from the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes (CIA)
It is with great regret that Anna & I cannot be with you on
this special occasion. I am delighted the American Accordionists'
Association (AAA) has hosted this "Lifetime Achievement Award
Dinner" in your honor. It has been almost 40 years that you
have supported the CIA, attending congresses as a delegate from
the USA all over the world, and on behalf of the CIA we thank
you and congratulate for all your dedication and all you have
done for our instrument - the accordion!
you a wonderful afternoon and would like everyone to join us
in congratulating you on this award which is truly deserved.
Ray Bodell, CIA President
from Aldo and Ida DeRossi and good friend Dr. Roger Allen
For as many years as we can remember (and among us we remember
quite a few) you have served the accordion community with competence,
grace, ingenuity, and unselfishness. Now the accordion community
recognizes the attributes that have made you a leader among leaders
in the industry. Although we cannot be with you in person today,
we want you to know that we are with you in spirit, that our hearts
are grateful for your friendship and that our thoughts of you
will always be framed by glowing esteem.
Congratulations, Dear Lady, on a life lived through kindness and
on having achieved business and professional service careers marked
by well-deserved successes.
and Ida DeRossi and good friend Dr. Roger Allen
from the Mangelly Family
Accolades to Faithe:
Just a slip of a girl when we met over accordions. Her husband
Ernest Deffner was selling everything from Accordions to Xylophones
in New York's late 1930's. Some years later Captain Mangelly and
I, stationed in Munich, Germany, enjoyed luncheons with her mother-in-law,
Mrs. Deffner Sr. We even took 16 mm movies of the Crucianelli
factory in Castelfidardo, Italy while we were in Europe. Pietro
Deiro Sr. was calling me the Ambassadress of the Accordion.
in Augusta, GA sine 1953 and established an accordion school
featuring a week-long live-in summer camp every summer for teachers
and students. The school and camp's outgrowth took the ACCORDIONAIRES
to Europe and Asia on concert tours of the city capitals. We
showed off the Deffner's Videos, Crucianellis, Panjets, Pancordions
and one Tiger.
that our two children are carrying on the magnificent accordion
traditions just as Faithe has carried her business banner high.
We four wish you many happy memories.
Chris and Christine Mangelly
from the Accordion Pops Orchestra
The AAA has had "faithe" in your leadership and support
over many years.
you for all your support of the Accordion Pops Orchestra through
the many wonderful concerts, sharing the marvelous talents of
can't be there for this special day, but our "faithe"
will always be with you! There are many beautiful memories of
our accordion family that we shall always cherish!
yours, Dan Desiderio - Director
Rosemarie Cavanaugh - Public Relations
and the Accordion Pops Orchestra
from Rose-Marie Coppola
Regrets, I will not be able to attend.
Rose-Marie - Maryland
from Walter Maurer
Congratulations with my best and warm wishes!
You have done the utmost work for the accordion nationally and
internationally for many many years. This award should be a big
THANK YOU for you.
With best wishes, from my wife also.
Walter Maurer - Vienna, Austria
from Larry Pino
What an appropriate tribute to a most deserving individual.
Fondly, Larry Pino - Utah
Deffners achievements for the accordion are well recognized
internationally and in her home country, the USA, however the
New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) wishes to recognize her
lifetime of services to the development of the accordion in New
Zealand, and the warm international friendship she has extended
to New Zealand accordionists over the years. Faithe Deffners
support and encouragement has been instrumental in setting the
foundations for the accordion network we have in New Zealand today.
Her inspiration has been mainly directed at two key NZ accordion
figures Kevin Friedrich (CIA President & NZAA Life
Member) and Harley Jones (NZAA Vice President & CIA Public
Relations Manager) however the benefits of her guidance
and support has spread throughout the network of New Zealand accordionists.
