Welcome to the ATG Webpage!
As President of this seventy-seven year old exciting ACCORDION Organization, I welcome you and hope you will become a member and support the fabulous instrument that we all love, the ACCORDION.
ATG members are from all over the world. The ATG Bulletin is available to members four times a year with news, music, articles and interesting information all relating to the ACCORDION.
ATG presents a wonderful Annual ACCORDION Festival in July each year featuring World Class Accordionists as Guest Artists. This year’s ATG - 77th Annual Festival will be held July 19 – 23, at the Hyatt Regency -Lisle Hotel (near Chicago).
Guest ACCORDIONISTS will be the magnificent “Quartetto Gelato” from Toronto, Canada, featuring World Champion ACCORDIONIST Alexander Sevastian.
Check out their website: www.quartettogelato.ca. Another exciting group will be the “Alex Meixner Band” from Florida. See and hear their terrific showmanship on their website: www.alexmeixner.com Fabulous Jazz ACCORDIONIST, Paul Betken, will take the stage with two Chicago based excellent sidemen, drummer, Phil Gratteau, and Bassist Jim Cox. Paul resides in Arizona and has performed at many ACCORDION and Jazz Festivals.
The ATG Festival ACCORDION Orchestra is a real highlight of the Festival, directed by Joan Cochran Sommers. ACCORDIONISTS attending the festival sign up to rehearse/perform with the orchestra. When you register for the orchestra, you state the level of music you are able to play. Orchestra music is then sent to you several months ahead for you to learn and prepare to play with the fifty piece ensemble. Classical, Pops, Jazz, plus all kinds of ethnic music are chosen by Maestro Sommers for the orchestra to perform. It is always a very excellent performance that will enhance your ACCORDION studies and experience.
Workshops, Concerts, New Music for ACCORDION Concert, Luncheons, Banquet,
ACCORDION Vendors, Meet & Greet Party, CDs & Music for sale and new friendships! We all love to play the ACCORDION! Please attend the Festival. You are guaranteed a “Squeezin’ Good Time”.
We are a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. We welcome your donations to the various categories to promote and support the ACCORDION funds: Youth Scholarship Fund, New Music Fund, ATG General Fund and more. We are here to
help promote the ACCORDION, to raise its standards, and to gain the popularity that it deserves in the world of Music.!
Amy Jo Sawyer