January 5, 2013 – Accordionpallooza!

It took 51 years before I enjoyed a rendition of Happy Birthday with accordion accompaniment! Today was it.

We (actually Martin) were invited to an Accordionpallooza of sorts. Ten accordions gathered in one room for instruction by one of Ames’ finest accordionists, and a former fellow grad student at Iowa State (so many years ago). Following is a short 30 second intro to his playing.


He even took apart an accordion to show us the inner workings.  These are the bass reed blocks, with the wood sealed with a concoction of beeswax, resins, and oils.  The inside of the bellows and more reed blocks are visible in the lower right.  I neglected to get photos of the complicated bass mechanics and levers.

Following are some of the photos of the participants, young and old alike…