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groans when she takes it out to prac- who knows, someday their names might tice, but is impressed that she’s doing be listed among other famous accordi“...Nobody can son something she has always wanted to do. on players. So move over John Lennon, On Thursdays you can find these Connie Francis and Lawrence Welk, be unhappy four students entering the doors of here they come! Kingsley Music School at the while being in the Washington Educational Services accompanied by a 30-pound a room where Building beloved instrument and just hoping have practiced enough to “go on somebody is they to the next song in their book.” And, playing the Diane Stydnicki accordion.”

When not practicing her accordion, Sharon Carlson can be found volunteering, baking Scandinavian Almond Cake, traveling, reading and enjoying her five grandchildren. In May she performed in her first musical recital in 60 years. “It was awesome!”

choose THAT instrument?’ My response would be that nobody can be unhappy while being in a room where somebody is playing the accordion. And if I’m the reason that you’ve got a smile on your face, well, all the better.” About five years ago Holly decided to tackle one more item on her bucket list -- learn to play an instrument and participate in a recital. Encouraged by her husband, Patrick, on a trip to Bridge of Harmony to “ask them if they know anything about accordions,” one thing led to another and she found herself as an adult music student. Learning an instrument wasn’t easy. Says Holly, “As a kid, I didn’t show much interest in taking lessons for any instrument and since my family lacked all musical talents, it just wasn’t something that was encouraged.” Brook Mallak, lawyer by day, accordion aficionado by night, is the newest member to join the group. Like her friend Holly, she had no musical training but wanted to start playing the accordion because her grandfather played and she had always found it an intriguing instrument. Two weeks before her 40th birthday, a friend said that she was going to sign up for piano lessons. Brook excitedly replied, “I always wanted to play accordion!” What’s Brook’s biggest challenge? “Everything! I’ve never played an instrument. I don’t know how to read music and it’s tough for my old brain to learn that on top of multitasking when playing this monster.” Her 13-year-old

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