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At the tender age of 5, Denis’ parents gave
him his first accordion.  It was one of those
cardboard and plastic things one might
find at Toys r Us.  Within a couple of
days, he was playing a lot of kids’ songs,
but complained that four bass buttons just
weren’t enough.

Denis’ dad talked to a neighborhood barber,
who he knew played accordion.  He said:
Klaus, do you have any accordions for sale?
Well, soon Denis was playing a 12 bass
German machine, and as he grew, so did the
accordions until he got the 96 bass Hohner
you see in the black & white picture (Denis
at 8 years of age).  Denis had been taking
lessons from Klaus, was doing well, then
Klaus moved away.  That didn’t deter Denis
from learning on his own and playing on the
back porch.  His father bought a piano for
Denis’ sister, then a Hammond organ, so
she could play in church.  The piano was very
intriguing and Denis found a way to play the
piano with his right hand, while playing chords
on the accordion with his left.  It was a little
harder playing the bass pedals on the organ
while playing the accordion, but he did that too.

The years went by and Denis learned to play
both the piano and organ, and at sixteen
joined the American Federation of Musicians,
joined a band, and never looked back.  He
had found his ‘voice’ so to speak and was
performing everywhere.  Some people find it
hard to sing and play an instrument at the
same time, but Denis has mastered that,
and is an excellent vocalist.  He sings in
English, French, Italian and Spanish.

After moving to the SF Bay Area, never having
lost his love for the squeezebox, he honed his
accordion chops, and now divides his stage
time between accordion, piano and organ,
playing and singing for parties, corporate
functions, community events, restaurants,
weddings, funerals, recording.



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