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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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Bill Lawrence  Interview
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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Carol Witherbee Interview
        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.
      Carol Witherbee is a vocalist, music educator, choir director, plays the dulcimer ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Doug Pugh Interview Regarding His Father, Sid Pugh
        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 ...
      Born in 1907, Sid Pugh led and played in Alpena area dance ...
  • 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.
  • Glenn Anderson Interview
        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.
      Guitar player Glenn Anderson talks about playing music in the Alpena area, ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
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Musicians of Northeast Michigan