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USConcertina.com has assembled a list of Concertina People; individuals who have made a contribution to the chemnitzer concertina through their efforts as bandleaders, composers, innovators, manufacturers, musicians, promoters, retailers, teachers and technicians. Each person is listed by name with basic information about them as well as their contribution to the concertina.

You can browse the list of Concertina People by selecting one of the individual letters from the menu above. Each page includes a list of last names that begin with only that letter. The Search feature may be helpful for finding specific people.

Carr, Norman

  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1990)

Norman Carr; 1990

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Carroll, John

  • New York
  • Musician
  • Bands: Buffalo Concertina All-Stars

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Chandler, Chet

  • Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Bands: Milwaukee Music Makers

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Check, John F. (1921 – 2013)

  • Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Composer, Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1981), International Polka Association Hall of Fame (1991), Wisconsin Polka Music Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement Award (2005)

John Check; undated John Check; undated John Check; 2006

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Checkalski, Arnie (1936 – )

  • Rice Lake, Wisconsin
  • Composer, Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2014)

Arnie Checkalski; 1970 Arnie Checkalski; 2004 Arnie Checkalski; 2005

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Checkalski, Rodney

  • Wisconsin
  • Musician

Rodney Checkalski; 1991

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Chojnacki, Ray

  • Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Ray Chojnacki; 2014

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Cholewa, Al

  • LaPorte, Indiana
  • Musician
  • Bands: St. Joe Concertina Club

Clarence Tylisz, Al Cholewa, Carol Thomas; unknown

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Choors, Edmond

  • Illinois
  • Musician

Edmond Choors; 1991

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Chronowski, James

  • Saginaw, Michigan
  • Musician
  • Bands: Dynadukes, Chicago Masters

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Chwojdak, Greg

  • New York
  • Musician
  • Bands: Buffalo Concertina All-Stars

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Cichowski, Larry

  • Somerset, New Jersey
  • Musician

Larry Cichowski; 2005

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Cipriani, Ralph

  • Tallahassee, Florida
  • Composer, Musician

Ralph Cipriani; 2006

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Coffiey, Chris

  • Wilmington, Delaware
  • Musician

Chris Coffiey; 2007

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Coopman, Ernie A. (1933 – 1998)

  • Mankato, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2004)

Ernie Coopman; undated Ernie Coopman; undated

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Czaja, David

  • Danbury, Wisconsin
  • Musician, Promoter (Czech Area Concertina Club)

Butch Herrmann, Dave Czaja and Ken Yagelski; 2005 Dave Czaja; 2009

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Czarnezki, Kerry

  • Cicero, Illinois
  • Musician

Kerry Czarnezki; 1991

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Czerniak, Alvin

  • Hot Springs, Arizona
  • Musician, Promoter (First Union Concertina Club)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1995)

Al Czneriak; 1995

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Czerniak, Bill (1946 – 2002)

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Bill Czerniak Concertina Band, Mrozinski Brothers, Polka Soul
  • Honors: International Polka Association – Polka Music Hall of Fame (1992), United Polka Association – Concertina Player of the Year (1989), Minnesota Music Academy – Concertina Player of the Year (1987 and 1988), Erie Polka Days – Best Polka Fisherman (1985), World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2001)

Bill Czerniak and Jerry Zelazny; undated Bill Czerniak; 2001

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Czerniak, Joseph F. (1923 – 2016)

  • Duluth, Minnesota
  • Musician, Promoter (concertina club), Teacher
  • Bands: Duluth Polka Dots, Lake Superior Concertina Club
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1981), International Polka Association – Hall Of Fame (1989), Ironworld Polka Hall Of Fame (2000)

Joe Czneriak; undated Joe Czerniak; 2005

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Czerniak, Mary Lou

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Musician
  • Bands: Polka Soul

Mary Lou Czerniak; 2003

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