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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.

Haas, Gaylen

  • Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2008)

Gaylen Haas; undated Gaylen Haas; 2008 Gaylen Haas; 2008

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Hahn, Harry (1899 – 1972)

  • Kane, Illinois
  • Musician

Harry and Walter Hahn; undated

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Hahn, Walter Sr. (1907 – 1994)

  • Kane, Illinois
  • Musician

Harry and Walter Hahn; undated

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Halkoski, Jerry (1939 – )

  • Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
  • Musician, Promoter (Polka DJ)
  • Bands: The Julida Boys, Jerry’s Melody Notes, The Happy Notes
  • Honors: Euro-American (1995)

Jerry Halkoski; undated Jerry Halkoski; undated

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Halvorson, Ed

  • Mesa, Arizona
  • Promoter (Events – E&L Entertainment)

Ed and Lois Halvorson; 2009

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Halvorson, Lois

  • Mesa, Arizona
  • Promoter (Events – E & L Entertainment)

Ed and Lois Halvorson; 2009

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Hartwich, Karl

  • Trempealeau, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader (Karl and The Country Dutchmen), Musician
  • Bands: Karl and The Country Dutchmen
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2005)

Karl Hartwich and Syl Liebl (Photo by Theo Pelletier); undated Karl Hartwich; 2007

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Hasenohrl, Charlie

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Charlie Hasenohrl; 2007

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Hause, Eddie

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Eddie Hause; 2006 Eddie Hause; 2007

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Hawkins, Joanne

  • Nenana, Alaska
  • Musician

Joanne Hawkins; 2006 Joanne Hawkins; 2007

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Helget, Johnny

  • New Ulm, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: The Johnny Helget Band
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2016)

Johnny Helget; 2005

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Helget, Leon

  • Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2016)

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Hengel, Christy (1922 – 2007)

  • Sleepy Eye, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Manufacturer (Hengel Concertina), Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1990)

Christy Hengel; undated Christy Hengel; 1955 Christy Hengel; 1975 Christy Hengel; undated

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Henkel, Kenneth L. (1938 – 2015)

  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2010)

Ken Henkel; 2007 Ken Henkel; 2008

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Herda, Jim

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Musician, Promoter (Concertina Lounge), Teacher
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1977)

Jim Herda; undated

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Herdengen, Cyril (1908 – 2010)

  • Mukwonago, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Special Note: The photo below is of Cyril celebrating his 101st birthday. Cyril passed away in April 2010, just shy of his 102nd birthday. He really enjoyed playing the concertina.

Cyril Herdengen; 2008

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Hergenrother, Al

  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2011)

Al Hergenrother; 2008 Al Hergenrother; 2009

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Hermann, Ed

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Innovator (Condensed Keyboard), Musician, Technician (Star Concertina)
  • Bands: Star Concertina Club
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1978)

Ed Hermann; 1978

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Hermel, Cliff

  • St. Peter, Minnesota
  • Promoter (Gibbon Ballroom)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1993)

Cliff Hermel; 1993

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Hermel, Katie

  • St. Peter, Minnesota
  • Promoter (Gibbon Ballroom)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1993)

Cliff Hermel; 1993

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Herrmann, Virgil (Butch) (1947 – )

  • Belle Plaine, Minnesota
  • Musician
  • Bands: Czech Area Concertina Club, Sam’s Concertina Band

Butch Herrmann (Photo by Al Block); 2003 Butch Herrmann (Photo by Al Block); 2004 Butch Herrmann, Dave Czaja and Ken Yagelski; 2005

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Hodkiewicz, Richard

  • Pulaski, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Richard Hodkiewicz; unknown Richard Hodkiewicz; unknown

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Holtz, Henry (1915 – 2007)

  • Muskegon, Michigan
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2002)

Henry Holtz; 2002

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Homel, Casey (1942 – 2007)

  • Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Casey Homel and The World’s Honkiest Polka Band, Chicago Concertina All-Stars, Jerry Zahara’s Happy Stars
  • Honors: United Polka Association – Best Concertina Player (1996), United Polka Association – Best Trumpet Player (1994)

Casey Homel; undated Casey Homel; undated

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Honer, Jim

  • Saint Cloud, Minnesota
  • Musician

Jim Honer; undated Jim Honer; undated

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Horazdovsky, Jim

  • Faribault, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: James Gang Band

Jim Horazdovsky; 2013 Jim Horazdovsky; 2016 Jim Horazdovsky; 2016

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Hrica, George (1922 – 2005)

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Innovator (MIDI systems), Musician, Teacher
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1976)

George Hrica, Bill Moltz and Ann Moltz; 1966 George Hrica and Ron Buczko; undated George Hrica; undated George Hrica; 1991

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Huder, Ed

  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Musician

Ed Huder; 1991

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Hyatt, Charlie

  • Pleasant Valley, Connecticut
  • Musician
  • Bands: Happy Harmony Boys, Jan Cyman’s Musicalaires
  • Honors: United States Polka Association – Best Song: Maurice Don’t Do That

Charlie Hyatt and Charlie Tansek; 2008

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Hylok, Dennis

  • Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Dennis Hylok; undated

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Hylok, Louie

  • Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Louie Hylok; 2009 Louie Hylok; 2009

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