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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

WVTL to observe National Accordion Awareness Month

Here is a press release from Bob Cudmore at WVTL in Amsterdam.

Contact: Bob Cudmore 346-6657

Amsterdam Ward 4 Supervisor David Dybas will co-host The Bob Cudmore Show on AM 1570 WVTL in Amsterdam from 8-10 a.m. on Friday, June 16 in honor of National Accordion Awareness Month.

Dybas, a well-known local political figure who is a native of the city’s predominately Polish neighborhood, is also an accomplished accordionist. In his younger days, Dybas was featured on accordion in several bands including the Hi Tones, Top Hats and Paul Capp Trio. More recently, he has played accordion at events celebrating Amsterdam’s ethnic diversity and at local nursing homes.

Dybas promises to show the importance of the accordion to music around the world on Friday’s program, also heard online at

National Accordion Awareness Month was established in 1989 to promote the accordion, spread the word about the resurgence in popularity in the accordion and to educate people about the instrument.


  • Hmmm .... aren't "awarneness months" usually to raise awareness of some disease, disorder or social problem?

    If so, I wonder if they have their own support group: "My name is ___ and I'm powerless over the accordion."

    Of course, there's the old joke about the definition of perfect pitch: That's when you pitch the banjo into the dumpster and hit the accordion.

    Just teasing. Some of my best friends play the accordion. And the banjo!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:06 PM  

  • Frankly, I can't stand the accordion, with one exception. I love it in Cajun music. Sometimes Cajun musicians sound like Polka players on speed. I love Cajun music, even when in French and I can't understand what they are saying, but I am not much of a fan of Polka.

    By Blogger Dan Weaver, at 7:57 AM  

  • Always liked Dave Dybas though...

    By Anonymous valleygadfly, at 8:25 PM  

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