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Thursday is Band Camp Day!
Band Camp Concert is Thursday evening 7:30 - 8:30 pm.


2017 Fun Band (Albreski, Dir)
Click the Blue Music Link download the music

Practice Times
    Wednesday: 1 hr between 7 - 10 pm.
    Thursday: 9:00 am. and 1:30 pm.
    Concert: 7:30 pm.
Dick Albreski writes:
They say ‘practice makes perfect’. Well that’s what we believe. We believe that a group of accordion enthusiasts, meeting together and playing music within their level of experience produces one result and that one result is the FUN BAND.

The N.A.A. has encouraged and promoted this band for the past decade and its popularity has grown to be one of the main convention events. Join with other accordionists on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 to practice and be perfect then perform in concert that evening.

For additional information contact the N.A.A. or the conductor/arranger Dick Albreski at juaccord@hotmail.com.

(P.S. There will be a ‘sneaky peek’ rehearsal on Wednesday March 8th in the evening for those wishing to attend. The time period for "Sneaky Peek" will be determined that evening)

Thursday: Non-Band Camp Activities
Following is a list of alternate activities available:
    Visit the vendor areas
    Interview with Rita (AWW USA Editor)
    Interview with Lori (Upcoming documentary) Mom's 15 Minutes of Fame
    Sharon Seaton's Circle*
* Sharon's Circle is a self-critiquing circle of friends performing for each other. Her "circle" may be repeated several times during the day.

Willard A. Palmer Tribute (Lee, Dir)
Jesu, Joy of Man

Bill Palmer of the Palmer/Hughes training series was born 100 years ago. To celebrate his legacy in the accordion world, the Fun Band and Orchestra will be joining together to perform one classical musical selection from the training series.

The Fun Band will be playing the choral arrangements (parts 1-5) and the Orchestra will be playing the Soprano, Alto, and Tenor music. The joint practice time is Thursday 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

2017 Accordion Orchestra Activities (Tokarski, Dir)
Click the Blue Music Link download the music

Practice Times
    Wednesday: 1 hr between 7-10 pm.
    Thursday: 10:30 am. and 3:30 pm.

Mary Tokarski writes: Hello NAA Orchestra Members! I am honored to be selected as your Conductor this year, and am looking forward to the experience with you.

I am truly looking forward to working with each and every one of you, and know you will be your best for our performance . . . and best of all . . . we will have fun!

Thanks for joining me,
Mary Tokarski Conductor, NAA Orchestra 2017



Roland Suite (Bluebonnet - 2nd Floor)
    Host: Chuck Henry
Wednesday (After 6:00 pm.)
    Upon request, Ian Fries (732-433-0211), can store digital accordions and equipment in the Roland Suite. Late evening Jamming will happen in the Roland Suite
Thursday, March 9 - Open all day
9:30 - 10:20 a.m.
    Ian Fries - Roland Practicalities - Batteries, Cases, Travel, Chargers
10:30 - 11:50 a.m.
    Chuck Henry - FR-4x and FR-8x Compared
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
    Chuck Henry- FR-4x Class - User Programs, sets, bellows, and speaker equalizers, W.A., and editing.
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
    Fries: A Roland Accordion on Your Lap
3:30 - 4:20 p.m.
    Michael Bridge - Roland Musicality.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Roland Suite Social Hour
    Open for discussion, accordion playing, and snacks

    Digital Jamming will start after the "Circle" closes.








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Thursday Evening Concert Information
Band Camp Activities in the Ballroom

Fun Band - Palmer Music
Accordion Orchestra
Circle of Champions
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Friday Workshop Activities

On-Going Activities: Arlyn's 15-minutes of Fame, Round-table Discussions, and Vendor Displays!

Main Ballroom (Salon D)
Good training track for small groups

9:00 - 9:50 am.
Shelia Lee/Bill Palmer (Texas)
Shelia and Bill will be conducting an orchestra-type session that is designed to teach the accordionist techniques to:
    Perform Pop arrangements
    Perform with accordion orchestras
    Develop duets, trios, and ensembles
Shelia writes:
Learn How to Play with an Ensemble

Do you feel like you are too weak of a player to participate with the Fun Band or the Convention Orchestra? Well this is the workshop for you. Shelia will show you how to prepare, how to play, how to follow a director, how to “make mistakes” and even have fun while you are playing with others.

