The Presidents Message

Tony Mustaro

Dear Friends,

Hope that your appetites are all healthy because at our next meeting on June 17 we will be having another Accordion Club of the Redwoods pasta feed. Dinner service will commence around six-thirty as usual. There will be good friends, good music, and good food so invite your neighbors and other friends and family to this casual social event.

I would also like to remind you that in place of our regular July Monday night meeting we are hosting another special event. The July meeting will take place in the usual location at Hermann Sons Hall but it will be on Saturday July 27 and we will be cooking Italian sausages with onions and peppers along with a salad. There will be plenty of music and food and the no host bar will be available for beverages. Once again, I urge you to turn out for this meeting and invite a friend.

Your officers and board members are trying hard to have more social events to create the opportunity for members to get together, share a meal and catch up with old friends and perhaps make some new friends. We need your support for these functions. If you enjoy them and would like to see them continue, please let us know by attending and bringing a guest if you can. If our club is to grow and prosper we need to stay active and encourage new members to become part of our group.

As I said last month, we have kind of reached the end of an era. Our future dinner dances will be catered events from now on. If you have a favorite caterer that you would like is to contact or a favorite food that you would like to see us include on the menu let us know and we will try to accommodate. Catered affairs mean that we need to have a definite head count so that the caterer can plan appropriately.

I would like again to thank Don Agresti and Steve Balich and their crew who fed us so well at so many dinner dances. On a brighter note they have agreed to continue cooking for our pasta feed dinners and events like this year’s July meeting. Thank you guys.

Once again I have the sad task of saying farewell to two more of our own. In May we lost Fred Schultz and Ralph Muscatell. Along with their many other accomplishments these two men were members of our club and fine accordion players. Our sincere condolences go out to their families and friends.

Tony Mustaro

Accordion Club of the Redwoods

Entertainment, June 2013


Erika Brand

Erika is a newbie from Marjorie Konrad. Her playlist was “Push & Pull Waltz”, “Down in the Valley”, and “On Top of Old Smokey”. She has just recently taken up the accordion. She is a delightful young lady and unfortunately for us, she is departing for a year long road trip! Bon Voyage Erika


Anthony Berger

Anthony playlist was “The Skaters”, “Beer Barrel Polka”, Lady of Spain”, and a encore of ‘Joes Carrousel”. Unfortunately for us, Anthony and his parents, Gerard and Sheila will be leaving us soon for Colorado.
Hope you will come back for visits.


Olga Fansler

Olga delighted us with “Edelweiss”, a Rusion tune “Moscow Nights”, and “Lara’s Theme”. Welcome back Olga.


Steve Balich

Steve entertained us with “Lies & Sheik Medley”, “Whispering & Once in Awhile Medley”, “La Paloma” and an encore of many more much to our delight!


Xavier de la Prade and Sheri Mignano

Xavier and Sheri teamed up with soleful and foot stomping hand clapping music. Their playlist included “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams, “Paris dans Chaque Faubourg”, “Que Viva Espana”, “Bye, Bye Mon Negre”and “Ils ont Vole’ mon Traisemeau”. And it just got better and better!


George Bachich and Sheri Mignano

George and Sheri again, teamed up with their playlist of “Vola Palumba Vola”, “Zingarella” and “Nostalgique Dominique”. It has been a long time since we have had Xavier, George and Sheri on our stage. We hope to see and hear more of you in the not to distant future!


Tony Mustaro and Carlo Solivan, Picture 1


Tony Mustaro and Carlo Solivan, picture 2

Tony and Carlo not only played with heart and sole but they brought the house down with their comedy. Their playlist was “Amore Scusami”, “Besame Mucho”, “Dicitencello Vuje”, “Tango Delle Rose” and many more. I am not sure their comedy was on purpose, but Carlo’s love overtures and Tony’s eye rolling had us all in smiles and enchanted!

News, June 2013

Fred Schultz Memorial

freds-photoIt is with a touch of sadness that we report the death of longtime member Fred Shultz. Fred was an active ACR member and an accomplished accordionist. Among Fred’s other hobbies were flying his Beechcraft Bonanza airplane, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, sailing on San Francisco Bay in his 20’ Zephyr and he was an avid folk dancer. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Carolyn and four children. Fred was 90 years old and had experienced a general health decline over the past year. A memorial service was held on May 31st in Sonoma. He will be missed by friends who knew him. For more information see the Press Democrat.

ACR Band Update

The ACR Band will have its next meeting on June 17th 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.

2013 Coupe Mondiale Accordion Competition and Festival, August 17th-25th

The 66th Annual Coupe Mondiale to be held in in Victoria, BC and Hosted by the BC Accordion Society. This years prize budget exceeds over $50,000. For information about tickets to events, all inclusive “Early Bird” discount packages, accommodations please contact via e-mail: For more information visit the Coupe Mondiale Website