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  • Lois Centala on her father, musician Bill Jerome
  • John Marzean Interview
        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 ...
      Guitarist John Marzean began taking lessons from Alvin Ash at age 6. ...
  • Bonnie Bartz Interview
        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, ...
      Bonnie Bartz is the lead vocalist of Alpena's Wild Rose, a group ...
  • Don Deadman Interview
        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, ...
      A native of Alpena, Don Deadman was born into a musical family ...
  • Carey Deadman Interview
        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 ...
      Renown studio trumpet player, teacher, and orchestrator, Carey Deadman got his roots ...
  • Greg Adamus Interview
        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 ...
      Greg Adamus earned his chops playing weddings and funerals with his dad's ...
  • Bates Interview
        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 ...
      The first time Wayne Bates played guitar in a bar he was ...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Mike Centala and Mark Nowak Interview
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Musicians of Northeast Michigan