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  • Kendziorski Interview
        'Way Out Wayne' Kendziorski has been entertaining audiences and influencing other musicians for decades. Wayne started forming bands in high school- the likes of Pendulum and The Rutt. He later moving to Detroit where he performed for many years with the Rick Hall Band and The RH Factor- highlighted by ...
      'Way Out Wayne' Kendziorski has been entertaining audiences and influencing other musicians ...
  • Kaltrider Interview
        Trinity Episcopal Church organist Bill Kaltrider's story begins as a lad in Owosso, Michigan who was fascinated with organs. In this interview, Bill and his wife Pat recount his career in music- from sneaking into churches for some playtime on the organ, to touring with the Blue Jacket Navy Choir, ...
      Trinity Episcopal Church organist Bill Kaltrider's story begins as a lad in ...
  • Clarise Grzenkowicz Interview
        Lifetime Long Lake Resident, Clarise Grzenkowicz talks about working as a cutter at The Alpena Garment Factory from 1935-40. In addition to discussing the working environment at the factory, Clarise describes day to day life in Alpena at that time.
      Lifetime Long Lake Resident, Clarise Grzenkowicz talks about working as a cutter ...
  • Bobby Rigg Interview
        Bobby Rigg started playing drums under the tutelage of his dad Tubby Rigg, then played drums at St. Bernard's and in the City Band. Enamored by the sounds of rock and roll, he formed the band The Chevelles with Ralph Pinkerton, Donny Hartman and Jack Smolinski. Their success in the ...
      Bobby Rigg started playing drums under the tutelage of his dad Tubby ...
  • Butch and Jo Lyon Interview
        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 ...
      Butch Lyon got his start in music in East Jordan, Michigan playing ...
  • Diana Madsen Interview
        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 ...
      Diane Madsen and her husband moved to Alpena from Brimley, Michigan in ...
  • Dan Ager Interview
        Local guitar player and vocalist Dan Ager began playing regular gigs at the age of 15. He attended the music program at Olivet College for two years, recorde in Nashville, and has performed throughout Michigan, in many states and Canada. Dan has performed in concerts with Moe Bandy, Susie Nelson, ...
      Local guitar player and vocalist Dan Ager began playing regular gigs at ...
  • Norm Seiss Interview
        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 ...
      Born and raised in Alpena, Norm Seiss has played accordion and been ...
  • Greg Altman Interview
        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 ...
      A lifelong musician, Greg Altman has been playing guitar for twenty years. ...
  • Jerry Ruczynski Interview
        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 ...
      Jerry Ruczynski got his start filling in for Bob LaMarre's drummer when ...
  • Loretta Beyer Interview
        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.
      Area piano teacher and performer, Loretta Beyer talks about her roles in ...
  • Carole Cadarette Interview
        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 ...
      Carole Cadarette began playing music at the age of 14 with The ...
  • Stan Bartreau Interview
        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, ...
      Stan Bartreau started playing guitar in a country band called The Ranch ...
  • Richard Kosloski Interview
        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 ...
      Not to be confused with two other musicians of the same name, ...
  • Al Zdan Interview
        Local session bass guitarist, Al Zdan, first began playing professionally in the 1953.He built his own double-neck guitar which can be seen in the photo of the group The Monarchs. Al has played with numerous bands including, The Nomads, The Harmony Boys, Johnny Woloszyk and the Polka Jacks, The Belusar ...
      Local session bass guitarist, Al Zdan, first began playing professionally in the ...
  • A. K. Best Interview
        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.
      A.K. and Jan Best moved to Alpena from Iowa in 1963. A.K.'s ...
  • Carl Henry at Rotary Club
        Carl Henry at Bell Bay Village home, Presque Isle, Michigan, c 1915.
      Carl Henry at Bell Bay Village home, Presque Isle, Michigan, c 1915.
  • Federal Building
        The U.S. Federal Building along the Thunder Bay River in Alpena, Michigan, 1981. The U.S. Coast Guard occupied a portion of the building for several years.
      The U.S. Federal Building along the Thunder Bay River in Alpena, Michigan, ...
  • Federal Building
        The U.S. Federal Building along the Thunder Bay River in Alpena, Michigan, 1981. The U.S. Coast Guard occupied a portion of the building for several years.
      The U.S. Federal Building along the Thunder Bay River in Alpena, Michigan, ...
  • Ann Taber's Finding Alpena's Roots
        This marrated slide show was a group project for a graduate class offered though Central Michigan University. It reviews and explains some of the resources available to study the history and people of Alpena.
      This marrated slide show was a group project for a graduate class ...
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