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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.

Gag, Johnny (1939 – 2015)

  • North Mankato, Minnesota
  • Musician
  • Bands: Norm Wilke and the Little Fishermen, The Katzenjammers, The Six Fat Dutchmen
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2009)

Johnny Gag; undated Johnny Gag; 2009

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Gagnon, Thomas (1971 – )

Thomas Gagnon; 2005 Thomas Gagnon; 2005 Thomas Gagnon; 2007

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Gajewski, Max

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1979)

Max Gajewski; undated

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Gavlik, John (1919 – 2005)

  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1996)

John Gavlik; 1996

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Gawlak, Troy

  • Canton, Ohio
  • Musician
  • Bands: The Honky Express

Troy Gawlak; 2005

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Georgi, Otto E. (1869 – 1937)

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Musician, Promoter (Chicago Concertina Club), Retailer (Pearl Queen Concertina), Teacher
  • Bands: Chicago Concertina Club

Otto Georgi; undated

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Gerovac, Emil (1924 – 2013)

  • Franklin, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Emil Gerovac; undated Emil Gerovac; 1980

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Gibson, Eddie

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Musician
  • Bands: Henny and The Versa Jays, Polka Dynamics, Fiddlin’ Around Band

Eddie Gibson and Li'l Wally; 1977

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Giese, Albert

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2000)

Albert Giese; undated

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Glass, Ernest

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Manufacturer (Glass Concertina), Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1976)

Ernest Glass; 1945

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Glass, Otto

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Manufacturer (Glass Concertina), Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1976)

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Glass, Paul

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Manufacturer (Glass Concertina), Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1976)

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Glaz, Richie

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Musician
  • Bands: Tommy Altenburg and The Hap-E-Notes, The Chicago Polka Machine, Joe Walega and The Happy Hearts, Take Five

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Gliniecki, Ronald

  • Marathon, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Ronald Gliniecki; 2009

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Glysz, Gerard (Buddy) (1927 – 2012)

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2003)

Gerrard Glysz; 2003 Gerrard Glysz; 2006 Gerrard Glysz; 2006

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Goblirsch, Cletus

  • New Ulm, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2001)

Cletus Goblirsch; 2001

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Gomulka, Lenny (1950 – )

  • Ludlow, Massachusetts
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Lenny Gomulka and The Chicago Push, Marion Lush, Li’l Wally, Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones, Tones
  • Honors: International Polka Association – Polka Music Hall of Fame, International Polka Association, United States Polka Association, United Polka Association – Multi-Award Winner, Multiple Grammy nominations

Lenny Gomulka; unknown

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Gorak, Bernie III

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Musician
  • Bands: Polka Generations
  • Honors: United States Polka Association – New Horizon Award (2010)

Bernie Gorak III; 2015

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Grabowski, Stanley

  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Musician, Teacher
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1999)

Stanley Grabowski; 1999

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Gracyalny, Gary

  • Pulaski, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Gary Gracyalny; 2009

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Gralak, Don (1952 – 2004)

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Musician, Teacher
  • Bands: Don Gralak Orchestra
  • Honors: Wisconsin Area Music Industry – Band of the Year Nominee (1988), Wisconsin Area Music Industry – Band of the Year (1989), Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame (2001)

Don Gralak; unknown

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Granda, Rufus (Rufie)

  • Carlton, Minnesota
  • Musician

Rufie Granda; 2008

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Grawien, Andrew

  • Merrill, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Andrew Grawien; 2009

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Greub, Lou

  • River Falls, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Lou Greub; 2008

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Groshek, Paul

  • Amherst Junction, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Bands: Polka Country Drifters

Paul Groshek; 2009

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Gruetzmacher, Dan

  • Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Composer, Musician, Promoter (President – World Concertina Congress)
  • Bands: Dan Gruetzmacher Orchestra
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1979)

Dan Gruetzmacher; undated Dan and Sue Gruetzmacher; 2005 Dan Gruetzmacher; 2006 Dan Gruetzmacher; 2006

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Gruetzmacher, Sue

  • Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Promoter
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1998)

Sue Gruetzmacher; 1998 Dan and Sue Gruetzmacher; 2005

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Grunenwald, Milton

  • Sussex, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1991)

Milton Gruenwald; 1991

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Grygiel, Walter

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Musician

Walter Grygiel; 2007

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Gula, William

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Musician, Promoter, Teacher
  • Bands: Dual Image, Prime Drive, Dynasticks, Windy City Brass, Chicago’s Milwaukee Avenue, Stas’ Golonka and the Chicago Masters, EZ-Tones, Ampol Aires, Chicago Image
  • Honors: United Polka Association – Trumpet Player of the Year (1987)

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Gunn, Shannon

  • Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1998)

Shannon Gunn; 1998

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Gwost, Marlene Grettel

  • Sauk Centre, Minnesota
  • Musician
  • Bands: Nite Owls

Marlene Grettel Gwost; 2004

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