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XXX International Festival "Bayan and Bayanists", Moscow - Russia

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The XXX International Festival "Bayan and Bayanists" started in Moscow on December 12th with the Opening Concert. 46 page program (34MB): 2019BBbooklet.pdf

A full report of this event will be published next week.

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U.S. Army Accordionist SGM Manny Bobenrieth Retires - USA

Captain Emily Bobenrieth, Maureen Bobenrieth (Manny’s wife), Sergeant Major Manuel (Manny) Bobenrieth, and Captain Vincent Bobenrieth.
SGM Manny BobenriethPicture above: Captain Emily Bobenrieth, Maureen Bobenrieth (Manny’s wife), Sergeant Major Manuel (Manny) Bobenrieth, and Captain Vincent Bobenrieth - photo by Lou Coppola.

AAA Governing Board member, Sergeant Major Manuel (Manny) Bobenrieth, accordionist for the U.S. Army Strings, will retire on December 31 after a stellar 32-year career.

On December 7, in a ceremony recognizing Manny’s many achievements throughout his career, he was presented with multiple awards and gifts from the Army, members of the Strings, and his two children who are both Captains in the U.S. Army.

The large auditorium was filled to capacity with members of the military including some of the U.S. Army's highest ranking officers, alumni of the various Army bands, family and friends, including many friends from the accordion community.

A full article with additional photos and video will follow in January.

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Registration Deadline 31 December for World Music Festival, Innsbruck - Austria

World Music posterThe World Music Festival in Innsbruck, Austria is held every 3 years and is next being held May 30th to June 2nd, 2019.

The event, organised by the Deutscher Harmonika Verband e.V (DHV) features concert performances by groups and orchestras and international competitions for:
• Harmonica and accordion instruments in orchestras, ensembles and bands
• Solo categories for harmonica and diatonic accordion

Download Invitation and Entry Information in German and English: 2019WMF.pdf
Registration deadline is: 31 December 2018

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Massimiliano Pitocco Awarded "Cento Eccellenze" (100 Excellence Italian) - Italy

Massimiliano PitoccoAccordion performer and university tutor Massimiliano Pitocco has been awarded the Premio "Cento Eccellenze" (100 Excellence Italian) for Montecitorio presented on November 29th at Palazzo Montecitorio in Rome.

Massimiliano Pitocco has performed in many countries of the world with bayan and bandoneon with many famous musicians, given masterclasses and many international juries. Massimiliano Pitocco is also the accordion tutor at the "Santa Cecilia" Academy of Music in Rome and has taught many students who have enjoyed success in international competition.

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No.1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra Meets Famous Writer, London – UK

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Alexander McCall SmithThe members of the No.1 Ladies Accordion Orchestra were introduced to the crime novelist Alexander McCall Smith (picture right) at a recent concert in London. He was delighted to learn about this all-squeezing, cake-loving, tea-drinking band of lovely talented ladies and sent each of them a signed book.

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Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

Robaccord Publications by Rob Howard - UK

Rob Howard booksRob HowardUK accordionist and author Rob Howard has written several books, most of which are about the accordion, and would make ideal presents for accordion enthusiasts. The 4 volumes of ‘An A to Z of the Accordion’ contain a combined total of about one thousand varied articles and biographies. These are now offered at a reduced price.

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New and Updated Sites

New Site: Nova Wan Site and New Arrangement (solo) Released, Shanghai - China

Nova WanNova Wan is a former international competitor who achieved 3rd place in the Virtuoso Entertainment category at the 2009 Coupe Mondiale. His tutor was Crystal Wang of Shanghai Normal University (SHNU).

After graduation, Nova Wan has continued composing and arranging, and is now a well known composer and arranger as well as accordion teacher at the Shanghai Childrens Palace and Conductor of the Shanghai Accordion Alliance Orchestra.

Nova Wan is going to release his compositions over the coming months.

Just released is:
Catalog: nova141 Sailing Apart (solo) composed by Toshiko Esaki, arranged by Nova Wan.
Sample of music available online, music in pdf format sent to clients by email.

Released in November was:
Catalog: nova101 Umbrella Waltz composed by Nova Wan for quartet, ensemble or orchestra.

