featuring Performances by:
The Slovene American Club &
The Michigan Accordion Society
CASH BAR HORS D'OEURVES VALET PARKING
Enjoy a great evening of music and dancing
Tickets $35 ea. / Tables of Ten $30 Ea.
Forestre Banquet Center
1919 Starr-Batt DR
Rochester HIlls, MI
For Tickets (248) 299-1210
Attendees Eligible for $35 Room Rates Available at the Concorde Inn
Click Here for Flyer
- April 6, 2013
- Grammy Nominated Accordionist Mike Zawojsky will be performing in Frankenmuth, MI on 4/7/13 and 4/14/13 at the Bavarian Inn from 12 pm to 6 pm. Stop by and say "Hi". Enjoy a famous chicken dinner and enjoy some accordion music!
- April 6 2013
Grammy-Nominated Accordionist Mike Zawojsky will be performing
at Holy Cross Church in Hamtramck on Saturday April 27, 2013 (click here for flyer)
Mike is the featured performer for the Polish Dinner.
Holy Cross Church is located on 2311 Pulaski, Hamtramck
(I-75 to exit #55 Caniff, turn East on Caniff, turn North on Fleming)
The event goes from 4 to 7 p.m.
For more information contact: Holy Cross Rectory 313-365-5191
Carry out Available
- January 26, 2013
On February 23, 2013 join Aaron Caruso and Friends (Ashly Ault, Joe Recchia,
Cristina Carollo) and
enjoy fine performances in the elegant setting of:
Forestre Banquet Center
1919 Star-Batt Drive
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
(located at M-59 and Crooks Road)
Doors open at 6:00 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
$35.00 per person (Dinner and Hors d'oeuvers)
click here for event poster
- January 26, 2013
On February 14th, 2013 Valentines Day
Accordionist Mike Zawojsky will be performing at Piccirilli's Ristorante.
He will be playing from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
Stop by, have a great meal and listen to some accordion music!
Piccirilli's is located at:
52830 Van Dyke Ave
Shelby Twp, MI 48316
Phone: (586) 731-0610
- January 15, 2013
Pre Lenten Polish Dinner
PĄczki — PĄczki — PĄczki
Pre-Lenten Polish Dinner on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 4 to 7 PM at Holy Cross Church, 2311 Pulaski, Hamtramck. Featuring music by Grammy-Nominated Accordionist Kevin Solecki.
Adults $10.00, Children $4.00. Carry outs available.
For more information contact church rectory 313-365-5191.
To get to Holy Cross Church take I-75 to exit #55 Holbrook/Caniff, turn east on Caniff, turn north on Fleming.
Click Here for Event Flyer
- October 4, 2012
Grammy-Nominated Accordionist and MAS member Mike Zawojsky will be performing at Holy Cross Church
in Hamtramck, MI on Saturday October 20, 2012. Mike will be the featured musician for this
Polish Dinner event. The event will be from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Holy Cross Church is located at 2311 Pulaski, Hamtramck. Directions: Take I-75 to exit #55 Caniff, turn East on Caniff, turn North on Fleming.
Tickets are $10.00 for an adult and $4.00 for a child.
For more information contact: Church Rectory 313-365-5191
Click Here for Event Flyer
- October 3, 2012
- The Michigan Accordion Society received the 2012 Frosini Award at the 2012 Las Vegas Accordion Convention. This is a very prestigious award and and a great honor for our club. For more information (and pictures) please click here: 2012 Frosini Award.
- August 26, 2012
I am sad to report that MAS member and 2006 MAS honoree Ben Lupo passed away after a long illness.
Following is the information for the viewing and services:
- Monday 8-27 in state viewing 3:00 - 8:00pm at Williams/Sullivan funeral home located at 705 W/11 Mile Rd east of Woodward in Royal Oak.
- Tuesday 8-28 in state viewing 10:30-11:00am at St. Marks Catholic Church located at 4401 Vart in Warren.
- Tuesday 8-28 funeral 11:00 at St. Marks Catholic Church located at 4401 Vart in Warren
President Michigan Accordion Society
- August 2, 2012
Philip Ma won first place at the AGM National Competition. He was also asked to perform at the Concert on Sunday evening
and started off the entertainment. He played flawlessly performing a Russian jazz version of "Mack the Knife".
Philip also volunteered time over the 3-day competition as a Room Monitor.
The 36th Annual American Guild of Music (AGM) Great Lakes Regional Contest will be held April 26-28, 2013 at the Westin Detroit MetropolitanAirport.
The 112th Annual AGM National Convention and Contest will be held July 18-21, 2013 at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel in Toronto.
Hot Club of Detroit, featuring Julien Labro on accordion will be at the Kerrytown Concert House, 415 North Fourth Avenue in Ann Arbor on Sunday, August 19, 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10 to $30. Call (734) 769-2999 for reservations.
The American Accordionist's Association will celebrate their 75th anniversary August 14-18, 2013 at the New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY 10001.
The AAA will present A Musical Celebration honoring the Magnanini Family at the Magnanini FarmWinery on Saturday,September 8, 2012. The winery is located at 172 Strawridge Road, Wallkill,New York 12589. Phone: (845) 895-2767. Guest artists include Mario Tacca, Frank Toscano Frank Carozza, Emilio Magnotta, Dominic Karcic, Ray Oreggia, Anita & Bob Siarkowski, and The Connecticut Accordion Orchestra. A donation of $68 per person includes a wine tasting at 12 noon, a comlete dinnerand entertainment. Contact the AAA, attention: M. Kendrick, 120 Valley View Road, Stratford, Connecticut 06614. Phone: (203) 378-1120.
- July 16, 2012
July 21-22, 2012
Czech &&; Slovak Festival
Sokol Cultural Center
23600 W. Warren (1/4 Mile east of Telegraph)
Dearborn Heights, Ml
Jerry Robotka (in the beer tent)
Saturday, 7:00-10:00 &&; Sunday 2:30-5:30
July 25, 2012
Bay City River Cruise
Host: Big Daddy Tours. $69.00
Includes: Cruise, entertainment by Big Daddy’s Orchestra and Kevin Solecki, Shopping time in Frankenmuth, lunch at Kryziak's Restaurant and more.
