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  • 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 ...
  • MaryAnn Hubbard Interview
        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 Friends" concert.
      Mary Ann Hubbard talks about her role as an music educator and ...
  • 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 ...
  • Lois Centala on her father, musician Bill Jerome
  • Bill Lawrence  Interview
  • Randy Ladkau Interview
  • Marvis McNeil Interview
        St. Paul Lutheran Church organist Marvis McNeil recounts her life in music from her roots in Alpena to playing the violin in regional orchestras,and piano in supper clubs and private parties. Marvis talks about her musical family as well as her musical achievements in the Alpena Public School system.
      St. Paul Lutheran Church organist Marvis McNeil recounts her life in music ...
  • James Rasche Interview
        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 ...
      August 2016 James Rasche began playing guitar at the age of 14 ...
  • Clint Kirchoff Interview
        At age 10, Clint Kirchoff received his first accordion from a Norwegian family in Leer, MI. He studied piano with Mrs. Douville while he was in high school. Clint played local dances and weddings in the area before he began sailing on the cement boats in 1949. He was often ...
      At age 10, Clint Kirchoff received his first accordion from a Norwegian ...
  • Doug and Eve Allyn Interview
        Husband and wife, Doug and Eve Allyn, worked professionally in rock and roll bands for over 35 years. Both natives of Northeast Michigan, the Allyns talk about their formative years in the Alpena area and their experiences working as musicians in Taiwan while Doug was stationed during the Vietnam War. ...
      Husband and wife, Doug and Eve Allyn, worked professionally in rock and ...
  • Cal Howard Interview
        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 ...
      Coming from a musical family, Cal's love for music began at the ...
  • Ernest (Ernie) Walker Interview
        The music and words of local country music artist, Ernest Walker.
      The music and words of local country music artist, Ernest Walker.
  • Jim LaCross Interview
        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 ...
      Jim LaCross started playing sax and clarinet in local Alpena bands in ...
  • Mike Centala and Mark Nowak Interview
  • Jim Weeks Interview
        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 ...
      Jim Weeks, guitarist and radiologist, makes music with fellow doctor, Dave Larkin, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
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Musicians of Northeast Michigan