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  • NORTHWEST ACCORDIONNEWS

    Meisner Magic AAA Accordion Competition Introducing Emmanuel Gasser Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration 2015Pictures! Leavenworth Celebration, Rick Hatley, Seattle & more

    VOL. 25 NO. 3Northwest Accordion Society Fall Quarter 2015

  • Northwest Accordion News

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    Is your membership renewal due? Check your mailing label. A membership application/renewal form is included on the last page. Send your renewals or change of address to:

    Northwest Accordion Society 5102 NE 121st Ave. #12Vancouver, WA 98682

    NORTHWEST ACCORDION SOCIETY

    The Northwest Accordion News is a quarterly newsletter published by the Northwest Accordion Society for and by its members. The purpose of the NWAS News is to unite the membership by providing news of its members, and articles that instruct, encourage, and promote the playing of the accordion.

    NWAS PUBLICATION PRIORITIES Advertising Original Compositions News from Our Members Instructive/Technical Articles Summaries from Regional Socials and Events Coming Events

    Articles will be printed if received prior to the publishing deadline. Should space be an issue, articles will be printed in the order in which they are submitted. All decisions regarding publication will be made by the editors of the NWAS News.

    To submit articles for publication, mail them to the Vancouver, WA address listed. It is preferred that articles be submitted via e-mail as attached WORD documents or on a disc. Typed, paper copy needs to be dark and clear to allow scanning and to minimize errors.

    Photographs sent for publication will be returned if they are accompanied with a SASE of correct size and adequate postage. Photographs may be sent electronically or on disc.

    To reprint articles or photographs from magazines and newspapers, written permission from the publisher is required. Please submit the necessary permission to print with material sent.

    Views in the articles and information printed are those of the contributors and not necessarily those of the Northwest Accordion Society or its advertisers.

    Inquiries, questions, suggestions, etc.Contact Doris Osgood, 3224 B St.,

    Forest Grove, OR 97116. (503) 357-0417. E-mail: [email protected]

    NWAS News DeadlinesFebruary 1, May 1, August 1, November 1

    Northwest Accordion News StaffDoris Osgood................................... (503) 357-0417 [email protected] Ames .................................... (360) 904-1524 [email protected] Halverson (Advertising) ..... (503) 649-0724 [email protected]

    NW Accordion Society Offi cers Bonnie Birch, President/Treasurer ................................. (206) 622-4786Doris Osgood, Vice President/Communications ............. (503) 357-0417Judith Ames, Secretary/Technology ............................... (360) 254-5245

    Advisory BoardJohn Giuliani, Jr .............................................................. (425) 271-2239Dick Myking .................................................................... (253) 537-0136Birgit Ages ...................................................................... (206) 368-9720Cooksie (Kaserzon) Kramer ........................................... (425) 828-9104

    Membership:Doris Osgood.................................................................. (503) 357-0417 [email protected] Ames ................................................................... (360) 904-1524 [email protected]

    Mail letters & articles to:Northwest Accordion Society

    5102 NE 121st Ave. #12, Vancouver, WA 98682

    Or e-mail to: [email protected]

    ADVERTISINGFull page $120.00Half page $65.00Quarter $35.00Business card $15.00

    Prices are PER ISSUE. US Funds

    Photo-ready Advertising (with accompanying check) for this publication may be sent to:Northwest Accordion Society

    PO Box 687, LaPine, OR 97739or e-mail [email protected]

  • Northwest Accordion News

    FaLL Quarter 20152

    Letter from the Editors

    Greetings!We have had quite a HOT summer! In the Port-

    land/Vancouver area weve beaten the record for the most days above 90 degrees. (The average year has 13 and we are now close to 30!) We are praying for RAIN! (As we put this together, we got our fi rst rain in over a month!)

    As many of you know, I work full-time and do this as a labor of love. I edit the NWAS news and keep track of the 400+ members. I truly appreciate those who renew their memberships without reminders - it saves me a lot of time. Check the label for your Dues Due date. You can renew in advance, for more than one year if you like, select hard copy, PDF or both.

