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      This page lists links for current and former Wisconsin resident Concertina players. The initial list came from those inducted into the World Concertina Congress (WCC) Hall of Fame (HOF), as listed on pages 239-256 of The Chemnitzer Concertina: A History and an Accolade, by LaVern J. Rippley, 2006. Only Wisconsin residents in that list appear here. As noted, a few are not primarily recording artists. All known recordings by these musicians will be listed in my forthcoming book, (ca. 2028), FolkLib Index: Wisconsin Discography.

Please write if you know about any current or former Wisconsin resident Concertina recording artist not listed, or if you have additional information about, or links for, a listed artist.

    A  
  1. .Altenburg, Art (concertina) - Former owner ( Art Altenburg's Concertina Bar), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1997) [Mosinee / Milwaukee]
    B  
  2. .Bondowski, Lester (concertina) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1984), Orders ( Accordiona Music Sales [Archive]), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) [Shawano]
  3. .Brueggen, Gary W. (concertina, tuba, button accordion, keyboard, drums, valve trombone, vocals) (aka "Wisconsin's Concertina Kid") - Page ( Polish American Journal), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) - (leader: Gary Brueggen and the Ridgeland Dutchmen) - (former member: Uncle Ozzie's Band ?-2001) [Viroqua / Cashton / Ontario]
    C  
  4. .Check, John F. (concertina, piano) - Discog ( FolkLib Index), Page ( International Polka Association), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1981), Orders ( Accordiona Music Sales [Archive]), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) - (former leader: John Check and the Michigan Dutchmen 1959-1966, John Check and the Wisconsin Dutchmen 1966-19??, The Three of Us 19??-) [Vermillion, SD / Rosholt / grad. UW-Stevens Point 194? / grad. UW-Madison 1959 Ph.D. / Flint, MI 1959-1966 / UW Oshkosh Educational Psychology Faculty 1966-1987 / Vermillion, SD 2009-2013]
  5. .Checkalski, Arnie (concertina, keyboards, bass, saxophone, clarienet, drums, vocals) - Discog ( FolkLib Index) [Rice Lake]
  6. .Concertina Kid, Wisconsin's - (see: Gary W. Brueggen)
  7. .Concertina Millie (Mildred Kaminski) (concertina) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1982) [Milwaukee]
  8. .Concertina Patti - (see: Patti Wolfe)
    D  
  9. .Dewitz, Irving (concertina, club organizer, player, teacher) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1978) [Hustisford.]    
    G  
  10. .Gajewski, Max (WCC 1979) (concertina, bandleader, artist) [Milwaukee]
  11. .Gruetzmacher, Dan (concertina) - Page ( Neal Wysocki), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1979) [Wausau]    
    J  
  12. .Justman, Andy (concertina, clarinet, saxophone) (aka Andy Justmann) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 2002), Obit ( legacy.com), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) [Brownsville / Waupaca]
    K  
  13. .Kaminski, Mildred - (see: "Concertina" Millie)
  14. .Karpek, Andrew (accordion, concertina, repair, retail, tuner, builder) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1976), Obit ( Find A Grave), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) (co-owner: Karpek Accordion Mfg. Co.) [Milwaukee]
  15. Karpek, George (accordion, concertina) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1982), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) (co-owner: Karpek Accordion Mfg. Co.) [Milwaukee]
  16. Kehl, Wally (concertina) (leader: Wally Kehl Orchestra) [city?]
  17. Kerschke, Earl (concertina) [Waukesha]
  18. King, Barney (concertina), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1987) [Schofield]
  19. King, Bernie (concertina), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1987) [Schofield]
  20. King, Max (concertina), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1983), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) [Milwaukee / Oconto Falls]
  21. Klaman, Frank (concertina), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1985) [Jackson]
  22. .Klesmith, Felix (concertina) - (member: Benny Gagas Downbeat Orchestra) [Stevens Point]
