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07-Jun-2019

U.S. Air Force Promotion to Senior Master Sgt. Frank Busso Jr. - USA

Frank Busso JnrFrank Busso, Jr. was recently promoted to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force. Frank, from Staten Island, New York, became the U.S. Air Force Band’s accordionist in 2005 and is also the Section Chief of Live Production for the organization.

While off duty, he runs the Busso Music School in Alexandria VA and serves as director of the Ernest Deffner Affiliates, whose accordion brands include Titano, Pancordion, Pigini, Roland, and Hohner. Frank has served on the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) board of directors since 2007.

Excerpts from the Air Force website: Master Sgt. Frank J. Busso Jr. is the accordionist with the Air Force Strings, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Staten Island, New York, his Air Force career began in 2005. Busso currently serves as the band's section chief for live production.

Busso attended Boston University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 2001. He studied accordion with Frank Busso Sr. at the Staten Island Music School in New York. Prior to joining the Air Force, Busso was an instructor and arranger with the Boston University Athletic Bands. He was also an instructor at the Staten Island Music School, where his students earned many regional and national titles in competition.

As a competitive accordionist, Busso received numerous regional titles from the Accordion Teachers Association of New Jersey, including the organization's virtuoso championship in 1995. He also earned multiple national titles from the AAA in classical, popular, and ethnic competitions. Since 2001, Busso has performed in concert as a member of The Busso Trio at numerous summer festivals hosted by the AAA and the Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG).

Highlights of Busso's Air Force career include a 2012 humanitarian tour to Staten Island, NY following Hurricane Sandy and creating and performing a strolling strings arrangement of Billy Joel's "Piano Man" for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honours, at which Billy Joel was honoured.
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