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July 29, 2007


Meeting Notes

Ken Kunec’s workshop “Accordions Gone Wild! Getting Creative With Your Music” was a great way to spend part of a sunny July afternoon. In Ken’s words: “Most of us became accordion players by strict adherence to a framework of music that we were taught. We learned to play somebody else’s arrangement of music, usually with wondrous precision and we graduated through increasingly more difficult compositions. Some of us learned to improvise somewhat around the framework and that represents our ‘creativity.’ While that is commendable and often very entertaining, this workshop challenges you to get away from those frameworks and become your own arranger. Be a rebel!”

Anyone who has seen Ken play knows that he knows what he’s talking about! And to those of you who missed this entertaining and educational workshop: do not despair! Ken has prepared a series of short videos, along with some written materials, and these will be posted to the WMAS Web site as soon as the Webmaster learns how to handle videos. Stay tuned!

Massed Band

After the workshop Karen distributed a packet of beginning- and intermediate-level music for a WMAS Massed Band. If you want to take part in the band, please come to the meetings; we will not be able to send you the music via mail, e-mail or fax. Currently the band is just for fun, but in a couple of months we will be practicing for the December 16 holiday concert, and later for other concerts.

Next Meeting/Coupe Mondiale

Remember, WMAS will not be meeting in August. Instead, everyone is encouraged to attend the Coupe Mondiale in Alexandria August 13-19. See the calendar for more information. You can still register! And don’t worry if you’ve sent in your money and heard nothing back. They will not be mailing you anything but instead will hold your tickets at the door. Seating at the banquet and luncheon will be open – no table plans.

September 16 WMAS will be hosting the world-renowned Mary Tokarski. Mary is a wonderful musician and teacher, so mark your calendars now and be sure not to miss this meeting!


Accordion Wanted

A friend of Mara’s, in North Carolina, is looking for “a cheap used accordion, preferably one with a 1/4" jack/mic.” Does anyone have anything like this they’re trying to find a home for? If so, please respond to this email.

Accordion Concerts at the Kennedy Center

During the Coupe, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will host a series of accordion concerts Tuesday through Friday. Here’s the lineup:

Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Jerosh Accordion Orchestra
Akkordeonorchester Hof
Part of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale: World Accordion Championships.
Germany’s Akkordeonorchester Hof, conducted by Guenther Zeilinger, and Canada’s Jerosh Accordion Orchestra, conducted by Maureen Jerosh, perform.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Martin Music Center Accordion Orchestra
The University of Missouri-Kansas City Accordion Community Orchestra
Part of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale: World Accordion Championships.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City Accordion Community Orchestra, conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers, and California’s Martin Music Center Accordion Orchestra, conducted by Randall Martin, perform.

Thursday, August 16, 2007
Rosita Lee Accordion Orchestra and Dancers
New Zealand Accordion Orchestra
Part of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale: World Accordion Championships.
New Hampshire’s Rosita Lee Accordion Orchestra and Dancers, conducted by Rosita Lee Latulippe, and New Zealand Accordion Orchestra, conducted by Lionel Reekie, perform.

Friday, August 17, 2007
Beijing Children's Palace Accordion Orchestra
Part of the 2007 Coupe Mondiale: World Accordion Championships.
Denmark’s Accordeonova, conducted by Peter Anders, and China’s Beijing Children's Palace Accordion Orchestra perform.

Michael B. Rubin Recognized

(July 21, 2007) I am happy and proud to say that the Mayor and City Council of Rockville chose me last week to receive Rockville's Good Neighbor Award this year for my community service. This includes work I did and continue to do around Woodmont Spring Condominium (WSC) where I live, as Chairman of the Landscape Committee, assistance I have given to many neighbors at WSC, and efforts I have made to keep the neighborhood safe and clean.

The Mayor of Rockville will be presenting me with this award at a reception on Wed. evening Aug. 1, 2007 at the Glenview Mansion in the Rockville Civic Center.

It's nice to be recognized for doing good work .

-- Mike

Who Woulda Thunk It?

A new WMAS list member reports seeing the following in a July 23 obituary of Tammy Faye Bakker Messner in the New York Times:

"She and Mr. Bakker, an Assemblies of God minister, worked as traveling
evangelists in the early years of their marriage. He preached; she sang
and played the accordion."

Another Option for Selling Instruments

A list member who had no luck selling her two accordions via our Web site classified advertising, said she took the accordions over to Atomic Music in Beltsville, MD; “and although they apparently don't regularly deal in accordions (they had all kinds of musical equipment - guitars, keyboards, etc., etc.) they said that they would advertise them on e-bay for me, and actually did it twice. The first time we were overpriced, so they lowered the price. I know I didn't get what they probably were worth, but I feel that under the circumstances, it was good to be done with this. The more expensive accordion had about 22 bids and sold for just under $250 (and actually this one hadn't cost us anything as my son had found it next to the dumpster in his townhouse complex!) and the smaller one that [my late husband] had as a child sold for $99.

They charged me 20% for the listing on e-bay, which I thought was

The person I dealt with was Cole and his e-mail address is
atomicmusiconline@yahoo.com and the web address for Atomic Music was