| Central Florida Accordion Club
Featured Member for March, 2004
| "I had asked about playing piano, but since it was the time of Myron Floren and
Lawrence Welk, my aunt suggested I try the accordion.".
| I was born in the small town
of Warsaw, not in Poland but
Indiana. My family brought
me to Lakeland, Florida when
I was 10 and it was there I
began accordion lessons at
the age of 13. I had asked
about playing piano, but since
it was the time of Myron
Floren and Lawrence Welk,
my aunt suggested I try the
accordion. We bought my
first instrument for around
| My first teacher's name was
Mrs. Fisk. A strict but fair
teacher, she asked us to
practice hard and involved me
with an Accordion band. Six
months after my first lesson, I
played a recital at the
Tuesday Music Club. The music
had to be memorized and I
performed before parents and
guests. The accordion band
performed as well. We played
at schools, the old Lakeland
Civic Center, and for other
| June, 2003
Spring of 1962
| I played at the 'Amber G' for the Lakeland Ledger Christmas party and our photo appeared in the paper.
During the 2 years I took lessons from Mrs. Fisk, our group at a state competition in West Palm Beach.
There, I had the honor of playing for Anthony Gallarini. I received 'honorable mention' for my
performance and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
One thing I remember about Mrs. Fisk. . . she taught stage presence, to do our best, and how to enjoy
yourself when performing. She brought out the talent in each of us.
I took lessons 2 more years from Mr. Powella at the Lakeland School of Music and was again involved with
playing special events.
| After marriage, I gave up playing until a friend in my church encouraged me play at services. Later, I
accompanied my two boys singing. We performed at the Central Florida Missionary Baptist Churches. My
oldest son plays piano and we performed a duet for one of our National Missionary Baptist Conferences.
Currently, I play at nursing homes, and perform for worship services and sing along hours. I use my
accordion in the school system to introduce children to the instrument. In addition to the CFAC, I am also
member of the Florida Accordion Association.
Many CFAC members have encouraged me to practice and improve my music. As a result, I have fallen in
love with the accordion again.
Thank you very much. Thank you for naming me “Featured Member” for March. This means a lot to me.