Over the years, Faithe Deffner has been very helpful to the many
New Zealand accordion soloists and orchestras traveling to the
USA and other parts of the world in helping them arrange concerts,
tuition, competitions, and generally providing useful concert
touring information and contacts. Faithes organization has
been instrumental to the musical career of Harley Jones, who gained
from organized concert tours and tuition in the USA for Titano
Accordions International in the early 1970s. Harley was
able to pass this knowledge back to his New Zealand accordion
students upon his return home, leading to the beginnings of New
Zealand accordion contestants on the international competition
scene. During the late 1970s into the 1980s, Kiwis
started competing in the Coupe Mondiale and other international
competitions, performing with distinction (several 5th and 7th
Coupe Mondiale placings achieved), and winning a considerable
number of regional accordion competitions such as ASA (Australia),
AFNA (California), AAA (USA) and ATG (USA). These early successes
helped set a foundation for the excellent standards achieved by
New Zealand contestants today.
For New Zealand accordion orchestras, Faithes inspiration
and organization helped lead to the formation of the Air New Zealand
Accordion Orchestra, conducted by Fay Schaw and directed by Harley
Jones. Benefiting from his experience with world-class accordion
orchestras in the USA, Harley and Fay coordinated and organized
the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra which made biannually,
international Goodwill Concert Tours in the 1980s and 1990s,
enjoying many standing ovations at most concerts and forming lifelong
international affiliations. Faithe was also a part of the historical
Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra tour to China in 1988. This
was the first accordion orchestra ever invited to visit China,
a country with enormous numbers of accordionists, and was of great
interest to accordionists all over the world. This tour formed
the basis of the close relationship between New Zealand and Chinese
accordion communities that has continued over the years.
Faithes guidance and mentorship also trained Harley to set
up the Music Education Centre and assisted with the starting of
Accordions Worldwide. The Music Education Centre was started specifically
for accordion tuition, and has today become New Zealands
largest private music teaching studio, offering tuition for a
range of instruments. Faithes foresight of the potential
future of the Internet prompted Harley to set up Accordions Worldwide
in 1996, which has today become the largest group of Internet
websites dedicated specifically to the accordion, and an important
international communications and networking medium.
The NZAA also wishes to recognize Faithe Deffners support
of the NZAA on an international level, in relation to the Confédération
Internationale Des Accordéonistes (CIA IMC-UNESCO).
Faithe has had a consistent presence within the CIA, as one of
its longest serving delegates and through her Presidency of the
American Accordionists Association (AAA). Her influence
aided New Zealand in 1980 when the NZAA first hosted the Coupe
Mondiale. She also supported Kevin Friedrich to become CIA President
in 2001. Her most recent efforts for the CIA include coordinating
the 2007 60th Anniversary Coupe Mondiale in Washington DC, USA.
The inspiration and support of Faithe Deffner has therefore had
a profoundly positive effect on the development of the accordion
in New Zealand and in the many musical successes of New Zealand
accordionists over a long period of time. The NZAA wishes to recognize
the important contributions of Faithe Deffner towards the development
of the accordion in New Zealand, with the NZAA Lifetime Achievement
left: As guests made their way to Staten Island, they knew it
was a sign of a great weekend, when an accordionist ventured
onto their New York Subway train while enroute to Staten Island
where the Busso family live.
right: The free Staten Island Ferry is not to be missed providing
a glorious view back to downtown New York.
of the world's most famous landmarks, The Statute of Liberty
as seen from the Staten Island Ferry.
at the Busso house: Back row: Suzanne and Frank Busso Jr, Christina
Busso Lammers, baby Alexander Lammers, Frank Busso Sr, Carmela
Busso, Tony Davies-Jones, Harley Jones. Front row: Roger Latulippe,
Sam and Peggy Falcetti, DeeDee Latulippe.
row: left to right: Kevin Friedrich, Suzanne and Frank Busso
Jr, Harley Jones, Tony Davies-Jones, Carmela and Frank Busso
Christina Busso Lammers. Front row left to right: Roger Latulippe,
Sam and Peggy Falcetti, DeeDee Latulippe.