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Joan Grauman, AAA Historian As the organization’s historian, I have been writing historical articles on events that led up to the creation of the AAA and were important for the AAA. This includes some of its influential members, as well as special events throughout the decades, and more.
Joan Grauman, AAA Historian

Passing of Rose-Marie Bruno Coppola

Originally published December 01, 2020 by

Rose-Marie Bruno Coppola passed away the night of November 28, 2020 after bravely battling a long illness. Born in Connecticut in 1939, beautiful, petite Rose-Marie spent almost her entire life performing, promoting and teaching the accordion.

Rose-Marie Bruno and Lou Coppola, accordion champions,
with their proud teacher Rudy Molinaro, 1955.

An award-winning musician, she performed on the stage at Carnegie Hall in her teen years, and for US Presidents and other dignitaries, for decades, with her group The Strolling Strings. When her illness prevented her from playing, Rose-Marie joyously supported the accordionists in the Washington, DC area and at the AAA festivals.

Brochure for the Coppolas’ accordion school oin Washington, DC in the 1960s.

A lovely, kind, inspirational person to the end, Rose-Marie will be sadly missed!

Rose-Marie with good friend, celebrated accordionist Tony Dannon

The AAA extends its deepest sympathy to the Coppola family. Sons John and Kevin lost both parents in less than one year.

The Coppola family 1972. Both sons were award-winning accordionists. L to R: Addie Cere,
John Coppola, Maddalena Belfiore, Kevin Coppola, Rose-Marie and Lou Coppola.

The accordion world lost two of their finest, Lou Coppola and Rose-Marie B. Coppola. May they rest in peace.

Mother and son John performing together 2010

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