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Thursday Schedule

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Morning Workshops


   Room A Room B Room D
9:00 – 9:50

Gordon Kohl

Longevity in the Accordion Business

Discussed with be marketing the accordion, performing, teaching and how to adapt to stay in the accordion business to carry on the torch to a future generation.

Paul Betkin and Jerry Cigler

Jazz Accordion Tips 2

More examples of using and interpreting lead sheets.

Grayson Masefield

Perfecting Your Technique

Perfecting passages and various styles - Grayson will demonstrate and answer your questions.

10:00 – 10:50

Gina Brannelli

Appearing in Public

Taking the Stage - dress, presentation and music.

Liz Finch

History of Music Notation

A discussion of how throughout the ages sound has been captured and put on paper.

Joey Miskulin

Ear Training

Often wonder how musicians do what they do - learn to listen with Joey!

11:00 – 11:50

John Kolbrich

Playing in a Band vs. Solo

John will discuss his approach of being a musician first, and accordionist/keyboardist/bassist/vocalist second. Being less busy and more musical is my approach to making the band sound better, leaving space for everything and everyone to come together. John's approach to playing the Concerto blends midi Bass, Keyboards, and Accordion into a very powerful package of sound, the cornerstone to the band.

Liz Finch

Interpreting Music Notation

How to interpret as a performer traditional and non-traditional elements of notation.

Mary Tokarski

Traveling with Mantovani AND the accordion

The joys of performing with the “World’s Most Elegant Orchestra”, and traveling with an accordion . . . the great stuff . . . AND . . . some of the horror stories. Learn what works (and what doesn’t) when traveling with your accordion.

12:00 – Lunch

  • Beverages – Fresh Coffee, Ice Tea & Water
  • Breads – Bakery Fresh Dinner Rolls & Butter
  • Main Entrée - Chef's Salad with Mixed Greens and Deli Meats & Cheeses
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Chef’s Salad with no meats, extra cheese
  • Dessert – Red Velvet Cake

Today's Lunch concert features Pete Barbutti!

Afternoon Workshops

   Room A Room B Room D
2:00 – 2:50



Joey Miskulin

Master Class

Mary Tokarski

Master Class


3:00 – 3:50

John Kolbrich

Selecting the right accordion (Concerto) for you!

John is playing his second generation Concerto accordion and will review what he has learned about selecting the right model for you. He will review key "go to" sounds that work well in most commercial sound settings. John will review his settings with examples, how he uses a "Leslie" Pedal for producing natural rotary speaker sounds, and his approach for getting the best Bass sound.

Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

Meet in Ballroom!

4:00 – 4:50



Joan Sommers

Accordion Orchestra Rehearsal

Meet in Ballroom!


  • Beverages – Fresh Coffee, Ice Tea & Water
  • Breads – Bakery Fresh Dinner Rolls & Butter
  • Salad – Mixed Green Salad with assorted dressings
  • Main Entrée – Roast Prime Rib of Beef with au jus & horseradish cream sauce
  • Vegetarian Entrée – Vegetables Wellington
  • Potato – Baked Potato with sour cream & whipped butter
  • Vegetables – Green Beans Provencal
  • Dessert – White Chocolate Cheese Cake with Raspberry Sauce

Doors open at 6:30 PM


Dinner begins at 7:00 PM


Tonight's concert features Grayson Masefield, and the Las Vegas International Accordion Orchestra conducted by Joan Cochran Sommers, and will begin at approximately 8:00 PM.


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