The President’s Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends,

Spring is just around the corner and you all know what that means – the ACR annual Spring Fling Dinner Dance.  As usual we have a great evening of eating, drinking and dancing lined up. So if you haven’t already made your reservations please do so as soon as possible.  This helps greatly in enabling us to purchase the necessary amount of food and drink for the occasion.

We’ll have some accordion music going almost all evening.  Some of the members will play during the pre-dinner no host bar period and, of course, dancers will be welcome at that time.  During the dinner service you may just want to chat with your friends and neighbors and then after dinner we will have dancing to the music of the Steve Balich Band.  If you get the opportunity try to give a big thank you to these fine professional musicians who give so generously of their time and talents to all of our dance functions.

I remind you again to invite your friends and relatives to attend our Spring Fling this year.  It’s a great introduction to our club and, who knows, they may even decide to become members and you might be able to car pool to the meetings together.

As we are talking about annual club activities it’s also that time of year again when our annual club registration renewal is due.  Please make it easier on our Treasurer, John Pordon, and get your renewal forms and dues to him in a timely manner.  It will save him a great deal of time and work and save the club the unnecessary expense of mailing out reminder notices.  Membership dues are still a great bargain at the usual prices.

On a joyful personal note, I would like to take this opportunity to wish my mother, Edith Mustaro, a very happy and prosperous year on the occasion of her 93rd birthday which was on March 1st.  I love you Mom.  (I’m still trying to get her to make the trip out here from New Jersey so that I can bring her to one of our meetings.)

APRIL 21, 1936 to FEBRUARY 28, 2013

On a very sad personal note for me I will also take this opportunity to announce the passing of my good friend and one of the best men that I have had the pleasure to know- Pete Riedell.  Pete was a member of our club and a great aficionado of the accordion.  He was a talented craftsman and skilled carpenter, tile setter, plumber, general repairman and if you could break it, Pete could fix it.  He was never too busy to help a friend and Pete had a lot of friends.  His warmth, good humor and generosity will be sorely missed.  He has gone to join his beloved wife, Aileen.  Condolences to his children – Alan, Pam, and Susan and their families.

Services for Pete will be held on Saturday March 9, 2013 at 2 PM in the Petaluma Valley Baptist Church  580 Sonoma Mountain Parkway  Petaluma, California.

Tony Mustaro
Accordion Club of the Redwoods

March 2013 Entertainment


Anthony Berger

Anthony started out our entertainment with The Song from Moulin Rouge, La Vie En Rose, and finished with Bonjour Paris.
Wow, Anthony, you never fail to amaze us. As always we look forward to seeing and hearing you.


Elmo Fama

Elmo, always ready and able. Elmo’s selections of Sleepy Time Gal, Love me with All Your Heart and My Blue Heaven, was a hit, always a pleasure to hear from you!


Tony Mustaro

Our honorable President entertained us with Torna a Surriento, Tango dolle Rose, Spanish Eyes, and Stardust. As usual he played with great passion and transports you to the land of its origin.


Philip Parsons

Philip “Fingers” Parsons, a scholorship student of long ago, showed that he has not lost his touch. He  entertained us with Accordiana Polka, Autumn Breeze, Sparkling, Rosalie Polka, and wrapped it up with Tango of Roses with Bart.


Bart Beninco

To wrap us up, Bart almost made us swoon. His program was Arriverdci Roma, Tonight from West Side Story, a French Song, A Media Luz, and the Beer Barrel Polka. He then challenged the audience to ‘Name that Tune’. It started with “Swinging Shepard Blues’, and no one got that, then ‘Are you Lonesome Tonight’, Art Clark got that, and ended with ‘Margie’. We all seemed to know the melodie and some of the words, but not the name.


Bart and Philip

Bart and Philip finished the evening off with Tango of the Roses.

What a night, for those who could not make it, you missed some great music!

News, March 2013

Accordion Babes
For those of you who bought the Accordion Babes Calendars will be pleased to know that Renee de la Prade has organized these adorable girls into a very unique band, Whiskey & Women, and are now on tour. To get more info on Renee, copy this link into your browser,

Bart Beninco Info
Also, copy the following you tube link for more Bart info

Frank Muscat
Frank had a fall recently, lets all wish him a speedy recovery.

In Honored memory of
Mark  Edward Church
March 3rd 1989 to February 12 2013
Mark was a scholarship student from a long time ago, like his younger brother.

ACR Band Update
The Spring Fling is March 23rd so, the ACR Band will have its NEXT MEETING ON APRIL 15th, 6:30 before the ACR general meeting. All levels of players are welcome. It helps if you can read sheet music. Bring an accordion and a good measure of enthusiasm. If you would like to play in the band, please contact Steve Balich at 707-874-3494.

Play for the ACR, Get in Free.
The ACR board has voted to admit all performers into the monthly meetings for free. As long as the musicians sign up and perform a minimum of three songs, they will admitted without the normal donation at the door.

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