New Generation: Joe Petosa Sr.
When he was old enough to work, Carlo Petosa’s son, Joe, began learning his father's trade. Joe began playing the accordion at age 10 under the tutelage of Joe Parente and Anthony Facciuto. By age 12, it became apparent that Joe could become a serious musician. But, he also had a keen interest in learning the craft of building accordions, and his father was eager to teach him. Joe recalls that he was faced with a difficult decision, as there was not time for hours of practice if he wanted to devote himself to learning the complex trade of accordion building. Joe made the difficult choice to follow in his father’s footsteps, focusing on the art of building accordions rather than playing them as a career. Reflecting on this choice, Joe has come to the conclusion that in reality he had little, if any choice: ‘My brother became a school teacher and my sister got married, so I was left to join the family business’. Regardless of the reason, we can be sure that Carlo was pleased that his son, Joe, made the eventful decision.