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  • Carol Witherbee Interview
    Audio       Carol Witherbee is a vocalist, music educator, choir director, plays the dulcimer and has directed local theatrical productions. She began her career in the Alpena Public Schools teaching music in the elementary classroom in the late 1960s.
    Audio     Carol Witherbee is a vocalist, music educator, choir director, plays the dulcimer and has directed local theatrical productions. She began her career in the Alpena Public Schools teaching music in ...
  • Stan Bartreau Interview
    Audio       Stan Bartreau started playing guitar in a country band called The Ranch Hands in 1948, along with Ed Perkins and Howie Arnold. He continues to play music today in area nursing homes and can be found joining a jam session at The Maplewood Tavern on a Friday night. Lu Bartreau, ...
    Audio     Stan Bartreau started playing guitar in a country band called The Ranch Hands in 1948, along with Ed Perkins and Howie Arnold. He continues to play music today in area ...
  • Richard Kosloski Interview
    Audio       Not to be confused with two other musicians of the same name, Richard N. Kosloski began playing banjo with his father at the age of eight. He later picked up the accordion, and his expertise with that instrument earned him an induction into The Michigan Polka Hall of Fame in ...
    Audio     Not to be confused with two other musicians of the same name, Richard N. Kosloski began playing banjo with his father at the age of eight. He later picked up ...
  • Jim Weeks Interview
    AudioImageText       Jim Weeks, guitarist and radiologist, makes music with fellow doctor, Dave Larkin, in a band called House Call. They've performed locally at the Guitar Summit, the Thunder Bay Folk Festival and in the summer, you can find them on the shore of Grand Lake keeping the seanachie tradition alive. In ...
    AudioImageText     Jim Weeks, guitarist and radiologist, makes music with fellow doctor, Dave Larkin, in a band called House Call. They've performed locally at the Guitar Summit, the Thunder Bay Folk Festival ...
  • Jim LaCross Interview
    AudioImageTextcomment       Jim LaCross started playing sax and clarinet in local Alpena bands in the 1950's- including theThe Jim LaCross Trio, The Monarchs and The Kombo Katz. In 1960 Jim set off on tour with the Hal Wallace Quartet, a traveling show band that had been playing at Twin Acres. Jim was ...
    AudioImageTextcomment     Jim LaCross started playing sax and clarinet in local Alpena bands in the 1950's- including theThe Jim LaCross Trio, The Monarchs and The Kombo Katz. In 1960 Jim set off ...
  • Jerry Ruczynski Interview
    Audio       Jerry Ruczynski got his start filling in for Bob LaMarre's drummer when he was in grade school. Initially inspired by Bobby Rigg's sparkle blue snare drum, Jerry's first drum set consisted of sand filled cigar boxes.Jerry went on to work with The Tom Ferguson Quartet, The Dolly Gray Band, and ...
    Audio     Jerry Ruczynski got his start filling in for Bob LaMarre's drummer when he was in grade school. Initially inspired by Bobby Rigg's sparkle blue snare drum, Jerry's first drum set ...
  • Norm Seiss Interview
    Audio       Born and raised in Alpena, Norm Seiss has played accordion and been involved in the music business for over 65 years. Inducted into the Michigan Polka Hall of Fame in 2001, Norm's music focuses on German style oompah music, polkas and waltzes. In this interview, Norm discusses the passage of ...
    Audio     Born and raised in Alpena, Norm Seiss has played accordion and been involved in the music business for over 65 years. Inducted into the Michigan Polka Hall of Fame in ...
  • Greg Altman Interview
    Audio       A lifelong musician, Greg Altman has been playing guitar for twenty years. For most of that time he has played as a solo artist and with numerous local artists, in a variety of venues throughout Northeast Michigan. For more than a decade, Greg performed in and produced concerts to benefit ...
    Audio     A lifelong musician, Greg Altman has been playing guitar for twenty years. For most of that time he has played as a solo artist and with numerous local artists, in ...
  • Bonnie Bartz Interview
    AudioImageText       Bonnie Bartz is the lead vocalist of Alpena's Wild Rose, a group that offers a mix of blues, classic R & B, and Rock. She is also a founding member of the Thunder Bay Folk Society and president of its board. In this interview, Bonnie talks about her musical background, ...
    AudioImageText     Bonnie Bartz is the lead vocalist of Alpena's Wild Rose, a group that offers a mix of blues, classic R & B, and Rock. She is also a founding member ...
  • Loretta Beyer Interview
    Audio       Area piano teacher and performer, Loretta Beyer talks about her roles in the Alpena music scene as well as her own music education in Zimbabwe.
    Audio     Area piano teacher and performer, Loretta Beyer talks about her roles in the Alpena music scene as well as her own music education in Zimbabwe.
