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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.

Sandel, Thomas

  • St. Joseph, Michigan
  • Musician, Promoter (World Concertina Congress)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2003)

Tom Sandel; 2003 Earl Kops, Jack Zimmerman, Tom Sandel; 2006

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Sandhurst, Adam

  • St. Augusta, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Adam and The Jolly Jammers

Adam Sandhurst; 2003 Adam Sandhurst; 2003 Adam Sandhurst; 2008

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Sarnowski, James

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Musician

James Sarnowski; 2014

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Sauer, Berdine

  • Pierz, Minnesota
  • Musician

Richard and Berdine Pierz; 2007

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Sauer, Richard

  • Pierz, Minnesota
  • Musician

Richard and Berdine Pierz; 2007

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Savitsky, Elaine

  • Tamaqua, Pennsylvania
  • Musician

Elaine Savitsky; 2004 Elaine Savitsky; 2004

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Sawall, Taylor

  • Clintonville, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Taylor Sawall and his instructor, Les Bondowski; undated Taylor Sawall; undated Taylor Sawall; undated

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Schaeffler, Loren (1949 – 2006)

Loren Schaeffler; undated Loren Schaeffler; 2004

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Scheid, Elmer (1921 – 2012)

  • New Ulm, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Elmer Scheid and His Hoolerie Polka Band
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2005)

Elmer Scheid; 2005

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Schepp, Henry W.

  • Composer, Musician

Henry Schepp; undated Henry Schepp; undated

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Schilling, Dean (1944 – )

  • New Braunfels, Texas
  • Musician
  • Bands: Malek Fisherman, Jublee Band, Cloverleaf Orchestra

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Schlicht, Otto

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Innovator (button action), Manufacturer (Patek, Pearl Queen, Silberhorn), Musician

Otto Schlicht; undated

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Schmidt, Jerry

  • Nekoosa, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Jerry Schmidt; 2010

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Schmuldt, Arthur

  • Ludington, Michigan
  • Musician, Promoter (concertina club), Teacher
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1980)

Arthur Schmuldt; undated

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Schnittker, John

  • Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Musician

John Rakoski, Ben Kath, John Schnittker; undated

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Schreiber, Fred

  • Mosinee, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Bands: The Polish Edition, Polish Connection, Polka Nitro, Paper City Sounds, The Benaszeski Brothers

Fred Schreiber; 2009

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Schroeder, Linda

  • Minnesota
  • Musician

Linda Schroeder; 2006

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Schroeder, Paul

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Musician, Promoter (concertina club)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1984)

Paul Schroeder; undated

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Schuckert, Henry (1887 – 1967)

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Composer, Innovator (tuning), Musician, Retailer (Star Concertina), Teacher, Technician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1976)

Henry Schuckert; unknown

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Schueller, Rodney

  • North Aurora, Illinois
  • Musician, Teacher

Rodney Schueller - Pearl Queen; 2011

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Schuft, Jerry (1937 – 2004)

  • Brownton, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Jerry Schuft Band
  • Honors: Minnesota Music Hall of Fame (2004), World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2005)

Jerry Schuft; 2003 Jerry Schuft; 2003

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Schulfer, Paul

  • Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Bands: The Polish Connection

Paul Schulfer; 2009

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Schultz, Jack

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Jack Schultz; 2007

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Schulze, Duane

  • Holcombe, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Duane Schulze; 2007

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Schumacher, Harold

  • Rhinelander, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Harold Schumacher; 2009

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Schwichtenberg (Berg), Harry (1912 – 1999)

  • Schaumburg, Illinois
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1995)

Harry Berg; 1991 Harry Berg; 1995 Harry Berg; undated

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Sellner, Josh (1988 – )

Josh Sellner; 2007 Josh Sellner; 2008 Josh Sellner and Dan Witucki; 2017

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Servatius, George (1924 – 2011)

  • Melrose, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician, Retailer (G.S. Music Store), Teacher
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1986)

George Servatius and Tony Wolf; undated George Servatius; 1986 George Servatius; undated

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Seweryniak, David (Scrubby) (1948 – 2016)

  • Buffalo, New York
  • Musician
  • Bands: Dynatones, Dave Seweryniak Trio, Sunshine
  • Honors: International Polka Association – Polka Music Hall of Fame and Various Awards, United States Polka Association – Various Awards, Grammy Award Nomination (1992)

Mark Trzepacz, Steve Litwin, Larry Trojack, Scrubby Seweryniak; 1980 Scrubby Seweryniak; 2006 Scrubby Seweryniak; 2006

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Shambour, John Frank (1929 – 1993)

  • New Prague, Minnesota
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2010)

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Shudy, Peter D.