Dinner or snacks in Frankenmuth are on your own.
Phone: (586) 781-6330
August 13, 2012
Soaring Eagle Casino
Host: Big Daddy Tours. $49.00
Includes: Elvis tribute show, bus transportation, a full buffet breakfast, a $5.00 food voucher and more.
Phone: (586) 781-6330
August 23-25, 2012
Host: Big Daddy Tours.
Trip to Manistee for $199.00. Includes $70 in casino credits, lodging, $28 in food coupons, stops at Soaring Eagle Casino, two days admission to Polkafest and more.
Phone: (586) 781-6330.
- June 22, 2012
MICHIGAN ACCORDION SOCIETY CELEBRATES
"ANNUAL YOUTH NIGHT"
The Michigan Accordion Society held their Annual Youth Night at the America Polish Cultural Center on June 19, 2012. Sixteen young musicians from local music studios took part in the event. Youth Night was started in 2000 as a way to encourage young people in their musical studies and to expose them to the beauty and versatility of the accordion and its music — classical to jazz, rock to old standards, ethnic to country. Youth Night gives students, regardless of the instrument they play, a chance to perform before an appreciative and encouraging audience.
Michigan Accordion Society was established in 1996 by a number of professional musicians, instructors, people who play for their own enjoyment and those who just like accordions and accordion music, to get together for a musical night each month. One mission of MAS is to provide music scholarships to young, non-professional music students studying the accordion. Scholarships assist them with music lessons or provide assistance with entry fees, travel and hotel accommodations when participating in accordion competitions sanctioned by the Michigan Accordion Society.
Vickie Robasin, daughter of the late Gus Zoppi, continues her father’s legacy, teaching the joy of music to young and old at the Gus Zoppi Music Center in Sterling Heights. She has many students who will be representing Michigan in the National American Guild of Music Competition being held in Troy, Michigan the end of July. These students competed according to age groups and length of study at the AGM Great Lakes Regional Competition held at the Airport Westin Hotel in April. Winners became eligible to participate in the Nationals. Youth Night gave several of these young musicians a chance to perform their competition pieces.
Local music studios who sent students included Evola Music, Huber & Reese, Bobby George, Faye Mao Studios, Gus Zoppi Music Center and Linda Jolliff of Allegan, Michigan. The audience enjoyed a variety of music played on accordion, piano, drums, violin, guitar and electric keyboards.
All-girl band, “Bitter Sweet”, comprised of Lauren Dapoz age 14, Katie Williams age 14, and Lindsey Williams age 12, all students at Zoppi Music, kicked off the evening's entertainment. Abhinau Tiwari, a 17 year-old with hopes to become an Eagle Scout in the near future, sang an outstanding rendition of “Some Enchanted Evening” from “South Paciﬁc", which would have made the late Ezio Pinza smile. Samuel Wood performed a great snare drum solo, while 17 year-old Ouijit Datta wowed the audience with his guitar technique, playing flamenco-style music. Accordionist Kayleigh Gratz traveled all the way from Allegan, Michigan with her teacher to perform.
Other student performers were: Abhishek Rao age 8, Esha Tiwari age 8, Malika Khaira age 10, Allyza Vallino age 11, Anthony Wiederhold age 11, Brian Berta age 12, Julia Wood age 13, and Nicholas Byrnes age 14.
Midway through the evening performers, parents and MAS members enjoyed pizza, cookies, potato chips, a mixed fruit bowl, cake and pop. Each Student Performer received a Red “Excellence” Award Ribbon and an Award Pin. They will also be receiving Certificates of Appreciation, along with an open invitation to attend MAS meetings and perform.
- June 20, 2012
Michigan Accordion Society and Forestre Banquet Center Cancer Benefit Concert will be held tomorrow evening Thursday June 21st.
Doors will open at 7:00 PM at the Forestree Banquet Center located at 1919 StarBatt Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48039 248-299-1210
(Near M59 and Crooks Road). There will be a $14.00 per person admission. Admission will help out the Swan for Life Cancer Foundation.
We are planning to have a fun music event in an elegant setting along with some nice hors d'oeures and a cash bar will be available.
Please come out and support the great event as well as our Michigan Accordion Society Members who will be performing. Thank you in advance for your support!
Click here for the event flyer
- June 10, 2012
"Mardi Gras in Vegas" will be held on September 24-27, 2012 at the Gold Coast Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
Below you will find the event flyer with all of the particulars. For more information (including
registration) go to:
- February 25, 2012
Polish Night at Michelle's Restaurant featuring Andy & Evelyn from the "Varitones" band - Music from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Located at 31920 Van Dyke, Warren, MI.
Choose off the Polish menu or regular menu items.
- February 17, 2012
There are several pre-Lenten activities featuring accordionist. We hope you can make one (or all!) of them:
Pre-Lenten Polish Dinner on Saturday, February 18 from 4 to 7 PM at Holy Cross Church, 2311 Pulaski, Hamtramck.
Featuring music by Grammy-Nominated Accordionist Kevin Solecki. Adults $8.00, Children $4.00. Carry outs available.
Paczki Day on February 21st at the Polish Village Cafe, 2990 Yemans, Hamtramck.
Big Daddy Lackowski will be playing from 9 AM to 1 PM. Come for a great meal and music.
Paczki Day on February 21st at Michelle's Restaurant/Sweetheart Bakery, 31920 Van Dyke Avenue, Warren.
Featuring music by Grammy-Nominated Accordionist Kevin Solecki, 11 AM - 2 PM and 3 PM - 8 PM.
The Polish buffet is outstanding and this is a day when everyone comes out.
You need to make reservations. Phone: 586-795-1665.
- February 16, 2012
Henry Doktorski has been contracted to perform on accordion with soprano Hila Plitmann and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of
Maestro Leonard Slatkin in Final Alice by the American composer David Del Tredici.
Performances will be held at Detroit's Orchestra Hall (built in 1919) on March 1 and 3, 2012.
