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Polish Village Music In New Waverly Texas

Polish Village Music In New Waverly TexasSome many years ago Todd Buckner (Bochnia) informed me that he had a video from the 50’s of a 50th wedding anniversary in New Waverly, TX. It took some time but eventually we hooked up and he let me borrow the tape in question and I discovered that what he actually had was an audio recording duplicating exactly what had been played at a wedding reception in the early 1900’s.

Faustyn Langowski on the Side

Great sidemen rarely get the attention they deserve. It’s long overdue that we pay tribute to Faustyn Langowski, whose career on clarinet and sax establishes him as one of the premier sidemen of Texas music.

Texas polka fans know Faustyn as the entertaining man on clarinet and sax with Harry Czarnek & the Texas Dutchmen since 1999. Or perhaps they remember him performing with Brian Marshall & the Texas Slavic Playboys, wearing a black hat and making wisecracks that kept the band in stitches. Friends may recall him as the heavy smoking “conversationalist,” who has many stories and the ability to tell them well.

A Tribute To A Polish Texan Musical Icon

Sigmund JozwiakSigmund Jozwiak
August 25, 1925 – November 4, 2009

There is no doubt that Sigmund was an Icon in Texas Polish history! He was loved and will be missed, but it is up to us to remember the legacy that he has made for Polish Texans and celebrate the impact he has made on each of us. I personally know that he loved seeing all of us get together and celebrate our Polish culture and heritage. He knew that our music and customs, of which he help preserve, would be safe and passed down to another generation for others to enjoy. …

John Louis Meleski

John Louis MeleskiJohn was born in Chappell Hill Texas, Washington County June 11, 1897. He moved to Houston, Texas in 1921 at the age of 24, with his young Chappell Hill bride, Nora Meleski. They eventually had two children Victoria and Florian, and settled on Aurora Street, in the then suburbs of Houston. John worked and retired from Humble Oil Company in downtown Houston.

Steve Okonski

Steve Okonski and band in Chicago

Steve Okonski, born August 29, 1916 in Bremond, Texas was a lifelong resident of Bremond and was a farmer and musician. Steve was a fiddler for over 70 years and played in many towns for many weddings, family reunions, and community events throughout Texas (Houston, Dallas, Bremond, Brenham, Chapel Hill, New Waverly, Westphalia, and many others). His band usually included the instruments that were readily available in the small country town — violin, base, guitar, and accordion. They played the old time Polish favorite traditional fiddle based music. Many of the Polish family immigrants listened and enjoyed the music that connected them to their villages in Poland. Some of Steve’s favorites were: Steve’s Special, Steve’s Celia, Flat Lake Special, Village OBerek, Westphalia Waltz and others. Steve received a plaque for playing a fiddle for 70 years in Texas at the Ft Bend County Fair.

Steve supplemented his small farming income with many various jobs such as bus driver, painter, his band and others. He also served in the infantry with the US Army during World War II.

 -Bio from Okonski Family Website

Listen to Music By Steve Okonski

Stop The Fighting Boys Polka (Nie Bijcie Się Chłopcy) and The Bremond Polish Wedding Waltz by Steve Okonski Band


Texas Polish Polka and Sweet Potato Polka by Steve Okonski Band


Steve’s Special and Płynie Wisła by Steve Okonski Band


Daniel Cendalski

Daniel Cendalski and his band Daniel and the Country Boys

Daniel Cendalski has been playing fiddle for 60 years, starting Dec. 17, 1947 when he was seven years old. He learned from his father Mitchell Cendalski, also a fiddle player, who in turn learned from his father, Stanley, who was an immigrant from Poland. Stanley Cendalski formed a band in Texas, bringing the music of Poland to Texas, and playing for the Polish and German immigrants around the Brenham and Washington County area. The music evolved into “Texas Polish” and was handed down through four sons (including Mitchell) to Daniel. Daniel now represents the 3rd generation Cendalski family band in Texas. Daniel played his first performance with his father at age seven, and has been fiddlin’ Texas ever since.

 -Bio from Texas Polka News

Polish Musicians Photos

Photo Tribute To Texas Musicians of Polish Descent
Click on thumbnail photos below to enlarge. Click on the Family Tree Info icon in the photo caption to see the musicians family history in our genealogy database or click on the More Info icon to see more infomation on the musician.

