Glenn R Tompkins

accordion
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Playing the vintage Scandalli accordion.
This Scandalli accordion dates from the 1950's and features some of the finest Italian reeds I have heard in the accordion industry.  There are 4 treble reed blocks and 5 rows of bass reeds in an LMMH configuration.  Eight treble voices offer a nice variety of distinctive sounds, with a sweet musette included in the array of registers.  Some of my 5th and 6th grade students gave me this instrument in 2003 as a gift, originally donated to the local public school system but remaining largely unused.  In 2009 I began to upload music videos to my You Tube channel FromHolbergsTime.
With Dr. Bonnie Loney, organist at First United Methodist Church in Mesa, AZ
Bonnie Loney serves as organist for First United Methodist Church in Mesa and also accompanies the Sonoran Desert Chorale in all of their valley concerts.  Bonnie teaches elementary and middle school music for Great Hearts Academies.  An active member of the American Guild of Organists, Dr. Loney has studied with Robert Clark and Kimberly Marshall and holds graduate degrees in organ performance from Arizona State University.  The instrument in the background is Opus 60 by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders of Lake City, Iowa, a mechanical key action organ which contains 34 stops and 49 ranks (installed in 1993). 
Hiking in the Arizona Desert
There is a great variety of flora and fauna in the Arizona desert.  Often you can sense a sublime clarity in the mountain views overlooking the valley, picking out a marvelous array of colors in the flowering cacti and wildflowers strewn about the desert floor.
Video / Audio
Simple Gifts
A Shaker song from the 18th Century, also known as " 'Tis the Gift to be Simple."  English songwriter Sydney Carter wrote new lyrics to this traditional Shaker melody in 1963 and named his song "Lord of the Dance."  Here this Shaker tune is performed upon my Hohner musette accordion, a 4/5 reed instrument in LMMM configuration.  The sheet music is from "The Hymn Fake Book" published by Hal Leonard.
credits: FromHolbergsTime
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Improvisation upon the Scandalli accordion
An improvisation upon the vintage Scandalli accordion, and a prayer for the people of Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. 
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