  • West Allis, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2004)

Peter Shudy; 2006

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Sibinski, Dave

  • Savage, Minnesota
  • Musician

Dave Sibinski; 2009

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Siems, Marvin (1913 – 1993)

  • Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Marvin Siems; Undated Marvin Siems; Undated

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Sienicki, Dave

  • Ely, Minnesota
  • Musician

Dave Sienick; 2009

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Sienicki, Eileen

  • Mishawaka, Indiana
  • Promoter
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1998)

Eileen Sienick; 1998

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Sienicki, John

  • Mishawaka, Indiana
  • Musician, Technician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1985)

John Sienicki; 1985 John Sienicki; 2006 John Sienicki; 2007

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Sienkowski, Eddie (1948 – )

  • North Judson, Indiana
  • Bandleader (E-Z Tones), Musician
  • Bands: E-Z Tones, Harmony Notes, Musical Aces, Pala Brothers, Polkamasters
  • Honors: United Polka Association – Concertina Player of the Year (1997)

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Sierzega, Jim (1951 – 2012)

  • Palos Heights, Illinois
  • Musician
  • Bands: The Good Times, Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones
  • Honors: Grammy Award

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Siewierski, Casey (1921 – 1994)

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Composer, Musician
  • Bands: Siewierski Brothers’ Orchestra, Li’l Wally

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Silberhorn, Ernest

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Manufacturer (Silberhorn Concertina), Musician, Teacher

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Silberhorn, Henry (1867 – 1961)

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

Henry Silberhorn; undated Henry Silberhorn; 1953

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Siwiec, Eddie

  • Dearborn, Michigan
  • Musician
  • Bands: The Brass Connection, Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones
  • Honors: International Polka Association – Hall of Fame (2005), Grammy Nomination

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Skowrowski, Henry

  • Buffalo, New York
  • Musician

Richard and Henry Skowrowski; 1975

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Slipek, Theresa

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

Theresa Slipek; 2005

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Slowinski, Ted

  • Junction City (Lake DuBay), Wisconsin
  • Musician

Ted Slowinski; 2008

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Smieja, Michael R.

Mike Smieja; 2005 Concertina built by Mike Smieja; 2006 Mike Smieja; 2008

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Smigielski, Thomas (Smiley)

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Musician, Teacher (Karpek, Lincoln, Polonia)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1989)

Thomas Smigielski; undated

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Smith, Jerry (1932 – 2010)

Jerry Smith; 2007 Concertina built by Jerry Smith; 2007

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Smrz, Tom (1958 – )

  • Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Bands: Music Express, Polish Trio, Jolly Harmony 7, Polish Express, Polish Pride

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Sobczak, Adam (1990 – )

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

Adam Sobczak; 2005

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Socha, Aaron

  • Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Aaron Socha’s Livewire

Aaron Socha; 2009

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Sokolowski, Jim

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Bands: Bohemian American Concertina Association

Jim Sokolowski and Les Bondowski; undated Jim Sokolowski; undated Jim Sokolowski; 2006

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Sonnentag, Harry A.

