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Bellows Open: The Great Squeeze Project gets NATIONAL ATTENTION!

Marilyn - 2017-05-17

On Saturday, May 13, Drew Larson, a Reporter from the Waterbury Republican American came to the final rehearsal for the Connecticut Accordion Association's concert at the Mattatuck Museum. Students from Wolcott High School's Band Class joined us for rehearsal, and several of us present at rehearsal were interviewed.

A fantastic story appeared in the Monday edition of the Waterbury Republican! The Associated Press picked up the story, enabling us to get NATIONAL ATTENTION for our grant funded program and concert that will take place this Sunday at 3:00 at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT.

Here's the link to Drew Larson's article:

3:00 PM

This program is supported in part by the Arts and Culture Collaborative, Waterbury Region, in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Connecticut Accordion Association in performance, April 30, 2017, Mahopac, NY!

Marilyn - 2017-04-30

The Connecticut Accordion Association orchestra, led by Peter Peluso, performed at the Carmen Carrozza Scholarship Dinner, Sunday, April 30.  A star studded series of performances followed the orchestra opening the event.  Included on the program:  Frank Busso, Mario Tacca and Mary Mancini, Frank Toscano, Eddie Monteiro, Frank Carrozza and sons.  Performances by young accordion stars included Gia Ciccone, Cody Mc Sherry and Cory Pesaturo.

Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble Concert May 13, Dobbs Ferry

Marilyn - 2017-04-30

Bachtopus Accordion Ensemble

Start Them Young!

Marilyn - 2017-04-30

Mary Tokarski presented a program for children titled "An Accordion: What is That?" at the Mattatuck Museum on April 26. She enlisted the help of Patricia Zaretzky to play the role of Buzz Treble. The program is based on a book written collaboratively by Mary, Joan Grauman and Karen Malan Uribe. Buzz Treble is the book's mascot.

The children enjoyed a creative educational experience complete with music as well as opportunities to get to know what the instrument is all about.

Oliver playing hide n seek!

Marilyn - 2017-04-22

CAA Orchestra member Fred Schwinger's cat found a good hiding place:  Fred's accordion case!

The Choice...start em young!

Marilyn - 2017-04-21

AAA Carrozza Memorial Scholarship Fund Raiser

Marilyn - 2017-04-14

On April 30, 2017, the American Accordionists' Association will  bring together some of our finest young artists for the Carrozza Memorial Scholarship Fund Raiser being held at:

Villa Barone Hilltop Manor
466 US Route 6
Mahopac, NY 10541

The Connecticut Accordion Association's Orchestra, conducted by Peter Peluso, will be performing at this event!

This event will feature our very talented young artists Gia Ciccone, Cody McSherry, Chris Gorton, Cory Pesaturo and more! Details and registration form are available at

Bellows Open: The Great Squeeze Project! - See NEXT EVENT

Marilyn - 2017-04-14

Last September, 2016, the CAA was awarded a grant through the Arts and Cultural Collaborative, Waterbury Region, to deliver a program that introduced the accordion to band students at Wolcott High School. This is one of many outreach activities that are taking place locally as well as on a national level. The program in Connecticut involved classroom instruction about the accordion, opportunities for the students to learn the rudiments of the instrument as well as hear guest artists in solo and ensemble format. The program will allow the students to join the CAA orchestra on their own instruments in concert on May 21 at the Mattatuck Museum. They will also perform for their own student body at Wolcott High School on May 24.