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15-Mar-2019

32nd NAA 2019 Convention Success - USA

NAA Convention
Norman SeatonThe 2019 32nd National Accordion Association (NAA) Convention ended last Sunday on a high note! The event is always all about people, accordions, connections, camaraderie and fun.

For accordion aficionados, there was something to please everyone from beginner to professional. I attended many workshops, concerts, and jam sessions and was inspired by them all.

The pervasive feeling was one of joy, great interest, and acceptance of all levels of performance. Everyone was very friendly, willing to share their talents and knowledge, and respectful of time limits which facilitated the easy transition from one event to another.

An important musical event took place: The World Premiere of the accordion orchestration of “Two Plus One” composed by Gary Daverne, was performed by the NAA Festival Orchestra and conducted by New Zealand conductor, vocalist and accordionist Lionel Reekie. Lionel’s enthusiasm inspired the orchestra to a lively and musical performance. Additionally, Lionel conducted workshops, sang and entertained during the NAA event.

The digital accordion and piano accordion were featured in many excellent informative workshops and presentations given by the following experts: Eddie Monteiro, Joe Natoli, Mike Soloway, Cory Pesaturo, Matthias Matzke, Dr. Mike Middleton, Jerry Cigler, Paul Betken, Gabe Rodriguez, Jamie Maschler, Gordon Kohl, Bill Palmer, Debra Peters, Greg Klugiewicz, Richard Albreski, Mary Wright, Gail Campanella, Elena and Gregory Fainshtein, Markus and Sabine Baggio, Nick Ballarini, Evelyn Castiglioni, Shelia Lee, George Secor, Larry Nickel, Ron Uhlenhopp, Nancy Bernstein, Eli Davidsohn, Sharon Seaton, Jim Rommel, Dr. Ed Casper, Ron Borelli, Tom & Arlyn Visentin, Jessica Faltot, Lou Lebron, Jane Christison plus many student performances.

The 2019 NAA presented many concerts/workshops followed with jam sessions in numerous locations during the convention. Musicians, new media, and the general public attended to see the action on all the fascinating days. Over 200 people attended the evening concerts and banquet!

Congratulations to the NAA 2019 Association Board and Convention Management Team:
Norman Seaton (picture right), Nancy Bernstein, Rebecca Ratcliff, Sharon Seaton, Nick Ballarini, Markus and Sabine Baggio

See the 1st April US National Accordion News AccordionUSA for detailed reports with videos and photos.

Picture below: Norman Seaton, Rebecca Huck, Jamie Maschler, Gabe Rodriguez
Norman Seaton, Rebecca Huck, Jamie Maschler, Gabe Rodriguez
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