For more info check out his website link at henrydoktorski.com/misc/detroit_symphony.html
Mr. Doktorski will be planning a special performance for the Michigan Accordion Society during his stay here in Michigan.
Date and location will soon be announced. Stay tuned....
- January 13, 2012
Happy New Year Everyone"
Just to let you know - there WILL NOT BE a MAS Membership Meeting in January. The Board Members are meeting next week to set the dates for 2012. You will be notified as soon as we have dates - most likely one in February. Meetings will continue to be held at the American Polish Cultural Center at 15 Mile and Dequindre in Troy.
We will hold the long overdue Election of Officers at the next meeting. If you would like to run for office (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer or a Board Director, please contact Linda Marshall. The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM for approximately one hour at the Troy Community Center on Livernois, just north of Sixteen Mile (Big Beaver).
Memberships expired on December 31, 2011. Please take a minute to renew your membership for 2012. Make your check in the amount of $25.00, payable to Michigan Accordion Society, and mail it to Jerry May (address in your Directory) or at the next meeting. If you joined in December 2011, your dues for 2012 are current. Anyone who has not paid by April 1, 2012 will be dropped from membership.
If you would like to perform at a meeting, please contact Bob Berta or Linda Marshall. We will have a "massed band" at every membership meeting, so bring your accordion.
We'll be in touch with 2012 dates!
Linda Marshall, Secretary
Michigan Accordion Society
- January 13, 2012
Jan Blacha, a new MAS member, is a Polish folk singer from Krakow currently living in Michigan.
He is auditioning for a Polka house band this month to perform on Saturday nights.
Jan is looking for a singer, accordionist, horn and drummer.
He can be contacted at:
- December 17, 2011
- On December 31, 2011 there will be a New Year's Eve party at the Concord Inn (located on Gratiot and Hall Road in Clinton Township, MI). The price is $70.00 per couple. There will be a buffet dinner with wine and beer, favors. Accordionist and MAS member James Rand and jazz drummer Larry Lablanc will provide music. For more information contact the hotel (phone: 586.493.7300).
- November 28, 2011
December Annual MAS Christmas Party — Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Time: 7:30 to 10:00 PM
Place: The Polish American Cultural Center
15 Mile and Dequindre - Troy
Come and share the joy and the spirit of the holidays with friends and family.
Enjoy an evening of music, laughter, and good cheer.
Christmas Carols – Jam Session
50/50 Cash Raffle and Door Prizes
Pizza, Snacks, and Other Refreshments
$5.00 Donation requested to help defray the cost of the room (whether or not you have refreshments).
Your 50/50 Raffle Ticket will also be used for Door Prizes (tickets: 1 for $1.00; 6 for $5.00)
NOTE: YOU MUST LET US KNOW whether or not you plan to attend and, if so, how many guests you will bring. Our space is very limited. We also need to have a headcount so we can order enough food. We will NOT be able to admit "walk-ins".
Please use our CONTACT FORM to let us know no later than December 8th.
- September 6, 2011
We are so happy to announce "The Great American PolkaFest" to be held October 24th & 25th at the Circus Circus Hotel Casino in Reno, Nevada, in the beautiful Mandalay Ballroom. Corky will be acting as MC for this exciting Two Day Polka Party Extravaganza! While you dance on our large dance floor, you will be entertained by (3) of the best polka bands in the West! We are so lucky to present The Gruber Family Band, The Steve Balich Polka Band, and The Ron Borelli Polka Band. Dancing will begin each day at Noon and end at 9pm. And for those who like to jam, you can play your hearts out from 9am to noon on Tuesday morning. (Don't forget to bring your instruments!!!) We know how you polka dancers can work up a thirst and appetite,so we've added a "Chef inspired" snack bar and a wide variety of refreshments. We want everyone to know that we are very aware of the economy today, so we worked hard to offer you the best and lowest prices as possible! Prices start as low as $29 + tax (1 day) & $49+ tax (2 days)!
And for you out-of-town guests, the Hotel has offered a special discounted rate of ($39 +tax) when you Call 1-800-648-5010 for your reservations. Remember to book your rooms by 10/9 to receive the group discount!! If you call after 10/9 it will be limited availability only! Remember to mention POLKAFEST and Code;IPOLKA to assure you the special discounted hotel room rate, which includes generous coupon books upon registration. The first 100 registrants will receive priority seating, and because we are expecting a huge turn-out, PLEASE don't wait to Call me and reserve your ticket. We accept Personal Checks, Visa, Discover and Mastercard. And for your convenience, I'm including (2) files; the poster, and the daily band schedule.
We are always looking for new ways to show our appreciation to everyone, so I am proud to Introduce: "The King of Reno Rewards Club" (Our way of saying "Thank-You" to all our beloved CB Productions customers and fans!). When you purchase your first ticket to one of our events, you become automatically enrolled in the rewards club and accumulate points, based on the price of the tickets. Every time you reach 1000 points you become eligible to receive one top level-full-price ticket to your next event! When you call to purchase a ticket, just tell me the events you've already attended, and I will happily award you your earned points!!!! (Many of you will be surprised at the amount of points you have already accumulated!!)
Our many followers know that our main goal is always to make people happy!! That's what we are determined to prove to everyone attending "The Great American Polkafest." We feel by providing you with the very best Polka event possible, you will be more confident to attend our many upcoming events.We always look forward to seeing old friends and look forward to meeting many new Polka friends!!! So dust off those dancing shoes and get ready for some great Polka fun!!! It's as easy as picking up the phone and calling!!
To order, Please call our toll-free ticket line 1-855-266-9847.
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748 S. Meadows Pkwy.
Reno, NV 89521
- September 4, 2011
We regret to inform that long time MAS member Jerome E. "Jerry" Tyranski, age 76 of Royal Oak, Michigan,
passed away on August 30, 2011. Jerry was a longtime sales engineer in the auto supply industry.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ann (Bruce) of 56 years, sons Stephen (Julie), James (Donna) and Michael (Kristin), and daughter Laura (Steven) Mayer; 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He was the brother of Thomas (Phyllis) and Michael (Beverly).
