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Accordionist Chris Stafford of the Louisiana neuvo-cajun band Feufollet performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, May 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Accordionists from across the globe descend to Virginia

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ALEXANDRIA, VA (CIRCA) -- There's a party going on in the commonwealth and it's being grooving to the beat of an accordion. Accordionists from all over the world are in Alexandria, Va. for the 80th Anniversary Celebration of the American Accordionists' Association. Members of the organization are hoping to transform the DC area into "Accordion Capital of the World."

Each year the American Accordionists’ Association sponsors a Festival in a major city of the United States. Guest artists are invited to perform, and hold Master Classes and Workshops.

The event will also honor retired United States Air Force Accordionist Louis F. Coppola. He'll receive the AAA's Lifetime Achievement Award after he performed with Air Force Strolling Strings for over 25 years.

"The accordion remains an integral part of our popular culture because it mirrors our ethnic heritage," according to AAA President Mary J. Tokarski. "You can see and hear the instrument in every media."

The AAA says they have thousands members. The festival will will have a number of performances and events from July 12-15. Some performances will feature local musicians for the DC area.

For more information on the AAA, visit their website www.ameraccord.com.

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