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MAS In The News

From time to time the Michigan Accordion Society is featured in the news. Below you will find links to these news events as well as some links to audio files (mp3).

June 21, 2019

June 19, 2019

June 18, 2019

“Michigan Accordion Society…..Hosts another successful Student Night”

The Michigan Accordion Society (MAS) 501c3 organization mission has been to generate significant financial donations and delivering these donations to Students within the accordion community. Since 2016 during their 20th year celebration, MAS has issued over $16,000.00 in financial scholarships to help youth Accordionists programs not only at their home base in Michigan but also Nationwide. Organizations who have benefited from MAS scholarship program have been….The National Accordion Association, The America Accordion Association and The Accordion Teachers Guild, which has benefited numerous youth Accordion programs. These scholarships are made possible through the “Tony Dannon Music Student Scholarship Fund” which MAS developed and manages.

June 18th 2019 MAS issued another $1,000.00 in scholarship awards to four very talented Michigan Accordion students; Matthew Chen, Jessica Fligger, Lukas Stacharski & Ellie Johnson. Each student received a $250.00 scholarship fund to be used for future Accordion Lessons. Their instructors included Mr. Yakov Todoromovich from Troy, MI, Mr. Mike Zawojsky from Sterling Heights, MI and Mr. Don Rienholm from ­­­­­Oakland, MI.

Joe Recchia, MAS president who hosted the event stated, “It’s one of our most memorable events of the year and would not be possible without the support of our Members, student’s parents, teachers and enduring admiration these kids have for the accordion. We need to remember these children are the future of the accordion and we need to continue to help support them.” The students performed beautifully to a very welcoming and large supportive audience. Recchia added “We are so grateful to Mr. Umberto Piccirilli propitiator of “Piccirilli Ritorante” in Shelby Township, MI who welcomes our organization. He and his wonderful staff are always available to support our organization and help make our guests comfortable. I would also like to send a very special thank you to our MAS Officers; Bob Berta – Vice President, Antonella Recchia – Secretary & Treasurer as well as our Board members; Angela Beaumont, Tony Latona, John Gabalis & Dave Passalaqua who not only help to support this great annual event but continue to help insure we raise the needed funding so we can continue our scholarship program for years to come”.

For more information about the Michigan Accordion Society, please visit their Facebook page.

July 26, 2018

Michigan Accordion Society President [Joe Recchia] remembers Sergio Marchionne in this Fox 2 News (Detroit) video clip.

August 9, 2017

The August 9-15, 2017 edition of “The Record” newspaper announced the new address of the Michigan Accordion Society and reported on the activities of the MAS. (Note: the article has been resized for readability)


November 13, 2016


February 8, 2016
Highlighting the March 13, 2016 concert featuring MAS member Peter Soave


February 1, 2016

The Michigan Accordion Society made national accordion news! We were featured in the Feb 2016 edition of Accordion USA. You can read the article by clicking on the following link: www.accordionusa.com/#art2436.

July 10, 2015

The July 2015 edition of “The Italian American” newspaper and the July 3 – July 16 edition of “The Italian Tribune” featured articles about the Michigan Accordion Society's Music Scholarship Awards. These awards were given during the MAS Monthly Music Event on Tuesday May 19, 2015 at Picano's Restaurant in Troy, Michigan. The recipients of the awards are Anthony Wiederhold (age 14), Jessica Fligger (age 10) and Lukas Stachurshi (age 10). Below you will see images of the newspaper article.

June 23, 2015

The June 22, 2015 edition of The Troy-Somerset Gazetter featured the Michigan Accordion Society on its front page. Below you will see the Music Students who received a scholarship to study the accordion.

April 29, 2014

The July 4-July 17, 2014 edition of The Italian Tribune featured the Michigan Accordion Society in an article entitled "MAS Awards Music Scholarships to Tri-County Students". The article has a great photo of all the receipients, and it describes the work that we do to promote the accordion.
Click here to read the article.

April 29, 2014

This morning Michigan Accordion President Joe Recchia and MAS member Barbara Bloom met with WRCJ Program Director Dr. Dave Wagner in WRCJ's studio. Joe and Barbara had the pleasure to play for Dave and for the listening audience in the Greater Metro Detroit area.


To hear the interview:


The MAS website up and running in the WRCJ studio

MAS President Joe Recchia plays his Borsini accordion on-the-air

January 13, 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:

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!

November 25, 2013

Marie Osborne of WWJ Radio Detroit contacted the Michigan Accordion Society regarding a story about the MAS and the accordion. Marie attended our November (2013) Music Event and interviewed several of our members. Below you will find a link to the story as well as a link to the audio file of the interview. We are very pleased to be a part of the resurgence of the accordion here in Michigan!

Click here for the CBS Local story "Step Aside Electronic Music There's A New Accordion In Town"

Listen the the interview here:

Marie Osborne with MAS President Joe Recchia

Marie Osborne interviews MAS Member Pat O'Rourke