2018 AAA 80th Anniversary Festival

14th July Daily Report

Louis Coppola presenting a workshop on his life as accordionist with the United States Air Force Strolling Strings
Above left: Beltway Accordions - Open Senior Ensemble
Above Right: WPAO Ensemble, Joanna Darrow - Conductor
Busso Festival Orchestra, Frank Busso, Jr. - Conductor
Busso Festival Orchestra, Frank Busso, Jr. - Conductor
AAA Junior Festival Orchestra, Rachel Quirbach, Guest Conductor
AAA Junior Festival Orchestra, Mary Tokarski - Conductor
Sam and Peggy Falcetti
Trophies for the Awards Presentation
Nathan Chapeton, Winner of the Elsie Bennett Junior Composition Competition
Mitch Guido conducting the Bob Vitale Youth Involvement Jazz Program Orchestra



Voice of America report:

Accordion Group Celebrating 80 Years, Sees Resurgence of Instrument

The American Accordionists' Association celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, gathering in Alexandria, Virginia, to showcase performers of all ages and abilities. From Alexandria, VOA's Jill Craig has more.



Awards Ceremony
Each of the young competitors in the AAA Festival was awarded complimentary AAA Youth Membership
Above and below: Competitors in the AAA Festival at the Awards Ceremony
Above and below: Competitors in the AAA Festival at the Awards Ceremony
Above and below: Competitors in the AAA Festival at the Awards Ceremony
Frank Coppola and Dan Grauman
Above left: Joe Cerrito entertaining the guests prior to the 80th Anniversary Gala Banquet
Above right: New Zealanders at the Banquet Robyn Leersnyder, Grayson Masefield, Harley Jones, Lionel Reekie, Alison Worthington and Kevin Friedrich
Above left: AAA Board member Sam Falcetti, Peggy Falcetti and Harley Jones
Above right: Lionel Reekie, Frank Busso, Sr, Rita Barnea and Harley Jones
AAA Festival Orchestra under the direction of Joan Cochran Sommers
Program: In the Hall of The Mountain King by Edvard Grieg, arr. Joan C. Sommers
Serenata by Leroy Anderson, arr. Joan c. Sommers
Werziade by Fritz Dobler
West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, arr. Heinz Ehme
Medley from Beauty and Beast by Menken, arr. Joan C. Sommers
AAA Festival Orchestra under the direction of Joan Cochran Sommers
Video: In the Hall of The Mountain King by Edvard Grieg, arr. Joan C. Sommers
members of the AAA Festival Orchestra
Video: Serenata by Leroy Anderson, arr. Joan c. Sommers
AAA Festival Orchestra
Video: Werziade by Fritz Dobler
members of the AAA Festival Orchestra
Joan Cochran Sommers conducting the AAA Festival Orchestra
Video: For an encore, Medley from Beauty and Beast by Menken, arr. Joan C. Sommers
AAA Festival Orchestra
AAA Festival Orchestra
AAA Festival Orchestra
Master Sgt. Frank J. Busso Jr., accordionist with the United States Air Force Strolling Strings
Master Sgt. Frank J. Busso Jr., accordionist with the United States Air Force Strolling Strings
Master Sgt. Frank J. Busso Jr., accordionist with the United States Air Force Strolling Strings
Master Sgt. Frank J. Busso Jr., accordionist with the United States Air Force Strolling Strings
Retired Chief Master Sergeant Louis Coppola making a guest appearance with the United States Air Force Strolling Strings
Retired Chief Master Sergeant Louis Coppola
Video: Hungarian Dance # 1 by J. Brahms
Retired Chief Master Sergeant Louis Coppola making a guest appearance with the United States Air Force Strolling Strings
and Master Sgt. Frank J. Busso Jr.
Video: Andalucia
current accordionist with the United States Air Force Strolling Strings Master Sgt. Frank J. Busso Jr. congratulating former
accordionist Retired Chief Master Sergeant Louis Coppola
Above left: Dr. Robert Young McMahan and Beverly Roberts Curnow
Above right: Tatyana Krasnobaeva and Stas Venglevski
Above left: Cody McSherry making a presentation on behalf of Emmanuel Gasser of an original composition
written by Emmanuel Gasser for Louis Coppola
Above right: Jim Queen
Video: Louis Coppola's March
Download the AAA Lifetime Achievement Award booklet (21 pages)
in honor of Louis F. Coppola.
 
Louis F. Coppola slides
 
collage picture of members of the AAA Board of Directors as the Lifetime Achievement Award Enternity Plaque is being made
Frank Coppola
Linda Solely Reed, AAA 2nd Vice-President.
AAA Historian Joan Grauman
AAA Historian Joan Grauman presenting Lou Coppola with the wine bottle with the Lifetime Achivement label. The artwork is by Joan Grauman. Also included was Air Force bottle stopper.
Two Wine botttle labels, artwork is by Joan Grauman.
Louis F. Coppola, Honoree offering his acceptance and thank you Speech