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Central Florida Accordion Club - Featured Member for January, 2004
Arleigh Baker
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The accordion has been one of Arleigh's favorite musical instruments since boyhood. When he was eight, a neighbor gave him a very old, diatonic button accordion, just made for polkas. A few years later, he borrowed a piano accordion and figured out how to get a few polkas out of it, as well.

The trumpet was his main instrument in the Claremont, MN High School Band. At the age of 15 he joined the Owatonna Musician's Union Band as a trumpet and accordion player. About the same time, he and his brother Greg organized a dance band known as "The SixTeens". The youthful band played for local social events. Arleigh also played for other area bands when asked to fill in as sideman. He played mostly with "The GraydonBurow Orchestra " which was also known as "Brother Burr and the Burros".

From 1964 until 1998, Arleigh was an Electronics Engineer specializing in Radio and Radar design. He worked at E.F. Johnson Co. until 1974. Then he brought his family to Orlando and worked for Martin Marietta. For many years, music became only a background in his life. However, in recent years, retirement allowed him to rekindle this interest.

Recently, Arleigh restored a few vintage accordions. In the process of doing so, some of his long lost playing ability seemed to renew itself. While these new hobbies are rewarding, Arleigh is primarily interested in music production, composition and arrangement, specializing in MIDI. His main genre are Polka, Waltz, Pop and Christian Music.

Restoration and Modification Projects
 
CONCERTONE HOHNER ATLANTIC IIIP EXCELSIOR N.Y. EXCELSIOR 960M
Concertone Diatonic
Hohner Atlantic IIIP
Excelsior N.Y.
Excelsior 960M
Circa 1900 2X5 Musette
3X4 LMH
1948 4X5 LMMH
5X5 LMMMH
Obtained as a gift
Purchased New in 1956
Obtained through E-Bay
Obtained from Jim Laabs Music
 
Very Rugged Accordion
 
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Recent Studio Projects
DAVE BECNEL'S NASHVILLE CD LAUREL JEAN'S BE STILL AND KNOW CD Music Toys CD
Cajun Dave Becnel
NEW Nashville CD
Final Mix and CD Master
Music by Laurel Jean
Studio Recording, CD Master & Art Design
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Arleigh's Musical Toys
Performance, Recording, Art & CD Master
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Playing "LIVE" - Just a Few Events to the Present
ARLEIGH 1952 GREG AND ARLEIGH BAKER 1954
ARLEIGH 1972
CFAC DEBUT
1952
First Piano Accordion
1954
First 120 Bass Accordion
1972
Family Reunion Party
October 2003
CFAC Debut

 
Web Sites - Designed and Operated by Arleigh
Arleigh's Personal Site
Links to Associate Artists
Help for Musicians
Arleigh's Personal Bio
Contact Information
Arleigh's Discography
Repertoire of Arleigh's
Compositions,
Arrangements and CDs
Music by Laurel Jean
LaurelJean.com
A Superb Minstrel Lady
Arleigh is Her
Technical Assistant

 

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