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Sun Aug 12 th. @ 1:00-4:00 pm.


Amy Jo Sawyer - World Renown Accordionist performing.


Sorry, More info coming soon.


* * * *  In our Air Conditioned Bailey Hall. * * * *

Keep your Accordians Coool!! Don't leave it in a hot car.

Reed Block wax melts easily...


Thank you to awesome Workshop by Bob Page

 Bob Page"playing from a lead sheet".

Patriotic music and Broadway standards.

It was an inspirirng and informative performance.

If you were'nt there you missed a great day.


Amy Jo Sawyer began her study of the accordion at the age of ten under the tute-lage of Henri Milano, in Mesa, Arizona. She came from musical parents, Marlin & Virginia McLaws, who played trumpet and piano respectively in their own Dance Orchestra for fifty years in the Phoenix area. Amy Jo started piano lessons at the age of five and during her grade and high school years played the baritone horn in the school bands. The accordion became her "first love" and at age fourteen she entered the National Accordion Competition, in Chicago, placing 2nd in her age cat-egory. At age nineteen she won first place in the Western States Accordion Compe-tition in Long Beach, California and competed in the "Coupe Mondiale" (World Ac-cordion Competition) in Biel, Switzerland, establishing herself as one of the world's foremost accordionists.
She continued her studies under the direction of Anthony Galla-Rini, in Los Angeles, and represented Arizona in the National Accordion Competition in New York City. "One of the greatest compliments I have received was from Mr. Galla-Rini, as he included my name with those he considered his most talented students in the book, 'Anthony Galla-Rini on His Life and the Accordion' written by Swedish author Ove Hahn."
In 1964 she won a competition sponsored by the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, the winner of which to perform in solo with the symphony. The other contestants were violinists and pianists. The Symphony Conductor, Sandor Salgo, exclaimed, "she is a musical genius, and just happens to play the accordion!" She performed "Fantasia for Accordion & Orchestra", by Paul Creston.
Amy Jo has written music for, and performed with, the University of Missouri at Kansas City Accordion Orchestra, under the direction of Joan Sommers, on four of their international tours. Amy Jo received a BA degree in Composition in 1988 and a Master's Degree in Jazz Performance in 1989 from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. While there she com-posed several jazz originals that were performed by the SIU-E Concert Jazz Band, with her on keyboards. An original, "Just You," was also performed by the Brigham Young Universi-ty "Synthesis" Jazz Band. Amy Jo has performed accordion parts with the Saint Louis Sym-phony Orchestra on numerous occasions, including accompanying world renowned Italian Tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. Amy Jo has served as President of the Accordionists & Teacher's Guild, International


More sad news..... Roy Birdsell, from Santa Ysabel, a longtime ALSI member who loved the accordion, has passed away June 18th...  It's sad to lose another accordion lover.  He always wore a big cowboy hat to the meetings and leaves his wife Ardith.  He was buried in the Julian cemetary on Saturday. Sorry for the late post, I didn't read this e-mail from Sharron Marotte in time.  She and    played for a tribute to ROY at the Legion Hall. The address for Ardith is:  4243 Julian Highway, Santa Ysabel, CA  92070 please send a card if you can.   THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Come Play and Listen to your favorite Accordion tunes.


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Aug 12 -  Amy Jo Sawyer

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NEXT MEETING: AUGUST 12 th, Sunday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Bailey Hall ,  Spring Valley, California.

Our Steering Commitee meeting is Wed.  July 11th. 10:30 am and open to all.

Give us your input. Marie Calendars ,6950 Alvarado Rd. Hwy 8 & 70 th St.


RSVP with Gordon Kohl (619) 395-0454.

A.L.S.I. is San Diego's forum for appreciating and performing accordion music, including the MIDI electronic accordion. We welcome members who enjoy listening to or playing accordion music. We have an accordion ensemble group, monthly meetings, local concerts featuring local and internationally famous performers, an annual picnic and a monthly newsletter.



We meet at  Bailey Hall ,  Spring Valley, California.
From Rt 8 take the 125 South to;

for I 5 or I 805 to Rt 54 East
on Rt 54 take the Jamacha Blvd. ( not Road ) exit, travel East.
Pass over Freway. Take next right turn on
Kempton St. Left on San Carlos St. Gate entrance. Bailey Hall.
Mt Miguel Villiage, Spring Valley, Ca. 91977


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