The Bloomington, Indiana Accordion Scene

Drawing from the Hoosier Squeeze siteThere are only a handful of American cities that you could honestly call “accordion hotspots”; places like Cleveland, San Antonio, or Lafayette, for example. But if Hoosier Squeeze is any indication, the number might be on the rise.

Founded in 2000, Hoosier Squeeze is a group of passionate accordionists in the Bloomington, Indiana area whose goal is to “promote the current renaissance of the sublime accordion.”

Led by Sophia Travis (who moonlights as President of the Monroe County Council) and made up of accordionists of all skill levels, the group meets regularly to play and share music. They’ve performed at numerous community events and even sponsored an accordion workshop last month at Bloomington’s annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival.

With Hoosier Squeeze’s help, it sounds like Bloomington is well on its way to becoming one of those famous accordion hotspots…


  1. Happy New Year!

    My 9-year-old daughter received an accordion for a Christmas present, and now we need to find a teacher for her. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  2. Suzanne, I’m not sure where you live, but I’d recommend checking with a local accordion club. They can usually provide a list of teachers in their area, along with contact information. Here’s a good list of accordion clubs across the country:

    Hope that helps!

  3. hi, is there anyone in the area of bloomington that can play the bellow shake?been trying to get it but not having much luck .thankyou

  4. I just wanted to send a note to thank you for promoting accordion music. We love to perform and to travel. Thank YOU Ken Nicol ph937-537-1282

  5. Thank you for promoting accordion music. We love to perform and travel. ph 937-537-1282 Thank you Ken Nicol

  6. Thank you for promoting accordion music We love to perform and travel ph937-537-1282 Thank You Ken Nicol

  7. Hello, We are an accordion duo offering a wide variety of styles of music and coctumes. We perform as a 2,3 or 4 piece group. Stage shows, Black tie, parties and Ethnic events to name a few. Some of the styles include…Dixieland jazz dance, show tunes etc. Our instruments offer the latest in limex midi sound technology,an AMAZING full band sound. We love travel
    and help promote fun for events. Our act also includes Tenor Banjo and Mandola. Thank You Ken Nicol

  8. Hello, I live in Columbus Indiana. Is there anyone available in Bloomington or Columbus that could teach accordion? Thank you.

  9. Looking for fellow accordionists in the bloominton area to occasionally get together and jam.