About Us

Welcome to the wonderful world of Accordion music by the Queensland Accordion Orchestra Inc. in association with the Queensland Accordion Ensemble.

Previously under the direction of Dennis Hoey , Kieren Alexander and now under Marie McGuinness, our current orchestra consists of eleven accomplished accordionists and a percussionist. All members of the orchestra are volunteers who love music and playing the accordion.  Audiences are presented with anything from classical to rock-n-roll, all played with sensitivity and spirit, as the music demands.  The variety of styles highlights the accordion’s versatility. 

The orchestra conducts two major variety concerts per year, supported by artists from many musical fields.  The regular venues are at Kedron-Wavell Services Club at Chermside and Queen Alexandra House at Coorparoo.

Historically, the Queensland Accordion Orchestra was founded in 1986 as an association to promote the accordion in Queensland.  It is now a Queensland State Incorporated and a non-profit organisation. Over the years the orchestra has also been invited to perform at functions for many organisations.

These have included:

  • EXPO ‘88
  • Warana Festival
  • Brisbane City Hall
  • Emerald Council.
  • The Russian Club, German Club, Italian Club and Swiss Club
  • Retirement villages and nursing homes
  • Opening of the Runcorn Tai Chi centre

In April 2011, the Queensland Accordion Orchestra merged with the Queensland Accordion Ensemble, a dynamic group of accomplished accordionists from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales area.

This ensemble commenced as a sub group of the Ossie Mazzei Accordion Orchestra.  In l948, Ossie Mazzei, the maestro of the accordion in Queensland, started the Ossie Mazzei Accordion Orchestra.    All members of this orchestra were taught by Mr. Mazzei at his successful accordion school in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.    The orchestra has performed many concerts throughout Queensland and New South Wales, including a very successful tour of Europe in l996, where they received standing ovations throughout their tour.

In 2006, Marie McGuinness was asked to lead a ladies ensemble, as Ossie Mazzei was finding it increasingly difficult to continue his role as conductor of the Orchestra.   This group was called the Queensland Accordion Ladies Ensemble. As they grew in popularity and size they became known as the Queensland Accordion Ensemble.

A highlight for the group was an invitation to play as a guest artist at the 2009 World Accordion Championships, Coupe Mondiale in Auckland, New Zealand where they were extremely well received and were given the opportunity to play in the World Accordion Orchestra III consisting of approximately 120 accordion players from around the world.

The united group is now performing under the banner of The Queensland Accordion Orchestra (Inc) and have their sights on displaying their talents at various venues through out Queensland and Northern New South Wales.


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