This father and son duo from Stockton, in the heart of the Central Valley of California, have been playing together for 35 years.
Steve Trucco began taking lessons in 1949 at the age of 10. His teacher, John Pisacco, was trained by the Pezzolo brothers of San Francisco and at that time was the finest teacher in the valley. Mr. Pisacco stressed good timing and an articulate touch on both keyboard and basses. After six years of training and countless hours of practice with his sister Eva watching and listening closely, Steve began his professional career with a small four-piece group in the Stockton area. That was 68 years ago. Today, Steve, 78 years young and happily married to Judy Burke-Trucco, still loves to play music and is available for weddings, parties or wherever they will let him play.
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Steve’s son Michael began his accordion training under Pam Turbetti-Motto, also of Stockton, at nine years old. He began his professional career five years later in his father’s group playing at many weddings and dances all throughout the valley. Upon his completion of college in 2001, he returned to Stockton to continue the tradition his father began back in the fifties…bringing smiles to the faces of all the dancers and listeners his father has entertained over the years and still continues to today. Michael now 41years old balances him time between his father’s band and is also the keyboard player for LongTime, Northern California’s Premier Boston Tribute Band. He is the proud father of two beautiful girls, Chloe and Eva and is devoted to his fiancée Lisa Mills.
In October of 2016 Steve had the honor of playing the old Northern Italian Style Music in Tre fontane, Italy. Together, Steve and Michael play mostly Italian waltzes and polkas, mixing in a few standards from the 40’s and 50’s, where Michael handles the vocals. They have played at the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention, and on occasion, the Italian Festival at the El Dorado in Reno, Nevada, as well as performing several times at the Cotati Accordion Festival, The Lodi Grape Festival several Northern California Accordion Clubs, Valtarese Foundation Scholarship Dinner in New York and has been featured at the Victory Park Concert Series every year since its inception.
Their unique style of playing duets has been honed to almost an art form. Even though they are two separate accordionists, when they play together, they seem to meld into a single accordionist.