Hire an Accordionist!

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Paul Aebersold
Washington, DC
(202) 441-7197

Paul plays with vocalist and percussionist Matthias Wandler as "Die Zwei," a duo that specializes in German party music with lyrics mostly in German. Their hours-long repertoire of oom-pah drinking songs, marches, polkas and waltzes includes contemporary songs that one hears at Oktoberfest in Munich, as well as the old favorites. Die Zwei plays most Saturday evenings from August through October at the Biergarten Haus in Northeast Washington.

Paul is available with opera singer Adrienne Fortini as "Il Duetto," which has a two-hour repertoire of Italian "street" songs along with a number of classic opera arias. Il Duetto performs erratically at Radici Market in Southeast Washington.

In addition Paul is available with singer Jodie Knox as "Les Deux," with a two-hour repertoire of French songs by Edith Piaf, Michel Legrand, Jacques Brel and others. Les Deux plays the first Thursday of each month for the wine tasting at Le Chat Noir Restaurant in Northwest Washington.


Simone Baron

Simone Baron is an accordionist, pianist, composer, arranger, conductor, and educator who has appeared around the world but is now based in the DC area.
Joe Blumka
Arlington, VA
(703) 447-3372

A native of Chicago, studied with jazz accordionist Leon Sash. Since the 1970s has played at various locations in Chicago and Washington, including the Chicago Stadium and the Kennedy Center. Also has performed in the opera "Naked Revolution," in community theater productions of "Fiddler" and "Zorba," and in concerts with the Reston Chamber Orchestra and the American Balalaika Symphony.
Manny Bobenrieth
Bobenrieth Music Studio
Potomac, MD
(301) 299-0950

Born in Chile, began studying the accordion at age 5. Received a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Catholic University. Has performed in many different musical contexts including Broadway musicals, Contemporary Music Forum and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. Has appeared with jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd and can be heard on the soundtrack to the Discovery channel television series "The Great Chefs" as a guest artist with the Charlie Byrd Trio. Member of the U.S. Army Band, performing with the Army Strolling Strings at the White House, Vice President's residence, State Department and other official events. The Manny Bobenrieth Ensemble has performed at Blues Alley Jazz Club, the Argentine Embassy, the World Bank, and the Kennedy Center, among other venues. The group's "Tangata" CD (featuring the music of Astor Piazzolla) has received glowing reviews.

Lou Coppola &
Stereo Strings

First accordionist to win three consecutive national championships and also the first American to represent the U.S. at the world accordion competition in Brighton, England.
Performed with the acclaimed USAF Strolling Strings for over 28 years, ultimately becoming the leader of the organization. Performed at the palace of Anwar Sadat, in the Far East, and all over the globe. Played for nine U.S. Presidents at the White House and for hundreds of heads of state.
Since then has managed his own company, Stereo Strings, providing music entertainment both local and national. Stereo Strings performed with 28 violinists at the opening of the new National Airport. The group was involved with Atlanta’s Olympic committee, traveling to Seoul, Tokyo and Barcelona as the U.S.’s sole musical representative in this successful effort.
Lou and his ensemble had one of the longest consecutive engagements in the country, performing at the Officers’ Club at Fort Myer, VA for 44 years.

Rose-Marie Coppola
Dick Dangel
8724 Crider Brook Way
Potomac, MD 20854
(301) 365-1120
Specialty is playing accordion and singing mostly Tin Pan Alley songs that almost everyone is familiar with (1920s-1950s), such as love songs, polkas, ragtime, jazz, South American and some ethnic songs. Available daytime, evenings or weekends. Primary customers are retirement homes, senior centers, professional luncheons and parties. :Leads sing-alongs as well, has a barbershop quartet called Potomac River Rascals which is quite active, and sings with the Alexandria Harmonizers, a large men's chorus.
Peter DiGiovanni
(703) 242-2160
(703) 919-5701 (cell)