This 50 minute workshop will have you participating in no time!!! Please print out and practice your parts and bring your accordion and music stand to this workshop. Please see the convention website for the "Learn to Play with an Ensemble” parts. We will be playing:
    “The Summer Place”
    “Lollipop"
    "Sweet Caroline”
Shelia will furnish extra parts and stands for those that chicken out until last minute! Remember, this is a training session without any pressure to perform!

Hint for duets, trios, and ensembles:
Use Shelia's training session to prepare a small group to perform during the evening's Progressive Celebration Party (Sharon's Cafe' and/or Nick's Party (Spurs)).

10:00 - 10:50 am.
Lenn Feldmann (New York)
Accordion to Lenny!
This is an introduction to Lenn Feldman, his music, opinions of the accordion, and his use of the accordion. Visit Lenn's website and be ready to ask questions.
www.cordeenman.com

11:00 - 11:50 am.
Rita Davidson-Barnea
(AccordionUSA and NY)

Rita's very active workshop includes using the accordion to play for kids parties and popular Israeli folk dance music. Assisting Rita will be our own Nancy Bernstein and Eli Davidson. A couple of the Israeli musical selections will be included in the evening's Celebration Dance Party.

Rita Barnea's Personal Website
Rita serves as an editor for: www.AccordionUSA.com (Monthly News)
www.Accordions.com (Weekly News)

12:00 - 1:20 pm.
Lunch Break


1:30 - 2:20 pm.
Digital Accordion Symposium
Moderator: Dr. Ian Blair Fries

The panel of distinguished experts include: Michael Bridge, Ray Harris, Chuck Henry, and Steve Albini

During a Digital Symposium several professional accordionists will explore why and how they play electronic instruments. How do they handle their instrument when solo versus when in an ensemble? How has their teaching changed? What accordion do they recommend for a beginning student, versus a student already playing an acoustic accordion?

2:30 - 3:20 pm.
Roland FR-4X Accordion Tour
Steve Albini
The National Accordion Association welcomes Roland FR-4x Accordion Tour and Steve Albini to the National Accordion Convention. For technical information related to this new accordion, view the official Roland FR-4x technical page.

3:30 - 4:20 pm.
Gary Blair (Scotland U. K.)
European Music
Championship accordionist Gary will be teaching trick and tips on how to play authentic styles, including French, Italian, etc. Gary also calls Ceilidh and square dancing.

Visit Gary's website for more information.
Gary will be our 2017 representative from National Accordion Organisation of the United Kingdom (NOA).

4:30 - 5:20 pm.
Gordon Kohl (California)
Playing with Other Accordion Players:
Gordon will explain and demonstrate how jamming evolves through a knowledge of basic musical theory. Another musician will join Gordon to demonstrate professional jamming techniques.


Longhorn Ballroom III-IV
Good training track for expanding skills

9:00 - 9:55 am.
Mary Tokarski (Connecticut )
Making Music Fun:
How to take a normal everyday musical selection and make it enjoyable. This workshop makes learning fun while improving your musical expertise.

10:00 - 10:50 am.
Patrick Harison
Patrick will be covering French Musette, Chromatic Accordion, and Jazz during his workshops.
Patrick Harison' website.

11:00 - 11:50 am.
Dr. Ian Fries (Florida)
Jazz Bass Chords

The Stradella bass can play much more than major, minor, seventh and diminished chords. Learn how to navigate the bass buttons better. Playing jazz chords are excellent accompaniment to digital accordions playing treble orchestral tones. A handout and an annotated score will be provided. You MUST bring an accordion to appreciate this workshop.

12:00 - 1:20 pm.
Lunch

1:30 - 2:20 pm.
Hank Thunander (Minnesota)
Musicality Techniques for the Accordion:

Bellows, musical registers (switches), modulation, dynamics, balancing the treble and bass, advantages and disadvantages of the accordion versus other musical instruments.

Hank will include fundamentals of professionalism regardless of the situation. Of course, Hank will discuss his unusual and/or comical gigs.
Hank Thunander's web site

2:30 - 3:20 pm.
Nick Bratkovich (Oklahoma)
Balkan music for dancing and listening pleasure. Nick will be teaching an easy Balkan tune in 7/8 time signature. Accordionists are encouraged to bring their instruments to the workshop. Balkan rhythm and styling will be discussed and demonstrated. Attendees will receive sheet music and a complimentary CD of the music being taught.

3:30 - 4:20 pm.
Accordion Pro Tips©
Dale E. Wise, M.M.E.
Endless tips have helped me in my years as a professional accordionist. For example, accompanying a soloist, bass & treble ratios, bellows control, "breaks," business cards, carts, form in music, hands, income, instrument position, Middle C, phrase renewals, playing "sets," rubato playing, strolling, and more. Let my thoughts and experiences serve you as well.