  • Marathon, Wisconsin
  • Composer, Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1992)

Harry Sonnentag; 1992

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Sowada, David

  • Blaine, Minnesota
  • Musician
  • Bands: Dave Sowada and The Sheratons
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2009)

Dave Sowada; 2009

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Spila, Joe

  • Musician
  • Bands: Alpine Village Concertina Club

Al Tucholski, Frank Stanczewski, Joe Spila, Joe Noworyta, Casey Kliszak and Len Jaskowiak; 1970

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Spradau, Marvin (1927 – 2009)

  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1996)

Marvin Spradau; 1996

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Stacey, Joseph

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Composer, Musician, Teacher
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1979)

Joseph Stacey; undated

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Stanczewski (Stann), Frank (Crazy Fingers) (1924 – 2015)

  • Cheektowaga, New York
  • Composer, Musician, Teacher
  • Bands: Alpine Village Concertina Club, Buffalo Concertina All-Stars
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1977)

Al Tucholski, Frank Stanczewski, Joe Spila, Joe Noworyta, Casey Kliszak and Len Jaskowiak; 1970 Frank Stann; 1977 Frank Stanczewski and Al Tucholski; undated

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Stang, Dwight

  • Elk River, Minnesota
  • Musician

Dwight Stang; 2008

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Stankiewicz, Rick

  • Coloma, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Rick Stankiewicz; unknown Rick Stankiewicz; unknown

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Stankowski, Nick

  • Weston, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Nick Stankowski; 2009

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Starck, Joseph

  • Hibbing, Minnesota
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1993)

Dwight Stang; 2008

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Starczowski, Jake

  • Goodman, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: The White Eagles Band

Joe Majewski and Jake Starczowski; unknown

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Stark, Wally (1911 – 2007)

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Musician, Technician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1989)

Wally Stark; 1989

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Starzynski (Star), Edward

  • West Dundee, Illinois
  • Composer, Musician, Teacher
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1986)

Ed Star; undated

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Stetz, Ernie

  • Port Richey, Florida
  • Musician

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Stillman, Elmer

  • Medford, Wisconsin
  • Composer, Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1989)

Elmer Stillman; 1989

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Stimac, Tony

  • Wittenberg, Wisconsin
  • Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1999)

Tony Stimac; 1999

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Stirrett, Frank R.

  • Ontario, Canada
  • Musician, Promoter (Museum)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2001)

Frank Stirrett; 2001

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Stolowski, Dave

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Dave Stolowski; 2008

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Storch, Robert

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

Robert Storch; 1989

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Strassburg, Renae

  • Pulaski, Wisconsin
  • Musician

Renae Strassburg; 2009

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Streich, Cliff

  • Springfield, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Cliff Streich Band

Cliff Streich; 2008 Cliff Streich; 2008 Cliff Streich; 2008

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Streich, Clifford (1940 – 1974)

  • Cobden, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician

Clifford Streich; unknown Clifford Streich; unknown

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Strozinski, Len

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

Len Strozinski; 2006 Len Strozinski; 2006

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Stulga, Joe ( – 2014)

  • Lansing, Illinois
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2001)

Joe Stulga; 1960 Joe Stulga; 1962 Joe Stulga; undated Joe Stulga; 2007

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Stumpf, Ernie

  • Belle Plaine, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2012)

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Styczynski, Alvin

  • Pulaski, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Alvin Styczynski Orchestra

Alvin Styczynski; 2009

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Stys, Mickey (1922 – 2006)

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Musician, Promoter (Old Timers Concertina Club)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1994)

Mickey Stys; undated

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Sudol, Dylan

  • Griswold, Connecticut
  • Musician

Dylan Sudol; 2009

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Sudol, Gary

  • Griswold, Connecticut
  • Musician, Teacher

Gary Sudol; 2009

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Sudol, Tyler

  • Griswold, Connecticut
  • Musician

Tyler Sudol; 2009

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Suess, Dave (1949 – 2002)

  • New Ulm, Minnesota
  • Musician
  • Bands: Erwin Suess and The Hoolerie Dutchman, Lester Schuft and The Country Dutchman
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2005)

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Suess, Erwin (1927 – 2012)

  • Mankato, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Erwin Suess and the Hoolerie Dutchmen
  • Honors: Minnesota Polka Band of the Year (1986), Minnesota Music Hall of Fame (2003), World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2003)

Erwin Suess; 2003

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Suterko, Ed (1932 – 2016)

  • Reno, Nevada
  • Musician, Promoter (Reno Concertina Club)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2001)

Ed Suterko; 2001

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Svoboda, Ed (Sonny)

  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Red Raven Ochestra
  • Honors: Soko Polka Hall of Fame (2005)

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