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Tony Berger, Ed Marshall, Johnny Berger

From left to right;

Tony Berger  Family Tree Info, Ed Marshall  Family Tree Info, Johnny Berger  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

From left to right;
Tony Berger  Family Tree Info, Ed Marshall  Family Tree Info, Johnny Berger  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Frank Koscielniak, Clem Kujawa

Frank Koscielniak on fiddle, Clem Kujawa  Family Tree Info on bass

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Frank Koscielniak on fiddle, Clem Kujawa  Family Tree Info on bass

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Polish Texan Musicians - George Piotrowski, Alec Piotrowski, John Muszynski,Fred Kempinski, Leonard Muszynski, Frumon Muszynski

From left to right;

Top row; George Piotrowski, Alec Piotrowski, John Muszynski  Family Tree Info

Bottom row; Fred Kempinski, Leonard Muszynski  Family Tree Info, Frumon Muszynski  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

From left to right;

Top row; George Piotrowski, Alec Piotrowski, John Muszynski  Family Tree Info

Bottom row; Fred Kempinski, Leonard Muszynski  Family Tree Info, Frumon Muszynski  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Ed Marshall

Ed Marshall   Family Tree Info, fiddler on right

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Ed Marshall   Family Tree Info, fiddler on right

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Cendalski Family Band

First Generation Cendalski Family Band in 1920

From left to right;

William Reisner, Stanley Cendalski   Family Tree Info , John Cendalski  Family Tree Info, Mitchell Cendalski   Family Tree Info , Pete Cendalski   Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

First Generation Cendalski Family Band in 1920
From left to right;
William Reisner, Stanley Cendalski   Family Tree Info , John Cendalski  Family Tree Info, Mitchell Cendalski   Family Tree Info , Pete Cendalski   Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Polish Texan Musicians - Albert and Adam Polka

From left to right;

Adam Edward Polka  Family Tree Info, Albert Polka  Family Tree Info, unknown musician on bass

Photo taken circa 1920

Photo courtesy of James Smock

From left to right;
Adam Edward Polka  Family Tree Info, Albert Polka  Family Tree Info, unknown musician on bass

Photo taken circa 1920

Photo courtesy of James Smock

Polish Texan Musicians - Cendalski Family

From left to right;

Mitchell Cendalski  Family Tree Info, Bruno Cendalski, Daniel Cendalski  Family Tree Info

Photo taken in 1953

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

From left to right;
Mitchell Cendalski  Family Tree Info, Bruno Cendalski, Daniel Cendalski  Family Tree Info
Photo taken in 1953

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Lige Bucker, Stash Skoba, Joe Maduzia Sr, Joe Maduzia Jr, Pete Maduzia

From left to right;

Lige Buckner   Family Tree Info, Stash Skoba   Family Tree Info, Joseph Frank Maduzia Sr.   Family Tree Info, Joseph Frank Maduzia Jr.  
Family Tree Info
, Pete Maduzia   Family Tree Info

New Waverly – 1915

Photo courtesy of Johnny Maduzia

From left to right;

Lige Buckner   Family Tree Info, Stash Skoba   Family Tree Info, Joseph Frank Maduzia Sr.   Family Tree Info, Joseph Frank Maduzia Jr.  
Family Tree Info
, Pete Maduzia   Family Tree Info New Waverly – 1915

Photo courtesy of Johnny Maduzia

Joe Bartula, Steve Okonski

Joe Bartula  
Family Tree Info
on guitar and Steve Okonski  
Family Tree Info
on fiddle

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Joe Bartula  
Family Tree Info
on guitar and Steve Okonski  
Family Tree Info
on fiddle

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Joe Bartula, Steve Okonsik, Carol or Willie Bashinski

From left to right;

Joe Bartula  Family Tree Info, Steve Okonski  Family Tree Info, Carol  Family Tree Info or Willie Bashinski  Family Tree Info

Witzaski Wedding in Bremond.

Photo taken in late 1930’s or early 1940’s.

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

From left to right;
Joe Bartula  Family Tree Info, Steve Okonski  Family Tree Info, Carol  Family Tree Info or Willie Bashinski  Family Tree Info

Witzaski Wedding in Bremond.
Photo taken in late 1930’s or early 1940’s.

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Albert and Adam Edward Polka

From left to right;

Albert Polka  Family Tree Info, Adam Edward Polka  Family Tree Info

Photo taken circa 1920

Photo courtesy of James Smock

From left to right;
Albert Polka  Family Tree Info, Adam Edward Polka  Family Tree Info
Photo taken circa 1920

Photo courtesy of James Smock

Robert E. Wick

Robert E. Wick  Family Tree Info

Photo taken circa 1940

Photo courtesy of Frieda Wick

Robert E. Wick  Family Tree Info
Photo taken circa 1940

Photo courtesy of Frieda Wick

Sechelski Family Band

Sechelski Family Band

Stoneham, Texas

From left to right;

Rufus Sechelski, Manual Sechelski, Bill Zarski, Tom Kitkoski

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Sechelski Family Band

Stoneham, Texas

From left to right;

