Band Members
Peggy Hart, Accordion and Band Leader.  Peggy has played the accordion since she was 10 years old.  Classically trained, she has won 71 trophies in her
career.  Peggy is a devoted music teacher, teaching at community colleges as well as privately.  She has been on stage with Myron Floren from the Lawrence
show, and has toured nationally.  In spite of all of her accordion expertise, she once put her accordion on upside down, and once she was fired for playing "House
of the Rising Sun" in an Italian restaurant.  At one time Peggy owned a cat named Bubba Beethoven Bitey-Butt who absolutely loved her music, but what did he
know?  Peggy is retired from New York State where she couldn't strap on an accordion.

Greg Hart, Bass Player.  Greg is another of our seasoned musicians, having started his career at 10 years old.  Playing locally at first, Greg toured the states,
playing guitar and keyboards with various bands.  He is the foundation of our music, providing the bass.

Dr. Sheldon Grand, Accordion and Publicist.  Sheldon took accordion lessons at a young age, but digressed after high school, except to play for family and
friends.  When he discovered Squeeze Play, he semi-retired as a professor of psychology and practicing psychologist to join the band!  He says, "this is the most
enjoyment and satisfaction I have had in 30 years!"

Arlene Ableman,  Accordion.  Arlene is an accomplished musician, having played the piano, organ, and accordion for many years, before joining Squeeze Play a
couple of years ago.

Ralph Brooks, Accordion.  Ralph is known for his solo performaces around the region at restaurants and festivals.  He is also a member of the Legendary
Characters Band which plays classic rock and country.  He has a special affinity for both Irish and Italian music.


Pam Martin Dodson, Accordion.  Pam has played the accordion since she was 8 years old, and played in the award-winning Molinaro Accordion Orchestra
while in her teens.  She subsequently branched out to play a little guitar and piano, not to mention bass drum and bells in her college concert band.  But her first love
has always been the accordion and she’s thrilled to be playing in a band again.  After she joined Squeeze Play in 2017, she and Peggy discovered that they had
crossed paths at a few accordion contests, many moons ago!  


Russ Patrician, Accordion.  Russ started lessons at age 7 and eventually played professionally with his father (Rube), a well known area musician.  Russ has
played many types of music, but his passion has always been Polish style polka music.  He has played with many local bands and has also played with nationally
recognized polka bands such as Jimmy Sturr.  He took a long hiatus to focus on family life and recently joined the Squeezeplay Band.

Roland Tozer, Accordion.   Born and raised in Westerlo, NY, Roland has been playing the accordion for longer than he can remember!  He loves Polkas,
standards, and waltzes.  "Accordion is my passion!, he proclaims!  He is now retired from NYS DEC.

Russ Pokorny,   Accordion and webmaster.  Russ just took up the Accordion a couple of years ago, taking lessons at Old Songs with Peggy Hart.  He has
played the piano and Baritone Horn most of his life, playing the baritone locally with the Knox Town Band and the Helderberg Quintet, and playing the piano with the
Traditional Strings.
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