  23. Klinkosh, John (concertina) [Muskego]
  24. Kniess, Tom (concertina) (member: Tom Kniess Orchestra, Tuba Dan Polka Band) [Stratford]
  25. Knoll, Paul (concertina), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 2004) [city? / Sarasota, FL]
  26. Kochanski, Andy (concertina) [Milwaukee]
  27. Kolpacki, LeRoy (concertina) [Wausau]
  28. Kondziella, Francis (concertina) [Milwaukee]
  29. .Konkol, Ray and his Orchestra (aka The Ray Konkol Band) (concertina) - Discog ( FolkLib Index), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 2003), Orders ( Accordiona Music Sales [Archive]), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) [Active: 1961-] [Stevens Point]
  30. .Konrath, Lloyd M. (concertina) (Editor of The Bellows Paper, newsletter of the World Concertina Congress (WCC), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1999) [Germantown]
  31. Krafjack, Mike (concertina) [Janesville]
  32. Kramas, Paul (concertina), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 2003) [Greenwood]
  33. Krawczyk, Ray (concertina) [New Berlin]
  34. Kreis, Ed (concertina) [West Bend]
  35. Krukowski, Erv (concertina), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 2006) [Wausaukee]
  36. Kubowski, Marie (concertina) (member: Norm Dombrowski and the Happy Notes) [Stevens Point]
  37. Kuklinski, Edwin (concertina) [Rosholt]
  38. Kurszewski, Nicholas (concertina), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1990) [Wausau]
    L  
  39. Landowski, Bill (concertina), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 2000) (member: The Jolly Swiss Boys) [Hubertus]
  40. Lange, Darlene (concertina) [Clintonville]
  41. Lange, John (concertina) [Clintonville]
  42. .Larson, Keith Louis (concertina, luthier) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 2014), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) [Chippewa Falls / New Alburn / grad. UW-Stout 1966 / Tomah]
  43. Lech, Marlene (concertina) [Wisconsin Rapids]
  44. .Lech, Ron (concertina) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1998) [Wisconsin Rapids]
  45. Legner, Frank (concertina) [Mosinee]
  46. Legner, Jim (concertina) [Schofield]
  47. Legner, Louie (concertina) [Mosinee]
  48. Lettau, Terry (concertina) (member: Second Edition, Polka Partners) [Wittenberg]
  49. Lewandowski, Thomas, Sr. (concertina) [Mosinee]
  50. Libby, Bruce (concertina), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 2017) (member: Buttons and Bellows) [Roberts]
  51. Liebl, Bob (concertina) (member: The Polish Connection) [Greenfield]
  52. Liebl, Syl, Jr. (concertina) (member: The New Jolly Swiss Boys) [city?]
  53. .Liebl, Syl, Sr. (concertina) - Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1997), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) - (leader: Syl Liebl and the Jolly Swiss Boys) [?, MN / West Salem / La Crosse]
  54. Lundin, Jake (concertina) [De Pere]  
    N  
  55. .Neuman, Carl (concertina) - Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) - (former member: Die Spiel Meisters) [Waupun.]
  56. .Nowicki, Stan (WCC 1976) (concertina, arranger, teacher) [Milwaukee]
    O  
  57. .O'Donnell, Bryan (concertina) [Franklin]
    P  
  58. .Patek, Rudy (WCC 1976) (concertina) [Chicago, IL / Weyauwega]
  59. .Peters, Max (WCC 1980) (bandonion specialist) [Milwaukee]  
    R  
  60. .Rodgers, Dick (concertina) - Page ( International Polka Association), Info ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1996) ( Polkamart [Archive]) [Chicago, IL / Green Bay / Pulaski]  
    T  
  61. .Teikowski, Ed (WCC 1976) (concertina, dealer, Teacher) [Milwaukee]  
    V  
  62. .Van Dyke, Susan (Sue) (tin whistle, concertina) - (member: Ceol Cairde, Wise Maids) [Milwaukee]
    W  
  63. .Watters, Pat (WCC 1976) (concertina, lifelong promoter) [Minneapolis, MN / Mosinee]
  64. .Wilfahrt, "Whoopee" Jim (James F.) (harmonica, concertina) - Discog ( FolkLib Index), Bibliog ( FolkLib Index) - (member: BluesPool, Band in a Van) [his Great Uncle is "Whoopee" John Wilfahrt] [New Ulm, MN / grad. UW Oshkosh 1984 B.S. / Oshkosh]
  65. .Wolfe, Patti (aka "Concertina Patti") (concertina) - Page ( World Concertina Congress HOF 1984) [Milwaukee / Stevens Point]      

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