Funeral services were held on Friday, September 2nd, at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Beverly Hills. Memorial tributes can be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Michigan.
You may view the obituary and share memories at www.DesmondFuneralHome.com.
- August 17, 2011
THE GREAT AMERICAN POLKAFEST
A POLKA EXTRAVAGANZA AT CIRCUS CIRCUS RENO (Nevada)!
OCTOBER 24-25 * NOON TO 9PM
TUESDAY MORNING OPEN JAM 9AM-NOON!
* THE GRUBER FAMILY BAND
* THE STEVE BALICH POLKA BAND
* THE RON BORELLI POLKA BAND
2-DAYS ONLY $49 (Ent. tax) PER PERSON
1-DAY ONLY $29 (+Ent. tax) PER PERSON
(accept VISA, MASTERCARD, and DISCOVER)
ORDER EARLY FOR PREFERRED SEATING * TOLL-FREE TICKET LINE
Special Discounted $39.99 (+ tax) Hotel Room Rate!
Call 1-800-648-5010. Mention Polkafest and code IPOLKA
To receive Group discount, rooms must be booked by 10/09.
Limited availability afterwards. Generous Bonus Coupons Included!
- August 6, 2011
- Natale Emanuele is currently performing every Friday night at Vitale's in Grosse Ile. You can hear
Natale on the accordion from 6pm to 9pm. The address for Vitale's is:
8905 Macomb St.
Grosse Ile, MI 48138
Phone number: 734-675-7888
- July 13, 2011
ADAM BELL is performing at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, Michigan Thursday evening, July 14th and all day Friday through Sunday, July 15th-July 17th.
Adam is a terrific performer — go have a great meal and listen to some super music!
- July 13, 2011
There's still time to order tickets for THE GREAT AMERICAN SQUEEZE OFF FESTIVAL in Clinton Township (Detroit suburb), Michigan on July 27th and 28th.
Contact Monica Lundback at CB Productions, Inc., at toll free number 1-855-266-9847. Or, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone who has a ticket will be included in a drawing to win a personal dinner date with Dick Contino on July 26th.
There is a great line-up of performers: Dick Contino, Corky Bennett, Cory Pesaturo, the trio "Made In Italy", Al Battistelli, Joe Cairo, and Detroiters John Shollack, Walt Lipiec, Joe Recchia and Chet Wisnoski. Prices are as follows:
DS01 Full 2-day package (includes 4 meals, all shows) $199.00/person
DS02 Couple price for above $379.00/couple
DS03 1-day package (1 lunch, 1 dinner, shows)
Wednesday, July 27th $119.00/person
DS04 1-day package (1 lunch, 1 dinner, shows)
Thursday, July 28th $119.00/person
DS05 Dinner & Show (arrive @ 5:45 PM)
Wednesday, July 27th $ 79.00/person
DS06 Dinner & Show (arrive @ 5:45 PM)
Thursday, July 28th $ 79.00/person
DS07 Show only, 6:45 PM, Wednesday, July 27th $ 39.00/person
DS 08 Show only, 6:45 PM, Thursday, July 28th $ 39.00/person
Wednesday, July 27th:
10 AM - Sign in & Reception in Promenade
12 PM - Luncheon Buffet in Ballroom. Music by Walt Lipiec
After Lunch - "Made In Italy"
1:30-3:30 PM - Accordion Jam in Promenade
3:30 PM - Perfomance in Promenade - Al Battistelli
4:00-5:30 PM - Accordion Jam in Promenade
6:00 PM - Dinner Buffet in Ballroom - Music by Chet Wisnowski
After dinner concerts in Ballroom with Corky Bennett and Cory pesaturo
Thursday, July 28th:
10 AM - Promenade Exhibits Open
12 PM - Luncheon Buffet in Ballroom, Music by Chet Wisnowski
After Lunch Show in Ballroom - John Shollack
1:30-3:30 PM - Accordion Jam in Promenade
3:30 PM - Performance in Promenade by Joe Cairo (Italian Music Maestro)
4:00-5:30 PM - Accordion Jamin Promenade
6:00 PM - Dinner Buffet in Ballroom, Music by Walt Lipiec
After Dinner Concerts by Corky Bennett and Dick Contino, with a Special Tribute to the great Tony Dannon.
- July 8, 2011
A heads up...a polka band with accordion is scheduled to appear for about a 30 minute set at the Shelby Music Society at their July meeting. I don't know much about the band other than their name is Soundz of Music (spelling is correct with Z in Soundz.)
The SMS meets the second Saturday of each month starting at 7:00 pm. The location is the Shelby Senior Center behind the Shelby Libray on Van Dyke near 23 Mile Road.
The only cost is a $2 donation at the door. The SMS meeting is comprised of a bunch of open mike performances with a wide range of music styles, instruments, etc. Several MAS members perform on a regular basis so accordions are a frequent part of the program. If you would like to play yourself...bring your accordion and sign up at the door for a 2-3 song/15 minute spot on the program.
- April 13, 2011
I am saddened to inform you that Tony Dannon passed away very peacefully yesterday afternoon, April 12, around 1:00 PM at the home of his nephew and wife, Joe and Toni Recchia. Tony was born on March 24, 1924 in Villa Latina, Italy and came to the United States as a young boy. He served in the U. S. Army and was a member of their Special Services Unit. MAS celebrated his 87th birthday at the March 15th meeting.
Tony was the foremost jazz accordionist in the world; a great musician, performer, composer, arranger, and teacher. He was co-owner of Modern Accordion Studio in Dearborn, Michigan with the late Oliver (Ollie) Petrini. Tony was a house musician for WXYZ-television, performing on Tom Tom Matinee, The Michigan Barn Dance and the late night Soupy Sales Variety Show (11 PM). He also performed at nightclubs in the metro-Detroit area, particularly The Lido in St. Clair Shores.
Tony was a member of The Detroit Federation of Musicians Local 54324, American Accordionists Association, American Teacher's Guild, and was a founding member of The Michigan Accordion Society, serving as a Vice-President for 10 years.
