People P

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.

Pajakowski, Matthew ( – 1941)

  • Buffalo, New York
  • Composer, Musician, Teacher
  • Bands: Matt Pajakowski Orchestra
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1976)

Matthew Pajakowski; undated

Back to Top

Palma, George

  • Brownton, Minnesota
  • Musician

George Palma; 2007 Kevin Ruprecht and George Palma; undated

Back to Top

Paluch, George M. ( – 1954)

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Bandleader, Composer (Georgi-Vitak, Sajewski, Vitak-Elsnic, and Sajewski Publishing music companies), Musician, Promoter (Central Concertina Club), Teacher
  • Bands: George M. Paluch’s Concertina Syncopators, George M. Paluch’s Concertina Orchestra, Georgie Masters Orchestra
  • Honors: Virtuoso Music School, Buffalo, New York – Professor of Music (1931)
  • A brief history of Professor George M. Paluch

George M. Paluch Concertina Orchestra; unknown

Back to Top

Paluszewski, Stanley

  • Allegan, Michigan
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1997)

Stanley Paluszewski; 1997

Back to Top

Panfil, Carl (1931 – 2005)

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Carl Panfil & the Melodiers
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2003)

Carl Panfil; 2003

Back to Top

Paprocki, Jim

  • Mukwonago, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Jim Paprocki; 2006 Jim Paprocki; 2006 Jim Paprocki; 2008 Hank Jacobs and Jim Paprocki; 2009

Back to Top

Paprocki, Stanley

  • Bay View, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Stanley Paprocki; 1920

Back to Top

Pasternak, Teddy (Li’l Teddy)

  • Phelps, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Li’l Teddy Polka Band

Back to Top

Patek, Rudolph (Rudy) (1896 – 1982)

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Composer, Musician, Retailer (Patek Concertina)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1976)

Rudy Patek; undated Rudy Patek; undated Charles Blim and Rudy Patek; 1924 Rudy Patek; undated

Back to Top

Pauers, George

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

George Pauers; 2003

Back to Top

Pavlik, Ed

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Musician

Ed Pavlik, Emil Kucera and Ted Kush; undated

Back to Top

Pawelczyk, Diane

  • Westmount, Illinois
  • Musician

Diane Pawelczyk; 2009

Back to Top

Peirick, Edward O. (1915 – 2006)

  • Watertown, Wisconsin
  • Composer, Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2004)

Back to Top

Pelczynski, John (1931 – 2007)

  • Lannon, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2005)

John Pelczynski and Vernin Tretow; 2005

Back to Top

Peters, Helmut

  • Belleville, Illinois
  • Musician, Retailer
  • Bands: Peters Brothers Band
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1980)

Max Peters; undated Helmut Peters; 1989

Back to Top

Peters, Max

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Bands: Peters Brothers Band
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1980)

Max Peters; undated Max Peters; undated

Back to Top

Peterson, Sydney (1933 – 2007)

  • Niagara, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Sydney Peterson; 2006

Back to Top

Pexa, Dale (1942 – 2015)

  • New Market, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician

Dale Pexa Band; 2014

Back to Top

Piasecki, Walter (Piasek) (1916 – 2012)

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

Back to Top

Piatkowski, Al (Al, Al, Al) (1959 – )

  • Canastota, New York
  • Musician
  • Bands: Full Circle, The Piatkowski Brothers Band, The Enzian Bavarian Band, Jimmy Sturr Orchestra, Charm City Sound, Lenny Gomulka’s Chicago Push, John Gora and Gorale, The Beat, Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones, Dynatones, others
  • Honors: Grammy Award (7 times), Grammy Nomination (15 times), International Polka Association – Polka Music Hall of Fame (2000), United Polka Association – Accordion Player of Year (1989)

Al Piatkowski; undated Al Piatkowski; unknown Al Piatkowski; 2009

Back to Top

Pietrzak, Stephanie

  • Buffalo, New York
  • Bandleader, Composer, Musician
  • Bands: Stephanie’s Polka Band, Wanda and Stephanie
  • Honors: Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame – First Polka Inductee (1999), International Polka Association – Polka Music Hall of Fame (2010), International Polka Association – Song of the Year (1973, 2008), Female Vocalist Awards (Various)

Wanda and Stephanie Pietrzak; undated Stephanie Pietrzak; undated Stephanie Pietrzak; undated

Back to Top

Pinno, Dennis

  • Bear Creek, Wisconsin
  • Musician, Promotor (Denny’s Music Stand – New London, Wisconsin)

Dennis Pinno; 2009

Back to Top

Piontkowski, Richard

  • Marinette, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2014)

Richard Piontkowski; undated

Back to Top

Piotrowski, Eugene

  • Cecil, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2007)

Eugene Piotrowski; 2007

Back to Top

Pitzen, Jerry

  • Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
  • Musician

Jerry Pitzen; 2008

Back to Top

Piven, Bob (Bobby)

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Musician
  • Bands: Joe Walega, Li’l Richard, Windy City Brass, Jimmy Mieszala and The Chicago Magic, Jimmy Homel’s Changing Times, Rusty Fingers, Doc Lula, Just for Kicks, Casey Homel’s World’s Honkiest Polka Band, Jimmy Kilian and Honky Chicago

Bobby Piven; unknown Bobby Piven; unknown

Back to Top

Platz, Lexi

  • Lafayette, Minnesota
  • Musician

Lexy Platz; 2015

Back to Top

Plexa, Dale (1941 – 2015)

  • Elko, Minnesota
  • Musician, Teacher
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2016)

Back to Top

Prutz, Richard (1958 – )

  • South Connellsville, Pennsylvania
  • Musician
  • Bands: The New Tradition, Polish Swinger, Invictas

Back to Top

Przybylski, Chad

  • Seymour, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: The Polka Rhythms

Chad Pryzybylski; undated Chad Pryzybylski; undated

Back to Top

Pszanka, Casey

  • Sobieski, Wisconsin
  • Musician, Promoter (NEWCABB – Northeastern Wisconsin Concertina, Accordion and Button Box Club)

Casey Pszanka; undated

Back to Top

Pudh, Dick

  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Musician

Dick Pudh; 2008

Back to Top

Puzio, Casey (1924 – )

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Musician
  • Bands: 47th Street Concertina Club, Midway Cavaliers

Eddie Bojan and Casey Puzio; 2009

Back to Top

Pyrtko, Bob

  • Massachusetts
  • Musician

Bobby Prytko; unknown

Back to Top