Joan Grauman was born in Washington, DC in 1954, and has lived in Maryland ever since. She began studying piano at age 6. In her early teens, Joan studied international folk dancing and began teaching, performing and choreographing ethnic dances. By the age of 18, she was the co-director of the Columbia (Maryland) International Folk Dancers and later directed their performing ensemble. At age 23, after completing a degree in music education and piano performance, Joan picked up her father's accordion, taught herself to play and specialized in European folk dance music.

She was the accordionist in a Balkan/Gypsy band for 18 years (1983-2001), played in Dale Wise’s Accordion Plus Players band (1987-1999) and was the accompanist for two acclaimed Klezmer clarinetists, Daniel Rozas and Fred Jacobowitz. She was the accordionist for the Baltimore German/Austrian dance group, GTV Immergrun for many years. In 2004, Joan started the Potomac Accordion Ensemble, which she still directs. This group of nine accordionists performs at accordion conventions and local venues. Joan teaches accordion, and is the Vice President and orchestra conductor of the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society. She is on the governing board of the American Accordionists' Association and is the organization's historian.

Also an artist, Joan had her first art exhibit at the age of 16 and has worked as a free-lance illustrator ever since. Her artwork can be found on menus, logos, calendars, children's books, jewelry and t-shirts all over the world. Joan and her husband, Dan, own and operate the mail-order business, SqueezinArt, which features her artwork on gifts for accordionists. They are also the directors of the annual Frank Marocco Accordion Event in Mesa, Arizona.

Joan and Dan Grauman currently reside in Frederick, Maryland in a home lovingly filled with "all things accordion". They are the proud parents of three and grandparents of two.
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