    Judith Ames ([email protected])

    Quarterly UpdateTable of Contents2 Letter from the Editors2 Quarterly Update3 Letters to the Editor4 Meisner Magic9 Air Force Accordion10 Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration10 Competition Results12 LIAC 2015 Sponsors 13 AAA Accordion Competition14 Accordion Celebration 201517 Keeping Up With Gary Blair18 By the Way 20 Introducing Emmanuel Gasser20 Festival Accordion Ensemble21 Seattle Accordion Social23 Meet Up In Richland24 Remembering Rick Hatley28 LaVerne P. Morris28 Remembering Louise M. Sessler29 Tacoma Accordion Socials 30 SGM Manny Bobenrieth at the 2015 AAA Festival30 Joe Smiells Button Box Camp31 Chromatic Scale Fingering32 Chester Pietka Scholarship Recipient32 Tony Lavelli Accordion Classic34 Bass Exercises in Thirds35 Accordion Events Calendar38 Entertainers in the Northwest39 Welcome New Members

    Dear Members,As I write today, there are many friends in

    the path of wild fi re in the Pacifi c Northwest. The temperatures here have been brutally hot and wind is complicating the fi re fi ght. We pray for improving conditions.

    The summer was eventful here in the northwest. Thankfully, wild fi re hadnt begun when we were all in Leavenworth. The Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration was great fun and a success to boot. The professional entertainment was the best. Amateur players from the region and from Canada rounded out the accordion entertainment. Ive worked the gazebo for years and can say that everyone that performed was prepared and played better than ever. We are all thankful for Bonnie Birchs leadership and oversight of the accordion celebration project; we are fortunate to have her expertise. The dates are set for LIAC 2016. Be sure to mark your calendar: June 16 19, 2016.

    The date for the Day of the Accordion for the Seattle area club is set also. February 27, 2016 will be a day of accordion entertainment at the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. Last year the mall provided great publicity and support for the event and we expect the same in 2016.

    August, 21 the Inland Empire hosted a special concert honoring Ilmar Kuljus. Master teacher, Ilmar Kuljus conducted the ensemble. Ilmar still teaches via Skype as well as in person at his home in Arizona and Coeur DAlene.

    Ron Ostromecki is our faithful music engraver in Erie, PA. He is in constant pursuit of music on our behalf. Im so grateful for his perseverance and his engraving expertise. His contact with Steve Meisner brought about the permission to print the polka in this issue. Rons located a composer in West Virginia who will be sharing some of his original compositions with us in coming issues.

    I cant let an issue go by without thanking our faithful advertisers. Petosa Accordions, Michael Arralde/Diamond Accordions, and Castiglione provide the backbone to our advertising. There are other advertisers listed. Remember, shop at home and save. Support the goods and services

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    Letters to the Editor

    Judith & Doris,WOW! I was blown away by our Summer Issue of NWAS News. I dont know if you have ever had such a jam packed issue before with so many articles and pictures. Thank you for your efforts.Frank Bruckner, Sequim, WA

    Dear NWAS,After several years away from attending Leavenworth In-ternational Accordion Festival, I so much enjoyed 2015. Keep up the Good Work!My friend, Michael Zampecenir, was ill and couldnt at-tend. Maybe next year he can be part of the festival. He is an accomplished accordion performer.Looking forward to receiving the NWAS.Thank you, Rachel Junkert, Fair Oaks, CA

    Dear NWAS Staff,Thanks always for keeping accordionists throughout the Northwest and beyond connected with your excellent and far-reaching, Northwest Accordion News publica-tion.Best Wishes,Linda Gunn, Springfi eld, OR

    Dear NWAS staff,Congratulations on all the great work you do! Heres a great article you may want to publish on Tony Lavelli. Im sure all his records are mostly gone and forgotten. I have some of his recordings and he was fabulous!Jim Tobler. Lynnwood, WA(Editors note: you will fi nd the article on page 32!)

    Dear NWAS,Thanks for all your hard/Great Work!!Al Aman, Missoula, MT

    Dear NWAS,Thank you ever-so-much for the postcard reminder. Enclosed is a copy of an interesting article from Mackin-leyville, CA Senior news that I received from a friend.Marge White, Yacolt, WA(Editors note: We appreciate seeing accordion articles like this from all over the US. We cannot reprint them without written permission. The article was about the Humboldt Accordionaires. Wed like to hear more about them! They play and visit assisted living centers, schools and other places.)

    advertised in the NWAS News when you can. Please remember, if you believe that you

    should have received an issue of the NWAS News but didnt, please contact me. If your name is on the mailing disc, we assume that you received your copy. The publication comes out as the seasons change:

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