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Free Postage, Super Value Christmas Gifts Books by Benetoux

BellsBenetoux coverAccordion repair author Thierry Benetoux is offering a Free Postage Christmas Special for all his books until 20 December. Take advantage of this special offer for:

Catalog benetouxen00 The Ins and Outs of the Accordion (Book text) € 44,97
- How To Understand and Repair Your Accordion
- How to Tune Your Accordion

Catalog bthierryen Sounding Out The Accordion (Book text) € 42,00

Catalog benetouxfr00 Comprendre et Reparer Votre Accordeon (Book text) € 45,00

Catalog: bthierryfr L’Accordeon & SA Diversite Sonore (Book text) € 49,00

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Christmas Sheet Music Available Online

Christmas musicWant to learn some Christmas music for the Christmas season? There is a lot of different titles below and FREE with every order is a copy of the Gary Dahl arrangement of 'Angels We Have Heard on High'.

eSheet Music Christmas Books and Collections (sent by email)

Gary Dahl - Traditional Christmas Carols eBook, Collection #9 of 21 Christmas arrangements (Solo). View samples Catalog: DH09-eB

Gary Dahl - Xmas Special Package (4 pieces) (Solo) Catalog: DHxmaspac
James O'Brien Christmas choice of 12 pieces 50% discount (Solo) Catalog: obriensxmas12p
James O'Brien Christmas grade 4-5 pieces 40% discount (Solo) Catalog: obriensxmas5gr
James O'Brien Christmas grade 6 pieces 40% discount (Solo) Catalog: obriensxmas6gr
James O'Brien Christmas grade 7 pieces 40% discount (Solo) Catalog: obriensxmas7gr
James O'Brien Christmas pieces 50% discount (Duet) Catalog: obriensxmas-duo
James O'Brien All Christmas solos 50% discount (Solo) Catalog: obriensxmas-solos

Charnwood Publishing Printed Sheet Music (sent by post)

10 Christmas Carols (Solo) Catalog: M015A
Titles are: Good King Wenceslas, Holy Night, Silent Night, While Shepherds Watched, I saw Three Ships, O Come, all ye Faithful, Away in a Manger, Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, The First Nowell, Once in Royal David’s City, The Holly and the Ivy.

Busking as an Art Vol 5 Xmas Carol (Solo) Catalog: M305
Titles are: Good King Wenceslas, The First Nowell, I saw Three Ships, Once in Royal David’s City, Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night, Holy Night, The Holly and the Ivy, We Three Kings, While Shepherds Watched, Away in a Manger, Good Christian Men Rejoice, O Come, all ye Faithful.

Christmas Bells (Solo) Catalog: M662
Jingle Bells (Variations) (Solo) Catalog: M332
Ten Christmas Carols (Solo) Catalog: M015

eSheet Music Individual Christmas titles (Solo or Duet) - sent by email

Angels From the Realms of Glory (Orchestra) jay4401
Angels We Have Heard On High (Duet) obriensxmas196
As Lately We Watched (Duet) obriensxmas197
Away in a Manger (Duet) obriensxmas198
Carol of the Bells (Duet) obriensxmas199
Christmas (Solo) hs241
Christmas Medley (Joulusikerma) from Finland (Duet) faies5005
Christmas Song (Solo) DH0123a
Christmas Tree (Solo) hs176
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus obriensxmas200
Deck The Halls (Duet) obriensxmas189
Ding Dong! Merrily On High (Duet) obriensxmas190
Frosty The Snowman (Solo) DH0213
Go, Tell It On the Mountain (Solo and Duet) obriensxmas191
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Duet) obriensxmas192
Good Christian Men, Rejoice (Duet) obriensxmas193
Good King Wenceslas (Duet) obriensxmas194
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Solo) mfa7080
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Duet) obriensxmas201
Here We Come A-Caroling (Duet) obriensxmas202
Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Duet) obriensxmas203
I Saw Three Ships (Duet) obriensxmas204
I Wonder As I Wander (Duet) obriensxmas205
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear (Duet) obriensxmas206
Jingle Bells (Solo) hs169
Jingle Bells (Duet) obriensxmas207
Little Christmas Tree (Solo) hs125
Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming (Duet) obriensxmas208
O Christmas Tree (Duet) obriensxmas209
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Duet) obriensxmas210
O Come, All Ye Faithful (Solo) mfa7057
O Come, O Come Immanuel (Duet) obriensxmas212
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Duet) obriensxmas212
Olde Tyme Christmas (Solo) gm10
Once in Royal David's City (Duet) obriensxmas213
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Solo) DH0223
Silent Night (Solo) mfa7079
Silent Night (Duet) obriensxmas214
Silent Night (Solo) DH0183
Silent Night (Solo) OY604
Silver Bells (Solo) DH0044
Silver Bells (Solo) naa160
The Boar's Head (Duet) obriensxmas215
The Christmas Song (Solo) DH0123
The First Noel (Duet) obriensxmas216
The First Noel (Easy Version) (Solo) naa175
The Friendly Beasts (Duet) obriensxmas217
The Holly and the Ivy (Duet) obriensxmas218
Vilia (Solo) mfa7002
White Christmas Song (Solo) DH0121

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