Originally from New York, now lives in Oakton, VA. Affiliated with the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (President), the Potomac Accordion Ensemble, the Washington Balalaika Society, Russkiye Musikanti, and the American Accordionists' Association. Has performed at numerous parties and celebrations, grand openings, public and private concerts, and music clubs and festivals. Knows hundreds of songs by ear, covering music for all seasons and a wide range of genres, and is equally comfortable sitting or strolling, playing solo or accompanying singers, or jamming with other musicians.
Silvia Eberly
5212 10th Place S
Arlington, VA 22204
(571) 241-0730
Originally from Vienna, Austria. Started learning accordion at age of five from her parents, who also played accordion. Studied accordion under Professor Walter Mauer from 1960 to 1965 in Vienna. Has performed for Volkstanz groups in Vienna and various concerts in Germany and Austria. Also has taught and performed the accordion in Northern Virgina and the Washington Metro area since 1993. Started Magic Mountain Entertainment in 2000. Teaches the piano accordion, diatonic (button box) and the chromatic button accordion.
Sergio Fresco
Sergio can provide:
• Background music prior to your festivities (cocktail hours/rehearsal dinners)
• Dance music for your main event
• Italian music
• Latin music
• Variety music

Joan Grauman
Frederick, Maryland

(301) 806-5998

Joan specializes in European folk, classical and Jewish Klezmer music, and she enjoys giving workshops and programs on the versatility of the accordion. A pianist since the age of 6, Joan majored in music education and piano performance, switching to the accordion at age of 23 to play the Balkan music to which she danced. A performer and choreographer of ethnic (mainly Balkan) dance in her twenties, Joan then became the accordionist for the Balkan/Gypsy band “BAMCO” (1983 to 2001). In 2004, Joan toured the US with accordion duet partner Stella Allison, playing jazz, popular and classical music. The same year, Joan founded the popular “Potomac Accordion Ensemble” which she still directs, became the vice president of the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society, and also became the club’s music director. She continues to hold these positions in 2015. Joan and her husband Dan were the directors of the Frank Marocco/Mesa Accordion Event, an annual accordion orchestra camp, from 2006 to 2014. She has performed in accordion orchestras in the US, Canada, Italy and Austria, and was the accordionist at the National Gallery of Art for the world premiere of music for the silent films of Alice Guy Blache in 2012. Joan is on the governing board of the American Accordionists’ Association and is their historian.


Nancy Leonard

Nancy Leonard performs around the Washington metropolitan area and around the country. Her repertoire includes show tunes, polkas, ballads, and waltzes, and selections from the French, Greek, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Russian, and Polish traditions. The Nancy Leonard Ensemble comprises an accordionist (Nancy) and two vocalists: Donato Soranno, Tenor and Ilona Dulaski, Soprano, both classically trained. The ensemble has a vast and comprehensive repertoire of songs from such musical categories as International Songs sung in nine languages: Italian, German, French, Spanish, Yiddish, Hebrew, Russian, Latin and English. Its repertoire also includes Operettas, Opera, Musical Theater [Broadway Hits], Inspirational/ Religious music, Old Time Favorites and Standards. The ensemble also leads audiences in sing-a long sessions..


Michael B. Rubin
170 Talbott St., Apt. 104
Rockville, MD 20854
(301) 294-2619 (home)
(240) 273-8349 (cell)

Solo and group performer specializing in Jewish music - Yiddish, Hebrew, and Klezmer. Also performs American popular, French, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, and Slovenian music. Member of United Jewish Appeal Entertainment Group in NYC for seven years. Performer with several community theater groups in the DC metro area including Hexagon, Di Shpilers, NIH, Potomac Community Theater, and Rockville Little Theater. Member of Accordion Plus Band for 10 years. Former faculty member of the Himmelfarb Mobile University. Graduate of the world-famous NYC H.S. of Music & Art and Performing Arts. First oboist with the New York University orchestra and Bronx Community Orchestra, with which he performed at Carnegie Hall. Performs a one-hour show of mostly sing-along at senior community centers and the like. Performs at parties and celebrations. Teaches accordion and piano privately and with the Accordions for Kids program.
More about Mike.


Mike Surratt

Mike Surratt is a full-time musician with more than 35 years of professional experience who performs primarily throughout the Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - Richmond, VA corridor.

As a solo performer, Mike has played his share of restaurants, lounges, Caribbean cruises, dances and private functions showcasing a wide variety of music genres from 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s pop, ballroom Latin & swing, classic country, European favorites, and torch songs of the 1930s.

James E. Vandelly
15508 Vine Cottage Drive
Centreville, VA 20120-3750
(703) 631-8831
Jim has been playing accordion professionally since the 1960s as a soloist, member of ensembles, and most recently, member of the Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra (1989 to 2001). His repertoire on the piano accordion consists of semi-classical and American Standards going back to the 1920s. Jim's repertoire on the Russian bayan consists primarily of Russian and Ukrainian folks songs but also familiar American and international tunes.
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