4:30 - 5:20 p.m.
Dr. Ed Casper (Arkansas)
Bass Workshop
  featuring   non-oompah-bass.
This will be a play-along session. Bring your accordion. There will be a stapled 15-page hand-out. Plan to go from simple to slightly advanced, with examples using easy-to-play real songs – including some Elvis.

Roland Suite
Friday, March 9, 2017
Hosts Ian Fries and Chuck Henry

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
    Chuck Henry - Roland Accordions and BK-7m
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
    Henry-Preparing and Using USB Backing Tracks While Playing a Roland
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
    Closed: (Fries: Jazz Bass Chords)
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
    Closed: (Fries: Digital Symposium)
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
    Closed (Albini: Roland Fr-4X Tour)
3:30 - 4:20 p.m.
    Michael Bridge - Tuning Roland Orchestral Sounds
4:30 - 5:20 p.m.
    Roland Suite Social Hour
    - Open for discussion, accordion playing, and snacks

Roland Suite - Open Daily

All conventioneers are welcome from experienced Roland Accordionists, to those who would like to experience a digital accordion up close for the first time.

Roland Suite Topics will include:
    FR-4x - Out-of-the-Box experience
    FR-8x - Playing the flagship Roland
    FR-7x – Preferred instrument
    FR-1x – Extreme portability
Adding Sound Expansions;
    Dallape
    Balkan
    Alpine
    Accordion orchestra
Additional topics
    BK-7m backing modules
    Is amplification necessary?
    How to use USB backing
    Adjusting bellows, reverb, and balance
    Computer editing of sets
    User programs
    Battery and power opinions
Demonstrations include:
    Transferring sets and user programs between different models of Roland accordions.
Other Convention Areas

Vendor Areas The vendor are responsible for posting the hours they are open on the hallway doors. The Swap Shop accordions are in this area.

Arlyn's 15-minutes of Fame

In addition to the traditional segments of instant fame (and many pictures),





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Friday "Progressive Party" Activities
General Public: $10 per person

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we are holding a 3.5 hour Progressive Party featuring our own conventioneers providing music simultaneously in three different locations. This format was designed to let conventioneers practice new skills learned during the daytime sessions. Late evening refreshments will be served. Let the good times roll!

Main Ballroom (Salon D)
Dance Party (Nancy Bernstein)

Musicians: Hank Thunander, Nick Bratkovich, and Invited guest.

The dance party is scheduled for those who love to play dance music and those who love to "dance the night away." Four local dance clubs have been invited to this dance party.

N.A.A. FRIDAY DANCE PARTY:
Walking jukebox of accordion talent HANK THUN-AN-DER (Frankie Yankovic’s Godson) and band will come from Minnesota to perform a variety of styles for our Friday night program! Hank is a tremendous polka player, but there will be a variety of styles played during the evening show, including big band, 50’s Rock, Zydeco and Texas style country western music!

Invited Guest Performers?
Since playing dance-able music is a musical art in itself, conventioneers wanting to perform during the dance party must have an advanced agreement with either Debra Peters or Nick Bratkovich.
Longhorn Ballrooms III-IV
Cafe' Accordion: Sharon Seaton
Musicians: Conventioneers

Cafe' Accordion will feature accordionists specializing in music with an ethnic flavor. Music of a variety of cultures will be highlighted in a relaxing setting evoking a French or Italian sidewalk cafe, a German pub, a latin gathering of friends, or. . . ?

Conventioneers interested in being featured in such settings should contact Sharon Seaton at SharonRSeaton@sbcglobal.net




Spurs Room (by restaurant)
Party Animals: Nick Ballarini
Nick has designed the "Party Animal" event to feature various musical dentitions such as:
    "Battle of the Bands"
    Accordion bands from local areas, such as Oklahoma City, Dallas, etc.,
    Solos, duets, and trios
    Special artist and guest










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Saturday Youth Activities
Training in the Spurs, concert in the Main ballroom

Youth and workshop information
’Bunch of Fun’ 2017 Youth Program!

ATTENTION ALL YOUTH, 18 and younger, WHO PLAY THE ACCORDION. You are invited to participate in a ’bunch of fun’. Here’s your chance to meet some of your peers who also enjoy the accordion.

The bunch of fun is playing as a group with music charts that meet your experience. It’s a fun thing and a memorable opportunity to perform in an ensemble that will be recognized by an appreciative audience.

