With the help and encouragement from Acme Accordion School founder (Westmont, NJ) Stan Darrow, accordionists Joe Oberly and Joe Alexander formed the Delaware Accordion Club (DAC) in October 1998. The members appointed Joe Oberly as the first DAC President, a role he would proudly serve for the next 17 years. Joe Alexander assumed the positions of club Secretary, Treasurer, and Editor of the DAC newsletter.
As membership grew, meeting locations changed throughout the Wilmington DE area to accommodate more players and listeners. The club has met in banquet rooms, diners, coffee shops, and restaurants. Most recently, we have been having our monthly meetings in the community room of the River Club Apartments (Claymont DE).
Our meetings begin with a brief update and then musicians take turns playing. It’s an “open-mic” setting where club members and guests offer an encouraging, no pressure environment. Whether beginner or professional, everyone is welcome at the Delaware Accordion Club.
In late 2016, we lost DAC President Joe Oberly as he peacefully passed away surrounded by his family. His legacy continues to share the instrument, music, and club he love so much.
In 2017, DAC Treasurer and Secretary Susan Shertok was named the second President of the Delaware Accordion Club. Susan’s infectious personality and never-ending encouragement is the foundation of the club. She joined DAC in 2001 and has inspired others to attend and join the club, as well as her commitment to sharing our instrument and music in the community.
Everyone is welcomed to attend our meetings; whether to play or listen. We welcome all styles and genres and look forward to hearing and learning from members with so many different backgrounds and experiences. Family and friends are important to us and all are welcome to attend.
Welcome to the Delaware Accordion Club!