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Central Florida Accordion Club
Featured Member for October 2003
 
Anders Bakke
 
From Classical to Cajun, Andy's done it all !!
 
Andy, also known as the Accordion Man, began playing at
age 6 after visiting his grandfather's farm in Bergen,
Norway . . .
 
The year was 1961 and Andy's grandfather took him to
the city that day. He found himself in front of a music
store staring at a beautiful Red Hohner with Red and Gold
Bellows that Andy still has today (photo below).
 
This past
Memorial Day
weekend, Cajun
Dave and Andy
played a Cajun
festival in
Shreveport
Louisiana.
 
At the age of 9, Andy started playing 'professionally'
for the ethnic clubs and local housing development
clubhouses and condominums on the beaches of Fort
Lauderdale, Fl. He also formed a dance band with local
high school students. When he was 14, he won 3rd place
in Florida state competitions for an original
composition, a Scandinavian tune he called
Mom's Hambo.
 
Andy participated in National competitions
with the
Webster Accordion Symponettes
(classical) and the
WW Jazzettes (jazz
combo). At 17 years of age, Andy joined the
US Coast Guard. While in the service, he
played for Chief's and Officer's clubs. He
ended up in Jacksonville, Fl. where he got
connected with the Sons of Norway. This
brought him gigs throughout the state.
 
After being discharged, he found himself in St. Augustine where he played the local German and
Scandinavian clubs. He played a full time weekend gig at a German restaurant for 12 years.
Andy got the opportunity to go to a Cajun Festival in White Springs Florida and ended up on
stage playing with the
Louisiana Swamp Grass band. That day, he met Cajun Dave Becnel who
mostly plays fiddle but does vocals, string instruments, and harmonica. One thing lead to another
and Andy met up with Rick Weidley, another fiddle player. The
Bayou Teche Band formed and
started playing the Cajun/Zydeco Festivals around Florida for crowds between 50 and 100
thousand people.

While on the way to Shreveport to play for a Memorial Day festival, they got an opportunity to
play on 101.1 FM KBON Radio right in Eunice, heart of Cajun Country. "Max", the D.J. and
owner of the station loved the group's new CD and marked all 10 tracks to play on the air.

Andy had played every weekend at Old Germany Restaurant in Orlando since September 2002
until things slowed down over this summer. He currently repairs accordions and builds new
accordions for sale under the name of
Augustina. His latest model is a triple musette 120 bass
accordion with tuba bass reeds. The accordion will be fitted with a special microphone system
and etched circuit boards. This will be the first
Augustina midi accordion which Andy hopes to
have ready to play for SMASH 2003.
 
For accordion sales and repairs, Andy can be reached at
http://accordionman-us.web-ring.info
or
eMail to:
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