It’s easy to enroll. All you have to do is tell your accordion teacher that you want to be part of this group or contact Dick Albreski at juaccord@hotmail.com.

The music is now available online. Youth Music
Longhorn Ballroom III-IV
The youth have two required practice sessions. One at 9:00 and a second at 11:00AM.
This gives the students a break between practices and a chance for lunch before the concert starts at 1:00 PM.
Other Areas
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Saturday Workshop Activities

Main Ballroom (Salon D)

9:00 - 9:50 am.
Mike Middleton (Temple, Texas)
Arranging & Enhancing Your Music With Various Accordion Techniques, Including Midi!
Dr. Middleton will demonstrate how he goes through a process of taking a simple song, and developing it into a show piece.

He will go through the process of showing how he turned a song like Amazing Grace into his very popular single “Amazing Grace Accordion Variations” … and show some other song techniques, done as a demo on the accordion. This is not just a lecture.
www.MikeMiddleton.com

10:00 - 10:50 am.
Baroque Music on Accordion
Michael Bridge, Instructor
Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Scarlatti -- what makes a performance of baroque music on accordion sparklingly beautiful and stylistically convincing?

Michael will perform Bach's French Suite No. 5 (and other short pieces) and discuss how he uses bellows techniques, articulations, registers, ornaments and transcription techniques to bring this wonderful music to life. (Stradella and free-bass players welcome!)

11:00 - 11:50am.
Duets and Musicality
Elena and Gregory Fainshtein

From their many years of musical experience playing duets, Elena and Gregory will discuss how to select the right music that appeals to the audience and how to create a duet arrangement which complements the strengths of each performer. Together, they will reveal the “invisible” cues that show how they communicate and share responsibilities during the performance.

The duet is a musical dance between two partners, blending two part arrangements into one unified musical sound. Strategies for articulation, musicality, stage performance and more will be discussed. Duets selected for analysis are: Chardash (popular Hungarian dance) and Indifference (a waltz-musette), both arranged by the Fainshtein.

Elena is asking duet performers to select one of the two duets that are posted on the NAA website, and play it at the workshop for the audience. She will provide positive critiques and pointers for a seamless performance. If desired, groups may choose to bring a different duet for demonstration.

Elena's arrangement of Chardash and Indifference are located on the NAA Convention Music Web page.
Bring your music and let’s have FUN playing the accordion together.

12:00 - 1:20 pm.
Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm. Youth Show (Albreski and teachers)

2:20 - 3:30 pm.
Accordion Pro...gressions #1©
Dale E. Wise, M.M.E.
This compilation of 33 Introductions, endings, and cadences was never written down until now. They just happened in my search for chord color and interesting progressions. Let my years of playing add to your professional performance. Definitely a keeper! Bring Your Own Accordion (BYA) and music stand.

3:30 - 4:20 pm.
Nick Ballarini
Elements of a Successful Accordion Performance.
Reserve time
Closed for setup
Longhorn Ballroom III-IV

9:00 - 9:55 pm.
Randy McPeck (Castle Accordion)
Know how your accordion works, address keyboard issues (key alignment, sticking keys, loose valve pads, key springs, and general maintenance), bass side issues, (sticking bass buttons, bent buttons, leaking bass valves and general maintenance), bellows (air leaks, bellow taping, cosmetics, and general maintenance), how to ship an accordion and a question and answer session. This would be a hands-on demonstration.
Castle Accordion Website

10:00 - 11:50 am.
Polka Power with Rollie and Charlie
Rollie Revering (Austin, Texas) and Charlie Crittenden (Arkansas) will be conducting an active presentation on polkas and polka rhythms. The various styles will include Yankovic music.

11:00 - 11:50 am.
Gordon Kohl (California)
What I Learned this Past Year:
As Gordon traveled extensively in the USA this year, he observed current musical styles and trends. Gordon will share and demonstrate his new knowledge so you too will feel comfortable "packing your accordion and playing your own way around the world." (Presentation)

12:00 - 1:20 pm.
Lunch

1:30 - 2:20 pm.
Tom Visentin (Houston area)
Creating Lead Sheets from YouTube.

Workshop Topics:
    Strategies on creating accordion arrangements from various audio sources.

    Learn techniques to arrange your favorite musical tunes for the accordion from CDs, YouTube, or radio.

    Share your favorites with friends and club members.