He was predeceased by his wife Lillian (nee Facchini of the DiMara Sisters). Loving brother of Mary (Emilio) Recchia, Joseph (the late Gloria) D'Annunzio, the late Ben (Mary) D'Annunzio, and the late Beta (Andy) Tersigni. He is survived by many nieces and nephews, particularly Joseph and Antonella (Toni) Recchia and Dr. Anthony and Flora Tersigni.
Tony's death leaves a huge void in the accordion world of music. He will certainly be missed. His music and legacy will live on. Rest in peace dear friend.
Visitation will be Saturday, April 16 from 3 PM to 9 PM (rosary at 7:00 PM) and Sunday, April 17 from 1 PM to 9 PM at the Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home, 13650 E. 15 Mile Road (at Schoenherr) in Sterling Heights, MI.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 18 from St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church, 41300 Romeo Plank Road (at Canal Road) in Clinton Township. Tony will lie in state from 9:30 AM until the time of Mass at 10:00 AM. Internment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.
The Obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website and you may leave a tribute.
- February 10, 2011
In Concert–Peter Soave
The Michigan Accordion Society proudly presents the internationally renowned Accordion-Bayan- Bandoneon Virtuoso PETER SOAVE – In Concert. Also appearing - Mady Soave, Sunday, March 6, 2011, 4:00 PM at the American Polish Century Club located at 38204 Maple Lane in Sterling Heights, Michigan. (Hoover Road becomes Maple Lane north of 14 Mile Road. The Club is opposite the golf course.)
Recognized worldwide as the foremost master of bandoneon and concert accordion, Peter Soave has established himself as the leading soloist of his generation. The hallmark of his performances is a unique combination of his commanding stage presence and the excitement of his vibrant virtuosity.
"...absolutely splendid soloist..." - The New York Times
"...explosively passionate reading of Piazzolla's tango.,." - Detroit Free Press
"...Soave brought the audience once again to its feet." - The Muncie Star Press
".. stunning, majestic, monumental testimony of a man who lives, breathes and feels every note. The musician ship is beyond words." - Duilio Dobrin, conductor, composer.
Peter was born in Detroit, Michigan to Italian parents who emigrated from France. He began accordion lessons at the age of five, studying with Michele Kramarz and later, the late Lana Gore. He gravitated towards classical music and at age 16 entered international competitions and swept first place four times, confirming his reputation as a virtuoso of the highest order – the Grand Prix in Neu Isenberg, West Germany, the Coupe Mondiale in Folkstone, England, the Trophee Mondiale in Arrezano, Italy, and at age 18, won the prestigious Klingenthal Virtuoso Music Competition in then communist East Germany, a feat no other person from a free nation had accomplished, and particularly, at such a young age.
ln 1987, Peter Soave was the inaugural recipient of "Voce d'Oro," the international award honoring those who have given prominence to the accordion in the world of modern music. Deeply inspired by the music of Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla, Mr. Soave's impassioned musicianship motivated him to include the characteristic bandoneon in his performances.
Peter is in great demand as a concert artist and has appeared with symphony orchestras around the world – San Francisco Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony, Flint Symphony, San Salvador Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic, Lubbock Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Walla Walla Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico, Williamsport Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho and the Zagreb Soloists. He has collaborated with conductors such as James Levine, Neemi Jarvi, Thomas Wilkins, Robert Spano, Leone Mageira, Hermann Michael, Duilio Dubrin and Guillermo Figueroa. ln 1983 he performed as a soloist for the late Luciano Pavarotti in Detroit. For the only North America performance in 1999 of the Three Tenors, Soave performed as the featured bandoneonist. He has also appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America".
The Concert begins at 4:00 PM. Doors open at 3:00 PM. Light snacks will be served. A cash bar will be available. CD's will be available for purchase and Mr. Soave will be available to sign autographs and pose for photos after the concert.Advance Tickets are $20.00/person. Tickets sold at the door are $25.00/person.
Children Age 14 and Under: $10.00.
To purchase tickets or obtain additional information call 248-689-3296, 313-585-0956, 313-822-4722
or Gus Zoppi Music Studio at 585-978-1816. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
All proceeds to the Michigan Accordion Society's Youth Scholarship Fund.
- January 19, 2011
The Peter Soave Concert will be held on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at the American Polish CENTURY Club, located at 14 Mile and Maple Lane in Sterling Heights.
(Hoover Road becomes Maple Lane when you cross 14 Mile.)
Doors open at 3 PM — concert starts at 4 PM. Afterglow following concert.
Advance Adult Tickets now on sale at $20.00. Tickets at the door are $25.00.
- December 13, 2010
from the MAS
- The Michigan Accordion Society lost a long-time member with the passing of Vince Orbaczewski on Saturday, December 11, 2010. Vince was a very active and appreciated member of the Society and will be greatly missed. He served on the Board of Directors for the MAS. Besides being an MAS member, Vince was a member of the Scarab Club, Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Lakeside Palette Club, Warren Society of Artists, "48ers" Club. He was also the founder of the Vince O "Combo".
The funeral will be held on Thursday 10 a.m. at the David J. Wysocki Funeral Home, 29440 Ryan Rd. (one block N. of 12 Mile), Warren.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday (December 14 and 15, 2010) between 1pm and 9pm.
- November 30, 2010
from the MAS
Big Daddy Lackowski — Band & Tour 2010–2011 Schedule
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Dec. 5 Big Daddy's Annual Christmas Dinner Dance.. .St. Lawrence K of C Hall Utica Rd, Utica, Mi Great party don't miss out! Tickets $22 Includes Buffet style dinner, beer ,pop, a gift for all & music from 2-7:00 pm Call Big Daddy at 586-781-6330
Dec.7...FIREKEEPERS CASINO DAY TRIP !!!!!PAY $25 RECEIVE $20 PLUS $5 FOOD
Dec. 13...Brenda Lee Show at Soaring Eagle Casino..Includes bus, breakfast in Bay City, Show, $20 pre load, $5 food credits & loads of fun !!! $49.00 per person!
