San Francisco Accordion Club April 2010 Meeting

San Francisco Accordion Club April 2010 Meeting

Lorenzo Lucchesi

Founders Rusty Bartoli, Dominic Palmisano, Jim Holliday

Mary Tokarski

Smiell Band

Happy Birthday to the San Francisco Accordion Club

April Musical Meeting: It Just Keeps Getting Better!

In addition to a fabulous program, we had the pleasure of a visit from Dr. Anthony Bruno, father of the late Tom Bruno whom so many of us knew and loved.

Today's meeting marks the 20th anniversary of our club in its present incarnation. Three of the five founders were present (see photo).

Our own young Lorenzo Lucchesi performed pre-meeting "warm-up" music.

Mary Tokarski, champion performer, teacher, winner of countless awards and honors in the US and all over the world, mesmerized our audience with her technique, dexterity, and the wide variety of music she played. She was truly amazing!

In the second half, it was Joe Smiell's Big Band that kept the audience clapping, "schunkeling"* and singing with a very wide variety of mostly folk tunes from many countries (Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain--you name it!), including trumpets in all four corners of the room. Wow!

*"Schunkel" refers to people locking arms and swaying back & forth to the music, as in the Bavarian Oktoberfest.


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