Attention Teachers:
    Tom's workshop will teach you how to keep your students engaged by arranging current popular tunes for them to learn. You’ll find that learning music dictation will improve musician's sight-reading skills.
    Bring a pencil for active participation.


2:30 - 3:20 pm.
Business Models for Accordionists:
Michael Bridge, Instructor (Canada)

Working with professional musicians on other instruments, conductors, composers and arts organizations cements the reputation of the accordion as a viable concert instrument across many genres of music.

Michael will discuss how he promotes and sells the accordion's image, what he has learned while touring over 100 concerts a year, working with composers to give over 40 world premieres of new pieces, and interacting with musicians, composers, conductors, universities, touring networks, presenters, agents, and publicists. (All levels welcome!)

3:30 - 4:20 pm.
George Secor
Free Bass training and alternate systems.

Roland Suite - Second Floor
Saturday , March 10, 2017
Open all day - Host Ian Fries

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
    Fries Good Morning Digital Sounds.
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
    Bill Palmer - "Unlock the Secret Sounds in Your FR-8x" - Find sounds and edit them. The built-in editor makes it easy!
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
    Markus Baggio - Roland Playing with a BK-7m backing module.
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
    Lenny Feldmann - Less is More - Gigging with a Roland FR-3x
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
    Steve Albini - Roland Accordions - Model Comparisons.
3:30 - 4:20 p.m.
    Fries A Roland Accordion On Your Lap
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Roland Suite Social Hour
    - Open for discussion, accordion playing, and snacks.

Less is More - Gigging with a FR-3x
Lenny Feldmann
Lenny will demonstrate his FR-3X set-up, and how he uses the Roland for different performances and variety of audiences. He will discuss Default Sets, User Sets, User Programs, Orchestra Voices, Organ Voices, Percussion, and what he calls "Accordion Karaoke" (using the USB back tracks). He will demonstrate wireless amplification, and an Android Tablet loaded with almost 1000 accordion arrangements.
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Saturday Evening Concert Information

Main Ballroom (Salon D)
Longhorn Ballroom III-IV
Other Areas
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Round-table and Miscellaneous Discussion Topics

Round-table Discussions
What’s your accordion connection? In search of exploring the incredible accordion instrument, Austinite and native Texan Lori Najvar will conduct short interviews throughout the conference. Your story may play a part in a future documentary project. Simple questions planned: What got you started playing and how many years have you played? What is your favorite ethnic music to play? How many accordions do you own? Can you play a beginning of your favorite song? Lori Najvar 512.799.6842 WWW.POLKAWORKS.ORG LIKE us @ PolkaWorks Accordion Teachers -
    Moving Forward to 2018 and beyond!

Shelia Lee will be leading a Round-table discussion concerning current and wannabe teachers.

Discussion Topics (with examples) will include:
    Traditional and new materials
    Sheet music sources
    Successful motivation techniques
    Showcasing successful students
    Solo and group dynamic
    Training (web and studio
    Partnering with other teachers

Expected outcome of the discussion:
This discussion will be addressing the proposal for the National Accordion Association to sponsor an ongoing network of dedicated teachers who want to network together for improving teaching techniques and to share these concepts with the accordion world on a monthly basis.

Logic behind the round-table discussion:
Ongoing "year around teaching opportunities" are the lifeblood of any vibrant organization. Our accordion world is a single vibrant organization that is composed of dozens of associations, clubs, studios, teachers, and students. A good association is much more than an annual convention.

Friday/Saturday Workshops/Presentations

Note: This is still a partial list, Dr. Seaton has not had time to send all of the contracts!

Here's Hank - Open Forum Discussion: - Professionalism and the accordionist regardless of the situation. Hank will also be discussing his unusual or comical gigs.
Hank Thunander's web site

Chuck Henry Chuck Henry will be teaching the use of the Roland FR-8x as a professional musician. He will present FR-8x techniques and performance tips and provide technical assistance and consulting for existing FR-8x owners. He will be working together with Dr. Ian Blair Fries in the Roland-sponsored Digital Accordion Center.

From Arkansas

Charlie Crittenden and Max Frauenthal

Converting free jobs to paying engagements: All it takes is common sense.

Absolute Beginner Training
Max and Charlie are famous for late evening jam sessions. These two are dedicated to using hands-on training for the absolute beginner. If you have troubles with fingering on either the treble or bass side of the accordion, Charlie and Max will see to it that you will know how to fix the problem before the evening is over.