  • John Marzean Interview
    AudioImageText       Guitarist John Marzean began taking lessons from Alvin Ash at age 6. At the age of 19, he played with Wickes and Company, a country band from Hillman, Michigan. These days, you can hear John play in the Norm Seiss Band, The Over the Hill Band and at Maplewood Tavern ...
    AudioImageText     Guitarist John Marzean began taking lessons from Alvin Ash at age 6. At the age of 19, he played with Wickes and Company, a country band from Hillman, Michigan. These ...
  • Don Deadman Interview
    AudioImageTextcomment       A native of Alpena, Don Deadman was born into a musical family and began playing music at the age of one. In addition to teaching music and owning a music store in downtown Alpena, Don led a variety of local bands, preferring jazz, but comfortable in many styles. Don's father, ...
    AudioImageTextcomment     A native of Alpena, Don Deadman was born into a musical family and began playing music at the age of one. In addition to teaching music and owning a music ...
  • Carey Deadman Interview
    AudioImageText       Renown studio trumpet player, teacher, and orchestrator, Carey Deadman got his roots in music in Alpena. Locaaly, Carey took private lessons from Dave Antolini, studied with Brad Moors and John Hopkins and toured nationally with the Young Americans while he was at Alpena High School. In his professional career, he ...
    AudioImageText     Renown studio trumpet player, teacher, and orchestrator, Carey Deadman got his roots in music in Alpena. Locaaly, Carey took private lessons from Dave Antolini, studied with Brad Moors and John ...
  • Diana Madsen Interview
    Audio       Diane Madsen and her husband moved to Alpena from Brimley, Michigan in 1972. Playing bass guitar to Neil's lead, the Madsen's performed locally in Two's Company, and were later joined by Dick Laney in Three's Company. Later Diane joined Carol Witherbee and Carole Cadarette in Three on a String, then ...
    Audio     Diane Madsen and her husband moved to Alpena from Brimley, Michigan in 1972. Playing bass guitar to Neil's lead, the Madsen's performed locally in Two's Company, and were later joined ...
  • Glenn Anderson Interview
    Audio       Guitar player Glenn Anderson talks about playing music in the Alpena area, in Texas and recording in Nashville.Glenn plays country music primarily and some polka music as well. He started out with locally with Bussey String Band and discusses other players and venues in this interview.
    Audio     Guitar player Glenn Anderson talks about playing music in the Alpena area, in Texas and recording in Nashville.Glenn plays country music primarily and some polka music as well. He started ...
  • Greg Adamus Interview
    AudioImageText       Greg Adamus earned his chops playing weddings and funerals with his dad's bands in West Detroit. After receiving degrees in both music and educational administration, Greg and his wife Betsy moved to Alpena in 1988. Greg was instrumental in shaping the music scene in the area through the Thunder Bay ...
    AudioImageText     Greg Adamus earned his chops playing weddings and funerals with his dad's bands in West Detroit. After receiving degrees in both music and educational administration, Greg and his wife Betsy ...
  • Bates Interview
    AudioImageText       The first time Wayne Bates played guitar in a bar he was around 12 years old, and the bar was The Bolton Bar. Wayne learned to play fiddle at the age of 10, then Hawaiian and Spanish guitar. He likes playing old time country and continues to play in the ...
    AudioImageText     The first time Wayne Bates played guitar in a bar he was around 12 years old, and the bar was The Bolton Bar. Wayne learned to play fiddle at the ...
  • Cal Howard Interview
    Audio       Coming from a musical family, Cal's love for music began at the early age of five and was influenced by his travels growing up in a military family. While his father was stationed in Hawaii, Cal learned traditional Hawaiian music and torch dancing which contributed in developing a passion for ...
    Audio     Coming from a musical family, Cal's love for music began at the early age of five and was influenced by his travels growing up in a military family. While his ...
  • James Rasche Interview
    Audiocomment       August 2016 James Rasche began playing guitar at the age of 14 and performed in the local Alcona music scene. In this interview, James talks about some of his early years playing at the Mountain Inn, Slanty Shanty, and Rainbow Lounge, as well as many local festivals, dances, and parties ...
    Audiocomment     August 2016 James Rasche began playing guitar at the age of 14 and performed in the local Alcona music scene. In this interview, James talks about some of his early ...
  • A. K. Best Interview
    Audio       A.K. and Jan Best moved to Alpena from Iowa in 1963. A.K.'s work in the music department of Alpena County Schools, including curriculum development, is legendary. In this interview, A.K. recounts his 17 years in Alpena and emphasizes the importance of music in the school curriculum.
    Audio     A.K. and Jan Best moved to Alpena from Iowa in 1963. A.K.'s work in the music department of Alpena County Schools, including curriculum development, is legendary. In this interview, A.K. ...
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Musicians of Northeast Michigan