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  • NORTHWEST ACCORDIONNEWS

    Party Time Tried and True Practice Tips Alpenfest Ends on a High Note News from Murl Allen Sanders, Gary Blair Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration 2015!

    VOL. 24 NO. 4Northwest Accordion Society Winter Quarter 2014

  • Northwest Accordion News

    winter Quarter 2014 1

    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) 484-5064 [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 BoardRick Hatley, ..................................................................... (253) 288-0442Dick 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

    6453 SE Nathan Ct., Hillsboro, OR 97123or e-mail [email protected]

  • Northwest Accordion News

    winter Quarter 20142

    Letter from the Editors

    Seasons Greetings!It is mid-November and we have had our fi rst

    snow/ice storm! Now it is bitterly cold outside. Are you keeping warm by playing your accordion?

    Lots of events have taken place this fall and this issue is PACKED with pictures and articles.

    In the past eight years, our costs have crept up-ward and it is now time to increase the cost of mem-bership and advertising rates. These will be effective March 1, 2015!

    We had a glitch with the printing of mailing labels with the last mailing. Your due date was not included. Please check your label for your due date.

    If you have chosen to receive the link to the PDF version, you will notice a lot of COLOR! If you have email, you are welcome to request the PDF version instead of or in addition to the hard copy.

    Judith Ames([email protected])

    Quarterly UpdateTable of Contents2 Letter from the Editors2 Quarterly Update3 Letters to the Editor3 Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration5 Party Time7 Alpenfest Ends on a High Note8 Remembering Esther Pennacchi Birch8 Thinking Ahead10 Divisions and Requirements for Competition12 Music Styles for Leavenworth 201514 Ask a Teacher14 Remembering Anna R. Monteverdi14 Welcome New Members15 Jamie Maschler in Concert with En Canto15 News from Murl Allen Sanders16 Sequim Accordion Social September 201418 Keeping Up with Gary Blair19 Spokane Accordion Ensemble Updates20 Roland Accordion Update20 Seattle Accordion Social24 Tacoma Accordion Social 24 By the Way27 Repair and Diagnose Your Own Accordion27 Tried and True Practice Tips28 Accordions in the Grove Autumn 201432 Accordion Events Calendar

    Dear Members,

    Our summer was a very long one here in the Pacifi c Northwest. I hate to complain but the Polar Vortex is on its way this week Im hopeful that Judith and I can get the paste up done as planned. A wintery mix is expected and driving conditions will be less than ideal.

    With this issue, we begin our focus on next years events. The Day of the Accordion will be the fi rst coming in February. The Rose City Accordion Club has a stellar roster for camp in June. Conductors Murl Sanders and Stas Venglevski will be joined by Bev Fess and Mary Tokarski as instructors. Space is still available; check out the ad in this issue. The Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration follows. Bonnie Birch, LIAC chairman, is putting the fi nishing touches on the lineup. This year the convention in Las Vegas has moved to follow immediately after LIAC. Finally, the Victoria Festival will be in mid July. Its time to mark your calendars, make your plans, and save your money. Take in as much as you can.

    After a long look at our procedures and expenses, I am so sorry to relate that it will be necessary to increase the cost of NWAS membership in 2015 from $20 to $25 for a regular membership. Postage, paper goods, and printing expenses increased dramatically in the past year. We will make reductions where we can. In order for us to be good stewards of the project, increased income is essential. I hope that this increase will not have a negative impact on your family budget. We dont want to lose any members. The adjustment will begin for the spring issue 2015.

    We are thankful for the advertisers in this issue. Support them when you can. They have goods and services that accordion players need! Our faithful, long time advertisers have supported the Northwest Accordion News for many years. We are very grateful. We thank our regular contributors and especially thank Ron Ostromecki, Marjorie Rombauer, Eloise Adaire, Cooksie Kramer, Colleen Halverson, and Judith Ames.

    We are entering the holiday season. I wish you all good health and lots of accordion music. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Through our music, lets continue to do our part to bring peace on earth and goodwill toward all men.Doris [email protected]

  • Northwest Accordion News

    winter Quarter 2014 3

    Letters to the Editor

    Dear NWAS Staff,This year at the Washington State Fair, there were

    some older NWAS News copies displayed... and what a change has occurred through the years! The publication is such a professional and attractive looking presenta-tion, I have no idea what you could do to improve on it. However, Im certain you talented, dedicated, and appreciated people will fi nd something.Thanks for all you do.Randal Tron, Sumner, WA

    Dear NWAS,Is this the correct amount - $20? or more?

    Jonathan Dyk, Tillamook, OREditor: Starting in March the cost for membership increas-es to $25.

    Dear NWAS,Sorry Im late in getting this renewal to you. Love

    what you are doing.Henry Peden, Spokane Valley, WA

    Dear NWAS,Thanks for the post card. Time slips away on me.

    The Forest Grove Social was so nice. Thanks for all your efforts.Patty & Dick Carlson, Tillamook, OR

    Dear NWAS,I appreciate the reminder.

    Virginia Higer, Caldwell, IDEditor: We try to send reminders via email and postcards. With working full time, I do my best to get the reminders out. You can help by checking your mailing label.

    Dear NWAS,Thanks for all you do. I would appreciate receiving

    the PDF version in addition to the hard copy.Cheryl McGinley, Tonasket, WAEditor: You may certainly request just the hard copy, just the PDF version or BOTH versions (the PDF has COLOR!)

    Dear NWAS,I just received my Fall copy of the NWAS. As always

    I was delighted to see and read it.There was one thing I was wondering about. I

    renewed my members but I didnt see my new day of expiration on the address label. Could you enlighten me on this matter?Marge White, Yacolt, WAEditor: The mailing

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