Anselmo (Sam) Falcetti, from Westfield, MA, started on the accordion at the age of 10 and began home teaching at the age of 16. Before graduating from the University of Hartford with a bachelor’s degree in Theory & Composition, he opened his first accordion teaching studio in Westfield, MA.
As the years progressed, Mr. Falcetti, a musical entrepreneur, became President and CEO of Falcetti Music, a 50-year eight store music chain in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. Over the years he has graced the cover of Music Trades, Music, and MMR, the national music industry trade magazine, and also appeared on the front cover of the 50th Anniversary University of Hartford Alumni Magazine to honor him for his accomplishments.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s he was an adjunct professor at both Holyoke Community College and Westfield State University where over 20 of his students graduated with a major on the accordion. During this period his accordion college ensemble performed twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Sam has adjudicated and presented his workshops all over the USA. Throughout his career many of his students became professional educators and performers and in 2011 he was selected to represent the USA as a judge at the 5th Roland International Festival in Rome, Italy.
Mr. Falcetti was the founder and conductor of the Springfield Accordion Orchestra, a group who performed at the 1970 World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan and appeared in 1971 on National TV’s David Frost show along with the vocalist Roberta Flack. The Orchestra also toured Italy in 1973, performed at Disney World in 1975 and was also invited to perform at the 1980 Coupe Mondiale in Auckland, New Zealand.
Since his retirement 10 years ago from Falcetti Music, Sam returned to his 1st love of teaching and currently teaches 25 students on the Roland Digital Accordion. As New England’s Roland Digital Accordion distributor he provides sales and service throughout the USA.
He also formed the only Digital Accordion Orchestra in the USA who have performed many concerts throughout New England. In 2015 the 20-piece Orchestra opened for Deanna Martin, (Dean’s daughter), and Bobby Rydell, in Enfield, CT.
Sam resides in Wilbraham, MA with his wife Peggy who continues to assist him with his afterretirement projects. He is on the Board of Directors of the AAA, ATAM, and a member of the MAAA.