Lifetime Achievement Award

The AAA Life Time Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have devoted their life to the accordion as a performer, educator, manufacturer/publisher.

In 2003, the American Accordionists' Association presented its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Carmen Carrozza. The event held at Colonial Terrace in Wallkill, New York drew accordionists and affecionados from near and far.

Past Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

Year Name Venue
2002 Carmen Carrozza Colonial Terrace
2003 Dick Contino Fiesta - Wood Ridge, NJ
2004 Charles Nunzio Fiesta - Wood Ridge, NJ
2005 Tony Dannon Dearborn, MI
2006 Frank Marocco Fiesta - Wood Ridge, NJ
2009 Faithe Deffner NYC Tavern on the Green
2012 Joan Sommers Charleston SC
2016 Mario Tacca Colonial Terrace
2018 Lou Coppola Alexandria, Virginia
2019 Joey Miskulin NY State
2021 Linda Soley Reed Online Presentation
Upcoming 2022 Frank Busso Sr. Conshohocken, PA

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