Dec. 14 ...Cornwell Dinner Theatre presents "It's a Wonderful Life" Trip includes luxury motorcoach travel, famous buffet turkey dinner, & a live radio style performance of a great epic !!Only $69 person JANUARY 2011
JANUARY 1ST...NEW YEARS DAY POLKA PARTY...St. Lawrence KofC hall Utica Rd.(1/2 mile west of Vandyke..Dinner, beer, set ups..Music by Martin Brothers Plus & Big Daddy Lackoweski & the Ladee Das....Only $25 person Call 586-781-6330 or toll free at 1-888- ladedas....See you there !!!!
FEB.1-15, 2011 WINTER TIME ESCAPE IN THE SUN !!!! Join us for our annual trip to the fabulous PINK SITELL RESORT & SPA on Fort Myers Beach! Call for free brochure. Choice of Sanibel or White Sands building! Call for free brochure today !!!!!!
March 5...Ubly Heights Country Club Ubly Michigan featuring The Polka Family Band...Dancing from 8:00-12:00 pm Tickets only $13.00 per person Cash Bar & food available Call Big Daddy at 586-781-6330
March 22-23, 2011.. .Four Winds Casino & Firekeepers Lucky Get-a-Way! Includes bus, overnight at The Fairfield Inn & Suites. Receiver $50 in slot play Plus $25 in food coupons per person.......Spring Special $99 pper/dbl $94 pp/trip $89 pp/quad $125 sing/occup
March 30-31.. Overnight bus trip to beautiful St.Jacob Ontario Canada...Enjoy the fabulous theatre presentation of "Sheer Madness" the hilarious whodunit where the audience gets to solve the crime !!!! Dinner at the Stone Crock Restaurant...Explore the village of St. Jacob ...Shopping at the Farmers Market &Flea Market...Overnight accommodations at The Best Western complete with a jumbo whirlpool, fitness center, steam room & lounge.
April 2-3....Spring Fling to Kewadin Casino, St. Ignace & Bay Mills. Overnight at Kewadin Casino Resort in Sault St Marie, breakfast at Krysiaks, Full breakfast at hotel. Receive $50 from casino plus $10 in slot tokens, $10 food coupon... Special Saturday night stay! Don't miss out..$115 pp/dbl $110 pp/trip $105 pp/quad $149/single occup.
April 13-14, 2011...Thunder Bay Resort Hillman Michigan..Overnight bus trip ...Enjoy Elk viewing, carriage/sleigh Ride, Gourmet Dinner & Wine Tasting Event.. .A truly memorable experience... Stop at Saganning Casino on way holme to try your luck & receive $20 in pre load casino credits, & $5 in food voucher. Call for detailed brochure !!!
April 27-29, 2011.. .Niagara Falls Spring Escape.. .2 Nights at the Hampton Inn of the Falls..Roundtrip transportation, 2 breakfasts...Gaming at Niagara Fallsview Casino pius Seneca Casino in New York..Receive $35 Slot play per person plus $10 food..Plenty of time to shop & also enjoy the falls. Only $165.00 per/dble occup &160 triple $249 single
May 2-3, 2011...Two Nights in beautiful northern Michigan. Overnight at the exciting Turtle Creek Casino Resort & also one night at The Odawa Hotel in Petosky.. On the way back we will be stopping in Saganning Landing. Receive $96 in Casino Credits plus $14 in food coupons. Don't Miss this one !!!! Sign up early !!!! Double occupancy only $ 179 per person
May 11, 2011...Hollaud Tulip Festival...Annual visit to historic Holland Mi.Thousauds of tulip to see, lunch at Dutch Village, Volks parade with bleacher seating, visit to Windmill Island & dinner !!!!!! All for $85 per person....Don't miss out !!!!!!
May 25, 2011...Daniel O'Donnell in Concert !!!Come join us for the hottest show in the country Performance at The Stranahan Theatre in Toledo Ohio.. .A fabulous dinner is included after the show !!!!!Bus departures from Shelby, Sterling Hts, & Dearborn...Call for free brochure !!!
2011 Special Extended Trips
March 22-30, 2011 Discover Tuscany..Visit Rome, Assisi, Florence Tuscan Fest, Pitti Palace Includes 10 days-13 Meals-8 Breakfasts-5 Dinners...Call for free detailed brochure
- September 30, 2010
- OKTOBERFEST — Sunday October 17, 2010
Featuring — The Silven Koltyk Orchestra
Location: THE AMERICAN POLISH CULTURAL CENTER
2975 East Maple Road (15 Mile Road at Dequindre) Troy, MI
Time: 4:00 pm (doors open at 3:00 pm)
Cost: Advance tickets are $ 18.00 for adults ($20.00 at the door)
Children ages 11-14: $10.00
Children age 10 and under - Free
There will be a huge variety of music for your DANCING and LISTENING pleasure by both The Silven Koltyk orchestra and some of our club members. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar as well as a 50/50 Cash Raffle and a Door Prize Raffle. CD's and tapes will be available for purchase.
Tickets may be obtained from any Board member or through Gus Zoppi Music Studio at 586.978.1816.
The first 100 poeople purchasing tickets will receive a CD by the Silven Koltyk Orchestra.
- August 30, 2010
Our next MAS full membership accordion meeting is going to be on September 21, 2010 (as usual the third Tuesday of the month) at the Polish Cultural Center in Troy, MI.
The Vice President Stephen Kaye will be the featured performer along with a great percussionist Mr. Dan Maslanka.
- June 2, 2010
John Smoltz, father of the famous long time pitcher of the Atlanta Braves, will be playing a benefit dance at the Slovene American Club tomorrow, June 2, from 7-10pm.
John played for our club last year, and is dedicating the event as he did last year, to his father, who was one of the original button box players at the club,
and to his accordionist uncle from Minnesota, as well as to his friend and deceased local musician, Gaylord Klancnik. John will be accompanied by
Dick Kuciemba on sax and clarinet, and Kurt Schroeder on drums. Local musicians from the club, as well as other local musician friends of John will also perform.
Doors open at 6, and music will be from 7-10. Goulash and sausage dinners, along with sausage sandwiches will be available, and admission is $5.
