August 2015 Mary Ann Hubbard talks about her role as an music educator and performer. She has taught music at ACC, Blue Lakes Fine Art Camp, Resurrection Lutheran Church School of Music and privately. MaryAnn performs in the Alpena Symphony Orchestra, The Windsong Quartet and organizes the annual "Flute and...
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.
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 this...
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2015 Carole Cadarette began playing music at the age of 14 with The Cadarette Family Band. Starting out on keyboards, she took up the autoharp in 1979 and performed with Carol Witherbee and Diane Madsen to form Three on A String. Currently Carole performs solo as a vocalist and keyboardist around...
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...
Born in 1907, Sid Pugh led and played in Alpena area
dance bands for over half a century. Sid's early training included violin lessons with Professor William Burgard. His first gig was at The German Hall, now Nowicki's Sausage Shop. In addition to his own bands, Sid played in the traveliing Elks...
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,...
Butch Lyon got his start in music in East Jordan, Michigan playing with his dad's band, The Bundy Mountain Jamboree. The band was featured on a Saturday morning radio show on WATZ hosted by Ralph Diethelm.
In this interview, the Lyons talk about Butch's career, including a bus tour across the...
...;Huey Lewis recorded one of the videos
at this place, cuz they got there start in places like this. And what you do, they have a PA and they have the lights. So you bring your equipment in and you do a showcase for somebody, like Bill Graham being there that night to see this band. You do a showcase, and you...
September 1, 2015
... all this sound stuff, and my son, Austin is real into video
editing, and playing the drums. Between the two of them, they've got a lot of experience already. They've done some great music videos
with my daughter, um, over the years - I mean, we've got some, I think they date...
2015 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.
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 The...
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, his wife of 67 years,...
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 2007. Richard had a...
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.