Convention workshops requested by members:
    Musical techniques
    Group training
    Performance tips
    Variety of styles
    Musicality and the accordion
    Discussions
      Round Table
      Panels
      Demonstrations

Other Areas:

More Workshop Information


Inner Secrets of the
Palmer-Hughes Accordion Course

Willard A. Palmer, III, Instructor
For Willard A. “Bill” Palmer, 2017 is a very significant year. It is the centennial of his birth. It is also a good time to clear up several misconceptions and misinterpretations of the material he and Bill Hughes authored and edited for the accordion. This presentation will cover how the course was developed, why it was published and its impact upon accordion teaching world-wide. It will also cover the experiences he had when he was teaching the accordion at the University of Houston.

I was one of the people he used as test subjects for his material. For five years, our home was a music studio by day and our house at night. Even after we moved from the house where the studio was located, I was in close contact with his students, as well as many of the luminaries of the accordion. There will be discussion of the directions accordion pedagogy is heading, and the implications of how instructional material may be presented in the future. This 50-minute presentation will include a question/answer session.

Pedagogy (Accordion & Piano)
Willard A. Palmer, III, Instructor
Willard Palmer’s contributions to piano pedagogy How you can apply this material in the most productive way This presentation starts with the discovery that led to his writing the Alfred Masterwork Editions, why they are significant, and their impact on the world of keyboard publications. It goes from there to the piano courses, themselves. The material covered will include his partnership with Amanda Vick Lethco and Morton Manus, the development of the Creating Music series, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library and his material for adult piano students. I was active in participating in gathering and writing material for some of these publications, but I also draw some reference material from Dr. Kathryn Schubert’s doctoral dissertation Willard A. Palmer’s Contributions to Piano Pedagogy. This program will last approximately 45 minutes so that I can answer questions from the audience. Without “stretching” the material, I can lengthen the presentation somewhat, but I would prefer to keep it concise. Willard A. Palmer, III

Petosa Accordion Company
The 95th year of Petosa Tradition continues with the introduction of Joey Petosa and the newest member of the Petosa team, Mr. Ray Harris. Petosa Accordion produces both the Petosa and Giulietti Accordions. Details to follow.

Ballarini Accordion
Nick Ballarini and his company will be active in the 30th convention both as an independent operator and a representative for Petosa Accordion Company. Nick Ballarini II. will be running a repair service area during the convention.

2017 Manufacturer Salute
Ballarini and Petosa Accordion Companies
Ballarini and Petosa Accordion Company have supported all of the 30 accordion conventions as our group morphed from the original "party day," to the Texas Convention, and now the National accordion convention. Attempts will be made to recall the names of the individuals accordion artists sponsored by the Petosa Accordion Company and subsidiaries.
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Roland Suite Information (Mezzanine Bluebonnet Room)


Hosts: Ian Blair Fries and Chuck Henry
Invited Guests: Michael Bridge, Bill Palmer, Markus Baggio, Lenny Feldmann

The Suite will be open daily between 9:30 and 5:30 P.M. for scheduled talks, informal discussions, and accordion playing. We will have a social hour and snacks each day from 4:30 to 5:30.

All are welcome from experienced Roland Accordionists, to those who would like to experience a digital accordion up close for the first time.

Note: Chuck Henry and Michael Bridge will be available for private instruction and purchase of their proprietary Roland sets and User Programs.
The Roland Suite will be open all day all three days, except Friday during the following sessions:
For those of you who have never held a Roland Digital Accordion, be sure to attend on of the “Roland Accordion on Your Lap” sessions.

Thursday, March 9 - Open all day
Host: Chuck Henry

9:30 - 10:20 a.m.
10:30 - 11:50 a.m.
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
3:30 - 4:20 p.m.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, March 9, 2017
Hosts Ian Fries and Chuck Henry

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
3:30 - 4:20 p.m.
4:30 - 5:20 p.m.
Roland Suite - Second Floor
Saturday , March 10, 2017
Open all day - Host Ian Fries

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
2:30 - 3:20 p.m.
3:30 - 4:20 p.m.
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Less is More - Gigging with a FR-3x
Lenny Feldmann
Lenny will demonstrate his FR-3X set-up, and how he uses the Roland for different performances and variety of audiences. He will discuss Default Sets, User Sets, User Programs, Orchestra Voices, Organ Voices, Percussion, and what he calls "Accordion Karaoke" (using the USB back tracks). He will demonstrate wireless amplification, and an Android Tablet loaded with almost 1000 accordion arrangements.
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Spare Formatted Information

Main Ballroom (Salon D)
Longhorn Ballroom III-IV
Other Areas