The club is located at 18616 Allen Road, just south of Oakwood, in Melvindale, and the club phone number is 313.381.3434.
- May 30, 2010
MAS member John Stimac, passed away on May 25, 2010. The members of the Michigan Accordion Society extend their deepest sympathy
to John's family.
John was the beloved husband of the late Josephine, dear father of Sharon Hammer, Lynn Pinter (Bill), and John, grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of seven.
Family will receive friends on Sunday, May 30 from 1-7pm and Tuesday, June 1 from 1-9 pm at A.J. Desmond & Sons, 2600 Crooks Road (between Maple and Big Beaver) in Troy. A scripture service will be held at 7pm Tuesday at the funeral home.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 10:00am at St. Thomas More Church, 4580 N. Adams Road (between Wattles and Long Lake) in Troy.
Burial will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial Tributes may be made to the American Diabetes Association or St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital.
- April 11, 2010
As published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch
OLIVER PETRINI passed away on Tuesday, April 6,
2010 in Richmond. He was 89. Mr. Petrini and his beloved wife of
63 years, Jewel, moved to Richmond from their long-time home in
Dearborn, Michigan, in 2007, to live near their only child,
Edward Petrini; their daughter-in-law, Maureen Petrini; and their
grandchildren. Mr. Petrini is survived by his wife, his son, his
daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren, Anna Petrini of Richmond,
and Maria Petrini of Washington, D.C. Born in Eynon, Pennsylvania
near Scranton, in 1920, Mr. Petrini began performing as a
professional musician at the age of 14. In October 1942, after
having moved to Detroit to take advantage of that city's
war-time demand for live musical entertainment, he entered the
U.S. Army, where he eventually was assigned to a unit that
entertained thousands of soldiers and sailors in the Southwest
Pacific. At times, he worked with such well-known talents of the
day as Jack Benny, Don Knotts (a member of the unit), Joe E.
Brown, Mickey Shaughnessy, and Gertrude Lawrence. Following World
War II, Mr. Petrini resumed his career as an entertainer and
musician, and, in 1949, opened a music school in Dearborn that
ultimately counted, by the 1970s, almost 1,000 students per week
on its rolls and hundreds of state and national awards for its
students. He retired in 1982. Private services will be held at
the Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia, Virginia. The family
has asked that donations in lieu of flowers, be sent to Tuckahoe
Presbyterian Church, 7000 Park Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23226.
- March 15, 2010
The Michigan Accordion Society presents their Annual Spring Concert on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at the American Polish Cultural Center
located at 2975 E. Maple Road (15 Mile and Dequindre), Troy, Michigan.
This year we are proud to present Russian Accordion Virtuoso STAS VENGLEVSKI, Dobra and Mandolin Master MISHA LITVIN, and THE MICHIGAN ACCORDION SOCIETY ORCHESTRA under the direction of Silven Koltyk.
Stas Venglevski is a brilliant artist and composer/arranger of music for the accordion. A native of the Republic of Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union, he came to the United States in 1992. A two-time first prize winner of bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova, he is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his Masters Degree in Music under the tutelage of the famed Russian bayanist, Friedrich Lips. He has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe and the United States, including numerous performances with Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen and with Garrison Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion Show. Additionally, he has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the United States. He is a regular participant of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Arts in Community Education Program (ACE); has done television commercials and performed in theater productions; produced numerous recordings including transcription of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite for bayan, as well as original compositions. He has also published several books of original compositions. Stas also performs as a member of the Sta-Sera Duo where he combines talents with accordionist John Simkus, known primarily for his smooth jazz renditions. He also demonstrates his versatility performing regularly with his Irish friends, Leahy's Luck.
Misha Litvin has performed as a solo recitalist and as a soloist with chamber orchestra in Russia, Germany, The Netherlands, France and the United States. Originally from Minsk, Belarus. After graduating with a Masters Degree in Orchestra Conducting, Music and String Pedagogy, he taught guitar and mandolin and led many student musical groups at the municipal music school in Minsk. Mr. Litvin currently performs in duos with piano, accordion and guitar. He participates in educational programs with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra with Stas Venglevski and is a member of the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. He has been a faculty at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music since 2001.
The Michigan Accordion Society Orchestra conducted by Silven Koltyk will also perform, The Orchestra is made up of professional musicians and advanced students and they have performed throughout Southeast Michigan. Their musical repertoire is varied from classical to light rock and roll standards to ethnic big band to country.
Doors open at 3:00 PMthe Concert begins at 3:3O PM. Light snacks will be served. A cash bar will be available. CD's will be available for purchase. Mr. Venglevski and Mr. Litvin will be available to sign autographs and pose for photos.
Advance Tickets are $15.00/person. Tickets sold at the door are $18.00/person. Children Age 12 and Under: $10.00.
To purchase tickets or obtain additional information call 248.689.3296, 313.822.4722 or Gus Zoppi Music Studio at 586.978.1816. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
- January 12, 2010
Your membership expired on December 31, 2009. If you have not already renewed your membership for 2010, please take a minute to write a check in the amount of $25.00, payable to the Michigan Accordion Society, and mail it to Jerry May, 5955 Cobb Creek Road, Rochester, MI 48306. It is important to keep the accordion and its music alive in Michigan, so please mail your dues as soon as possible. Please note that our dues have not increased since we began in 1996. Thank you to those members who have already renewed.
Gift Certificates for a one-year membership are available for purchase. Contact Linda Marshall using our Contact Form if you would like to give a friend or relative a gift of music.
- January 12, 2010
- Do you teach accordion? Do you know someone who teaches accordion? We are compiling a list of accordion teachers or studios who also teach accordion - beginners, children and adults in Michigan and Ohio. Please contact Linda Marshall using our Contact Form.
- December 21, 2009
Quinto Vitale had his 96th birthday on December 20th. Birthday cards would be a nice surprise for him. He is very proud of his age and that he is still able to come to MAS meetings.
If you have a little one or know of a little child who still believes in Santa and would like them to receive a letter from Santa Claus, please contact Linda Marshall through our contact form. Include the child's full name and address and a letter will be sent to them. There is no charge.
