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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.

Raclawski, Richard

  • Oak Creek, Wisconsin
  • Manufacturer (Eagle Concertina), Musician
  • Bands: Rich Raclawski and the All-Star Honky Band

Richard Raclawski; 2006

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Radonski, Edward (Donnie) (1932 – 2008)

  • Greenfield, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician, Teacher
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1989)

Ed Radonski; 1991

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Rafalski, Leonard

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

Lenny Rafalski; 2005

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Rajewski, Ed

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

Ed Rajewski and John Bernhardt at Star Concertina; 1995 Ed Rajewski; 2004

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Rakoski, John

  • Channahon, Illinois
  • Musician

John Rakoski, Ben Kath, John Schnittker; undated John Rakoski; 2008 John Rakoski and Stan Kijek; 2008

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Rannow, Ray

  • Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Musician

Ray Rannow; 2007

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Ray, Ben

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Musician, Retailer (Patek Concertina), Teacher

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Reece, Claion

  • Iowa
  • Musician

Ardell Wolter and Claion Reece; 2007

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Regner, Al

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Bandleader, Composer, Musician, Promoter, Teacher
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2000)

Al Regner; undated

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Reuter, Leroy F. (1931 – 2010)

  • Woodstock, Illinois
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1999)

Leroy Reuter; 1999

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Rezac, Roman (1917 – 2010)

  • Longsdale, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Roman Rezac Orchestra
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2005)

Roman Rezac; 2003 Roman Rezac; 2005

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Rickert, Edward (Concertina Eddie)

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1988)

Edward (Concertina Eddie) Rickert; undated

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Rippley, LaVern

  • Northfield, Minnesota
  • Promoter (Author – The Chemnitzer Concertina, A History and an Accolade)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2008)

LaVern Rippley; 2008 LaVern Rippley, Dan Gruetzmacher and Jerry Minar; 2008

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Roback, Donald

  • New Brighton, Minnesota
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2007)

Donald Roback; undated

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Roberts (Gostomski), Alvin R.

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Composer, Musician, Teacher
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1988)

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Robson, (A. R. D.) Pat ( – 2005)

  • London, England
  • Manufacturer, Musician, Promoter (Historian)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1988)

Pat Robson; undated

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Rodgers, Dick (1927 – )

  • Pulaski, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Dick Rodgers TV Recording Orchestra
  • Honors: Wisconsin Orchestra Leader of the Year (1967), International Polka Association – Polka Music Hall of Fame (1976), World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1996)

Dick Rodgers; 1996

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Rodgers, Thomas (1956 – )

  • Pulaski, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: A.K.A., Rodgers and Friends, Polkatown Sound, The Pitt Crew

Ted Brewczynski, Tom Rodgers and Jake Lundin; undated

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Roll, Andrew H.

  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Musician, Promoter
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1984)

Andrew Roll; undated

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Rosenthal, Steve

  • Michigan
  • Musician

Steve Rosenthal; 2007

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Rosinski, Matthew (1985 – )

  • Pulaski, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Lenny Gomulka and The Chicago Push, Polka Country Musicians, Power Supply, John Gora, Stas Galonka, Stephanie’s Polka Band, Toledo Polkamotion, New Tradition, Discover, Swinging Brass, Billy Belina’s Baystate, Heavy Chicago, Sound-A-Bouts, Double Shot
  • Honors: United States Polka Association – Horizon Award (1999)

Matt Rosinski; unknown Matt Rosinski; 2006 Matt Rosinski; unknown

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Ross, Bob

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Composer, Musician

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Rovatti, Jeffrey (1993 – )

  • Feeding Hills, Massachusetts
  • Musician

Jeffrey Rovatti; 2005

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Rudzinski, Bruno

  • Musician

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Ruprecht, Kevin

  • Richmond, Minnesota
  • Musician

Kevin Ruprecht and George Palma; undated Kevin Ruprecht; undated

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Ruprecht, Melinda

  • Richmond, Minnesota
  • Musician

Melinda Ruprecht; 2003

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Ruvoli, Tony

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Musician, Technician (Patek Concertina)

Tony Ruvoli; 1956

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Rux, Ron (1936 – 2007)

  • Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • Musician, Promoter
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2006)

Ron Rux; 2007 Ron Rux; 2007

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Ryba, Mike

  • Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Mike Ryba Band

Mike Ryba; undated Mike Ryba; 2007 Mike Ryba; 2008

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Ryba, Steve

  • Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Steve Ryba; undated

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Ryndak, Joe

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

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Ryniec, Jack

  • Musician
  • Bands: Dynatones, New Brass

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Rys, Richard

  • New Berlin, Wisconsin
  • Innovator (Reedless Concertina), Musician, Technician

Richard Rys; 2008 Richard Rys; 2011

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Rzepka, Charles (1918 – 2010)

  • Hammond, Indiana
  • Musician
  • Bands: Charlie Rzepka Orchestra
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2005)

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