California Accordion Society has first president |

California Accordion Society has first president

Vince Cukar of Granite Bay, Calif., was recently elected the first president of the newly-formed Northern California Accordion Society. The new society is based in Roseville, Calif., and has been two years in the planning stage. Members are from a wide area , including Grass Valley, Chico, Auburn, Winters, Windsor, Sebastopol, Napa and Clear Lake, among many other Northern California communities.

Other officers include Janet Johnston of Winters, vice president; Taffy Steffen of Rocklin, secretary; Joann Hipp of Sacramento, treasurer; Peter Martin of Rocklin, corresponding secretary; Roger Broad of Auburn and Jerry Choate of Chico, members-at-large.

The accordion society was formed to foster the art of the

accordion, preserve the history of the accordion, celebrate the music of the accordion, promote public awareness of the accordion, and provide educational opportunities for future accordionists. Cukar said that membership is open to any person who plays or enjoys the music of the accordion. Membership already includes a number of talented professional players, however the society has numerous amateur and hobbyist accordion players.

Anyone interested in joining the accordion society may contact Taffy Steffen at (916) 624-0790. Information can also be obtained by contacting Janet Johnston via e-mail at The society also has a new Web site which

is The new group held its first meeting in November and it was a huge success with almost 50 players and non-players attending. The society meets the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Polish-American Community Hall ,327 Main Street, in Roseville.

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