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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.

Zantek, Dan (Polka Dan)

  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Composer, Musician

Polka Dan Zantek; undated Polka Dan Zantek; undated Polka Dan Zantek; 2005 Polka Dan Zantek; 2005

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Zarek, Dick (1935 – )

  • Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Musician

Dick Zarek; 2007 Rick, Dick and Alex Zarek; 2007 Rick Zarek, Dick Zarek, Roy Krueger; 2007 Rick Zarek, Dick Zarek; 2013

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Zarek, Richard (1957 – )

  • Berkeley, Illinois
  • Musician
  • Bands: The Top Hats Polka Band
  • Memberships: International Polka Association, World Concertina Congress

Rick Zarek; 2007 Rick, Dick and Alex Zarek; 2007 Rick Zarek, Dick Zarek, Roy Krueger; 2007 Rick Zarek, Dick Zarek; 2013 Leroy Deering and Rick Zarek; undated

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Zarling, Gerhard

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

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Zegarowicz, Joseph (1926 – 2007)

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

Joe Zegarowicz; 2007

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Zelasko, John (1967 – )

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Musician
  • Bands: Gerry Kaminski’s Merry Makers, Dynatones, Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones, Prime Drive, Dynaticks, The Brass Connection, Kavaliers
  • Honors: Grammy Nomination (1993, 1994), United States Polka Association – Favorite Song: Got No Reason (1985)

John Zelasko; 2004

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Zelazny, Hank

  • Minnesota
  • Musician
  • Bands: Hank Zelazny’s Red Hat Band

Hank and Jerry Zelazny; 2003

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Zelazny, Jerry ( – 2005)

  • Minnesota
  • Musician
  • Bands: Mrozinski Brothers

Bill Czerniak and Jerry Zelazny; undated Hank and Jerry Zelazny; 2003

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Zelenak, Steve (1961 – )

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Musician
  • Bands: Polka Country Musicians, The Brass Connection, This-n-That, Bruno Mikos and The Harmony Stars, Tower City Drive
  • Honors: United States Polka Association – Best Album (1993, 1994)

Steve Zelenak; 2003 Steve Zelenak; 2004 Steve Zelenak; 2005

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Zembrowski, Richie

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Musician
  • Bands: Henny and The Versa J’s, Sounds

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Zezelka, George

  • Duluth, Minnesota
  • Musician

George Zezelka; 2008

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Zielinski, Bob

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

Bob Zielinski; 2003

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Zielinski, Lenny (1965 – )

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Lil’ Richard and The Polka All-Stars, Joe Walega and The Happy Hearts, Lenny Zielinski and The Polka Stars

Lenny Zielinski; 2008

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Zima, Eddie (1923 – 1966)

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Composer, Musician
  • Bands: Eddie Zima Band
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1978)

Ed Pytel, Eddie Zima, Wally Kedzior, Roman Travers, Andy Cygan, Jim Mall; 1947 Andy Day, Roman Travers, Adam Grzegorzewski, Walter Kedzior, Eddie Zima, Gene (Jeep) Machynia; 1949 Andy Dziagwa, Walter Glowicki, Roman Truskolaski, Rudy Sienkowski, Dick Ziembicki, Eddie Zima; undated

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Zimmerman, Betty (1928 – 1998)

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

Betty Zimmerman; undated

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Zimmerman, Harold (Zimmy) (1903 – 1999)

  • Union, Michigan
  • Musician, Promoter (World Concertina Congress), Retailer
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1979)

Jack Zimmerman and Harold Zimmerman; 1984 Jack Zimmerman, Bill Moltz and George Hrica; 1982

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Zimmerman, Jack (Zimmy) (1922 – 2009)

  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Musician, Promoter (World Concertina Congress)
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (1983)

Jack Zimmerman and Harold Zimmerman; 1984 Earl Kops, Jack Zimmerman, Tom Sandel; 2006 Jack Zimmerman; 2007

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Zoromski, Patrick

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


Pat Zoromski; 2009

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Zunker, Neal

  • Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: The Music Connection

Neal Zunker; unknown Neal Zunker; unknown

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Zwack, Keith

  • Corcoran, Minnesota
  • Bandleader, Musician
  • Bands: Zwack Old Time Band, Rainbow Valley Dutchmen, Wayne Solberg Band
  • Honors: World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame (2012)

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