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Sun October 14th.  1:00 - 4:00 pm.



TOM ESKOLA - Music for most occasions -  619-423-2225


Coffee, Beverages and Goddies provided. Bring some of your own treats to share.


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

325 Kempton St.

Mt Miguel Covenant Village, Spring Valley, Ca. 91977

We meet at  Bailey Hall .

Directions at bottom of page.

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Open Mic for all to enjoy. Listen and play all your favorites.

Please call Bob Warner to submit your playlist 858-748-3559.

If you need help finding a song, Please call me, 619 395-0454 Gordon.

Newsletter submissions - ALSI / Lois Lahoud, 6225 Snowbond St. San Diego, Ca. 92120


If you weren't at our September meeting, you missed The outstanding MICHAEL ZAMPICENI.   A Highlighted performer at Cotati Accordion Music Festival. Nationally Acclaimed Master Accordionist.  

Son of Joseph Zampiceni, noted accordion composer, publisher, teacher, and performer during the Golden Age of accordions, Michael Zampiceni was weaned on accordions as a youngster growing up in San Jose. Beginning studies at 8 years old, he was already playing for area parades and other events by age 11. By age 14 he advanced to his father's orchestra, playing either the accordion or drums.

While he was in junior high school, Michael joined the school choir, and others noted his pleasant voice and singing abilities, resulting in the pursuit of voice lessons at age 16. He eventually became a vocal major in the San Jose State music department with a secondary concentration in classical organ, and in 1971 received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music.

After teaching, performing, and selling keyboard instruments for several years, Michael decided to develop his concurrent writing skills and eventually become a Silicon Valley technical writer. He nevertheless continued to perform and teach as able. After a 30-year career, he returned to his roots, and is now fully teaching and performing in the bay area. He has also been traveling around the country more recently, appearing at festivals as a featured performer, clinician, and adjudicator for the Leavenworth Accordion Festival, Accordionists and Teachers Guild, and Las Vegas Accordion Convention.  Michael is pleased to return to the Cotati stage after a 20-year hiatus.

Michael's repertoire is broad and diverse, including American standards, European, Latin, classical, and jazz music. He will be playing some of these genres during his performance at this festival.

For information about booking Mike or for lessons, please see

Thank you to - Amy Jo Sawyer -

World Renown Accordionist gave an astounding August performance.

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!"
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


* * * * MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL * * * * 

$25 Still the same as in all previous years!

or $100 Gold Memebership.


Henry Pawlicki - Scholarship

Ellen Brannigan, the niece of Hap, Henry Pawlicki, spoke of her appreciation

to ALSI for writing a nice tribute to him after he passed. She and Gordon
Kohl presented a scholarship to one of Gordon’s students, Evan Andersen.

Meetings; held on the 2nd Sunday of every month.
except in May ( for Mothers Day ).


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