Awareness Month (NAAM)
National Accordion Awareness Month.
Accordion Awareness Month was established in 1989 to help spread the word about
the resurgence in popularity in the accordion and to educate people about the
A blue-ribbon panel of experts recently named the accordion as the
instrument most likely to put a smile on your face when hearing it played (or a dent in your head if
someone drops one on you).
The piano accordion is the official musical instrument of the city
of San Francisco and has been since 1990.
Actress Lucy Liu plays the accordion.
Guitarist Nils Lofgren started on the accordion.
Billy Joel and Barry Manilow also play the accordion.
Danny Federico (Springsteen) started out as a classical
The accordion is a member of the reed family, not the keyboard
The first United States-made piano accordion (the ones with the
keys on it) was manufactured in San Francisco back in 1907. It was at the
Guerrini Accordion Company on DuPont St. (Grant Ave., near Columbus Ave.)
Castelfidardo, a small town in Le Marche region of Italy, produces most of all the accordions in Italy.
When people think of an accordion, they usually envision that
large, black monstrosity with piano keys on one side and about a thousand
buttons on the other side. However, the accordion family also includes Cajun
button boxes, chromatic and diatonic button accordions, the concertina, the
bayan, and the bandoneon.
China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of accordions in
For more information, please email the sponsor of NAAM, Tom Torriglia, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.