The members of the MAS Board of Directors wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy, musical, healthy and prosperous New Year.
- November 23, 2009
The Annual MAS Christmas Party will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 7:30 PM. We will be meeting at the American Polish Cultural Club located on 15 Mile (Maple Road) at Dequindre in Troy, MI. There will be a $5.00 (to help defray the cost of the room) donation at the door.
It will be an Open Mic Night. We will have a Christmas Sing-Along (song sheets will be provided), Christmas games, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, pizza and other snacks, a chocolate fountain, etc.
Please contact Steve Kaye if you wish to perform.
Everyone is invited - members, friends, relatives, former members. However, you must RSVP by December 3, 2009. Let us know how many people you plan to bring. Please use our contact form to RSVP or call Marguerite Krau or Linda Marshall.
- September 21, 2009
Back by Popular Demand
Sunday, October 18, 2009
The American Polish Cultural Center
15 Mile at Dequindre
Featuring Grammy nominated recording artist
and former member of the nationally renowned group, POLKA FAMILY
and many others
Advance Tickets: $15.00 per person
Children Age 7 to 14: $10.00
Tickets at the Door: A$18.00
Doors open at 3:00 PM
click here for flyer
- September 5, 2009
- Just a reminder that the September Membership Meeting will be held at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, September 15th at The American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, MI (15 Mile Rd (Maple) and Dequindre). The featured performers will be Judy Thorne & The Ramblers. Also performing will be Jerry May. Please contact us through our Contact Form if you would like to perform. We ask that all players other than the featured performers limit themselves to 3 selections. After everyone has performed and if there is time, you may take a second turn.
- July 19, 2009
- MAS member Judy Thorne and her band, The Ramblers, will be performing for us at our next accordion club meeting on 09/15/2009. The group will play a variety of music for approximately one hour. The band consists of six musicians and they sound terrific! I think everyone will really enjoy them!
- April 20, 2009
Hot Club of Detroit, featuring accordionist Julien Labro, will be at the Cadieux Cafe, on Cadieux between Warren and Mack Avenue in Detroit on Tuesday, April 21st.
- February 20, 2009
MAS member Bob Berta sent us the following:
I am on the board of directors of the Shelby Music Society...it is an organization that is very similar to the accordion club...but is open to all instruments and singing. Music styles range all over the map from classic to jazz to folk to blue grass, every ethnic type you can imagine, but generally no pop music. It is setup in the open mike format with each person/group performing about 3 tunes or 15 minutes. It generally meets the second Saturday of each month although the March meeting will be earlier due a conflict with a holiday. The meetings run from 7:30 to 10:00pm and are at the Shelby Senior Center located behind the Shelby library on Van Dyke near 23 Mile Road. It is a gorgeous facility with a big stage and we have a first rate sound system. I usually play at every meeting and there are three other MAS members besides myself who are also members of the society. While guitars and singing tend to be in the majority, there are violins, piano, cello, flute, harmonica, etc. so a place for every instrument. The audience is very appreciative of accordion and we would love to have even more MAS members in the audience. Generally the attendence is around 60 -100 people. There are no dues but a $2 donation is requested. Each meeting also has a big assortment of member donated snacks and sweets at no additional cost. Those wanting to perform need only show up and get on the open mike list for the night. If you are interested in attending or getting more info you can contact me directly at my email address to get more information.In another note, Bob Berta says:
Once again I will play my MIDI accordion as entertainment during the FISH FRY FRIDAYS at St. John Vianney Catholic Church located on West side of Schoener between 25 and 26 Mile Roads. This will start Friday, Feb. 27 and every Friday until Easter. Time for both the dinner and music is 5:00pm to 7:30pm.
Enjoy a night-off from cooking and join me as I perform a variety of music genres, have a great inexpensive dinner and visit with friendly folks.
- February 20, 2009
- Kevin Solecki will be performing at the annual Paczki Day Celebration on Tuesday, February 24th, at Michelle's Restaurant/Sweetheart Bakery, 31920 Van Dyke, just north of 13 Mile Road in Warren from 11:00 am til 8:00 pm. Special evening guest musician: Mike Zawojsky. Kevin and MIke will be performing duet accordion music. The food is great! Be sure to make reservations as the waiting list is really long. Call 586-795-1665.
- February 12, 2009
Peter Soave is arriving in Detroit a week from this Thursday, February 19, 2009.
Peter will be performing a concert with Duilio Dorbrin on Sunday, February 22, 2009, from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48323. Please pass the word along.
Peter is looking forward to seeing old friends.
- January 6, 2009
Steve Kay received the following update from Ray Battani on Elaine:
"Elaine is doing better and is being moved to "Heartland", South Boulevard and Rochester Road in Rochester, Michigan for more physical therapy. We are all praying for Elaine."Peter Soave sent the following comments about the death of Peter Baltrusz (obituary below):
"The Detroit accordion fraternity has lost a TRUE GENTLEMAN; may he be remembered. It is important that Pete Baltrusz is remembered. Peter was one of several old timers that for various reasons, never received due respect for his contributions to the accordion in Detroit. Another such person is Eddie Schick. Baltrusz was a staple at Gail and Rice, the premier entertainment agency in the country for many years, and was very much in demand. Pete was so soft spoken and never sought the limelight. I remember growing up and meeting people who would refer to Baltrusz as being a true professional, etc... Baltrusz was the real thing! A first rate player who played the accordion his entire life."
- January 1, 2009
- The new year brings sad news. Long time MAS member Peter Baltrusz passed away on December 28th. I didn't find out about it until late last night (Dec 31st). His funeral was on Tuesday, December 30th. Peter was 94, born on December 29, 1913 in Detroit. He was a longtime resident of Dearborn Heights. He was the husband of the late Anna and father to Ronald and the late Peter; grandfather of 7 and great-grandfather of 6. Services were conducted by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home with interment at St. Hedwig Cemetery in Dearborn Heights. MAS sends their deepest sympathy to Peter's family. Friends may sign the guestbook by going to www.howepeterson.com and clicking on the obituary display.