Nancy performing: The
"I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank
you for the magnificent and wonderful job you did at the Valentine's Luncheon for the Potomac
Seniors. I look forward to
working with you in the future. Please feel free to
use us as a reference."
~~Wendy Espinoza - Potomac Senior Neighborhood
Nancy Leonard (Accordionist) studied music
and the accordion under Dr. Carmelo Pino from Catholic University's
School of Music and who has
been a frequent performer at the Kennedy Center. Nancy's present coach is Tony Lovello, the
Liberace of the Accordion. Nancy began studying the accordion at
age 10. She played in two polka bands
in her youth and on a float in Atlantic City. As an adult, she continues to perform throughout
the United States.
an active member with the American Accordionists' Association and has performed with the Washington Metro Accordion
Society (WMAS) in Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Gettysburg, Orlando, Philadelphia and throughout the
Washington and Baltimore Metro areas including Falls
Bethesda and Silver Spring.
has written, arranged, performed, and recorded music for a childrens' play (17
She also performs many of her own arrangements.
Her repertory includes selections
of French, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Russian, and
Polish. She performs Ballads, Show Tunes and Waltzes for musical entertainment and
much of this music is available on her two (2) CD's. She has performed in 12 orchestras
under 5 conductors, and has performed as a strolling accordionist in Las Vegas; Capitol Hill,
Washington, D.C.; French Alliance, Washington, D.C.; Palm Beach County, FL; and many states
throughout the U.S
Nancy Leonard has been a part of the Frank Marocco Fifty Piece (50) Orchestra in
the annual concerts held in
Mesa, Arizona. Nancy belongs to the Phoenix, Arizona Accordion Club and the New
Hampshire Accordion Club.
performed in “Montgomery's Got Talent – The Premier Senior Talent Showcase” at the Bethesda
Theater in Bethesda, MD in 2011. She also performed as a Headliner in “Montgomery's Got
Talent 2014 Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club,” and at the “National Night Out” celebration at
the Mid-County Community Recreation Center in Silver Spring. These events were covered by
the Washington Post and local media, and Nancy's picture and event was featured in “The Gazette”
Newspaper which has a huge distribution.
It was good to see you! I am so happy to hear you have been named
The Accordion Queen of Washington, DC and very well deserved,
indeed !!! Your music is wonderful and we are so happy and honored
to have you as a member of our community. I will share your new
website with all the members of the Heritage Committee at St.
We hope to be able to enjoy your music for many years to come!
Nancy Leonard performs in
"Montgomery's Got Talent"
May 22, 2011 - Nancy Leonard, a member of the
Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS), performed in “Montgomery’s Got Talent --
The Premier Senior Talent Showcase” at the Bethesda Theater in Bethesda,
She played a medley of accordion melodies: “River
Seine”, “Once In a While”, “La Vie En Rose”, “A Foggy Day” and “Hoe Down
The show consisted of the finalists chosen for
their wide variety of talents as instrumentalists, singers and dancers. This event was
covered by the Washington Post and local media.
Nancy began studying the
accordion at age 10. She played in two polka bands in her youth and on a float in Atlantic City. As
an adult, she studied accordion with Dr. Carmel Pino. Nancy continues to perform in and around the
Washington, DC area.