Rufus Sechelski, Manual Sechelski, Bill Zarski, Tom Kitkoski

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Tony Berger, Teofil (Tops) Klodzinski

Left to right;

Tony Berger  Family Tree Info, Teofil (Tops) Klodzinski  Family Tree Info

Stoneham, Texas

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Left to right;

Tony Berger  Family Tree Info, Teofil (Tops) Klodzinski  Family Tree Info

Stoneham, Texas

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Unknown Musicians

Unknown musicians – Photo from Agnes Polka Smock collection

Photo courtesy of James Smock

Unknown musicians – Photo from Agnes Polka Smock collection

Photo courtesy of James Smock

 Antonina Szymanski and Ladislaus Stempuhowski wedding

Unknown musicians at the wedding of Antonina Szymanski  Family Tree Info and Ladislaus Stempuhowski  Family Tree Infoon November 13, 1911

Chappell Hill, Texas

Photo courtesy of Polish Genealogical Society of Texas

Unknown musicians at the wedding of Antonina Szymanski  Family Tree Info and Ladislaus Stempuhowski  Family Tree Infoon November 13, 1911
Chappell Hill, Texas

Photo courtesy of Polish Genealogical Society of Texas

Jake Noski

Jake Noski fron Stoneham, Texas

Photo courtesy of Vanessa Burzynski

Jake Noski fron Stoneham, Texas

Photo courtesy of Vanessa Burzynski

Joe Szymanski on left, unknown musician on right

Joe Szymanski on left, unknown musician on right

Photo courtesy of Frances Szymanski Robertson

Joe Szymanski on left, unknown musician on right

Photo courtesy of Frances Szymanski Robertson

Carroll Bashinski, Theodore Yanowski, and Steve Okonski

From left to right;

Carroll Bashinski  Family Tree Info, Theodore Yanowski, and Steve Okonski  Family Tree Info,

Photo courtesy of Frances Szymanski Robertson

From left to right;
Carroll Bashinski  Family Tree Info, Theodore Yanowski, and Steve Okonski  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Frances Szymanski Robertson

Hortense, Albert Heintz, Mike Heintz, Louis Shibest

From left to right;

Hortense, Albert Heintz, Mike Heintz, Louis Shibest  Family Tree Info

1940’s

Photo courtesy of Gertrude Kologinczak

From left to right; Hortense, Albert Heintz, Mike Heintz, Louis Shibest  Family Tree Info 1940’s

Photo courtesy of Gertrude Kologinczak

Henry Reinhart, Sylvester Pavlock and Bodie Horton

Henry Reinhart, Sylvester Pavlock and Bodie Horton

Photo courtesy of Louise Borski

Henry Reinhart, Sylvester Pavlock and Bodie Horton

Photo courtesy of Louise Borski

Albert Ubnoski - 1948

Albert Ubnoski – 1948

Photo courtesy of Louise Borski

Albert Ubnoski – 1948

Photo courtesy of Louise Borski

John P. Derkowski, nickname Skace, Willie Kmiec, Max Ognoski, Johnnie Derkowsk, Frank Bronikowski and John Wisnoski

Left to right:

Back row; John P. Derkowski, nickname Skace, Willie Kmiec, Max Ognoski, Johnnie Derkowski

Front row; Frank Bronikowski and John Wisnoski

Photo courtesy of Dolores Newman

Left to right:
Back row; John P. Derkowski, nickname Skace, Willie Kmiec, Max Ognoski, Johnnie Derkowski
Front row; Frank Bronikowski and John Wisnoski

Photo courtesy of Dolores Newman

Mike Tomczak and Sigmund Jozwiak at Cigielski wedding. Circa 1964

Mike Tomczak and Sigmund Jozwiak  Family Tree Info at Cigielski wedding.

Circa 1964

Photo courtesy of Sigmund Jozwiak

Mike Tomczak and Sigmund Jozwiak  Family Tree Info at Cigielski wedding.

Circa 1964

Photo courtesy of Sigmund Jozwiak

Louis Knast, Carroll Yezak, John Mushinski, Floyd Mushinski, John Yezak

Wedding of Katherine Knast  Family Tree Info and Tony Sechelski  Family Tree Info

John  Family Tree Info and Agnes (Knapik) Knast  Family Tree Info farm in Bremond, Texas 20 November 1928

From left to right: Louis Knast  Family Tree Info, Carroll Yezak  Family Tree Info, John Mushinski  Family Tree Info, Floyd Mushinski  Family Tree Info, John Yezak  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Teana Sechelski

