A Maryland resident all of her life, Joan studied piano and dance in her youth.By the age of 22, she had a degree in piano performance and music education, and was the director of the Columbia International Folk Dancers.
At the age of 23, Joan taught herself to play the accordion to accompany the Bulgarian and Macedonian dances she was teaching and performing.She was the accordionist for the Balkan/Gypsy band, BAMCO for 18 years, and also performed in Klezmer and Bavarian groups during those years.
Joan was the Vice-President of the Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society (WMAS) from 2004 to 2016 and its Musical Director since 2004. She is also the director of its performing group, the Potomac Accordion Ensemble.She is on the Governing Board of the American Accordionists’ Association (AAA) and is its historian.
Joan and her husband Dan own the mail-order business, “SqueezinArt”, which features Joan’s artwork on “all things accordion.”The Graumans also founded and directed an annual accordion orchestra camp, the Frank Marocco/Mesa Accordion Event, from 2007 to 2014.