Wedding of Katherine Knast  Family Tree Info and Tony Sechelski  Family Tree Info
John  Family Tree Info and Agnes (Knapik) Knast  Family Tree Info farm in Bremond, Texas 20 November 1928
From left to right: Louis Knast  Family Tree Info, Carroll Yezak  Family Tree Info, John Mushinski  Family Tree Info, Floyd Mushinski  Family Tree Info, John Yezak  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Teana Sechelski

White Eagles Band

The White Eagles Band

From left to right; unknown musician, unknown musician, unknown musician, John Meleski  Family Tree Info  Family Tree Info, Sigmund Jozwiak  Family Tree Info and Florian Meleski, Sr.  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Linda Meleski Harris

The White Eagles Band
From left to right; unknown musician, unknown musician, unknown musician, John Meleski  Family Tree Info  Family Tree Info, Sigmund Jozwiak  Family Tree Info and Florian Meleski, Sr.  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Linda Meleski Harris

G. W. (Sonny) Janczak Circa 1972

G. W. (Sonny) Janczak

Photo courtesy of Sonny Janczak

G. W. (Sonny) Janczak

Photo courtesy of Sonny Janczak

G. W. (Sonny) Janczak Circa 1972

The Polish Eagles Band

From left to right: Louis Snider (Suchowiak)  Family Tree Info, Leonard Kasowski, Mike Derkowski, Florian Meleski  Family Tree Info,
Johnny Kubeczka, Sigmund Jozwiak  Family Tree Info
Circa 1980’s

Photo courtesy of Frank Motley

The Polish Eagles Band
From left to right: Louis Snider (Suchowiak)  Family Tree Info, Leonard Kasowski, Mike Derkowski, Florian Meleski  Family Tree Info,
Johnny Kubeczka, Sigmund Jozwiak  Family Tree Info
Circa 1980’s

Photo courtesy of Frank Motley

Jerry and the Country Gems

Jerry and the Country Gems

From left to right: Mike Slominski, Jerry Lastovica, Junior Skweres, Ally Koteras, Odell Hopkins
Circa early 1970’s

Photo courtesy of Frank Motley

Jerry and the Country Gems
From left to right: Mike Slominski, Jerry Lastovica, Junior Skweres, Ally Koteras, Odell Hopkins
Circa early 1970’s

Photo courtesy of Frank Motley

Unknown Musicians

Ed Marshall  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Ed Marshall  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Pietrowski Brothers

Pietrowski Brothers

Raymond Pietrowski  Family Tree Info, Ed Pietrowski  Family Tree Info , Alec Pietrowski  Family Tree Info.

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Pietrowski Brothers

Raymond Pietrowski  Family Tree Info, Ed Pietrowski  Family Tree Info , Alec Pietrowski  Family Tree Info.

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Unknown Musicians

Ed Marshall  Family Tree Info on left with fiddle

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Ed Marshall  Family Tree Info on left with fiddle.

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Unknown Musicians

Unknown Musicians
1937

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Unknown Musicians
1937

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Unknown Musicians

Unknown Musicians at wedding

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Unknown Musicians at wedding

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Unknown Musicians

Unknown Musicians at wedding

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Unknown Musicians at wedding

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Unknown Musicians

Unknown Musicians

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

Unknown Musicians

Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt

John Felchak

John Felchak  Family Tree Info (second from left)

Photo courtesy of Virginia Felchak Hill

John Felchak  Family Tree Info (second from left)

Photo courtesy of Virginia Felchak Hill

Ed Marshall with fiddle and other unknown musicians

Ed Marshall  Family Tree Info with fiddle, Phillip Kasowski  Family Tree Info on bass and other unknown musicians.

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Ed Marshall  Family Tree Info with fiddle, Phillip Kasowski  Family Tree Info on bass and other unknown musicians.

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Joe Kujawa on fiddle with unknown musicians at Raymond Ohendalski and Louise Kasowski wedding in 1949

Joe Kujawa  Family Tree Info on fiddle with other unknown musicians at Raymond Ohendalski  Family Tree Info and Louise Kasowski  Family Tree Info wedding in 1949

Photo courtesy of Ron Ohendalski

Joe Kujawa  Family Tree Info on fiddle with other unknown musicians at Raymond Ohendalski  Family Tree Info and Louise Kasowski  Family Tree Info wedding in 1949

Photo courtesy of Ron Ohendalski

Joe Kujawa on fiddle with other unknown musicians at Raymond Ohendalski and Louise Kasowski wedding in 1949

Joe Kujawa  Family Tree Info on fiddle with other unknown musicians at Raymond Ohendalski  Family Tree Info and Louise Kasowski  Family Tree Info wedding in 1949.

Photo courtesy of Ron Ohendalski

Joe Kujawa  Family Tree Info on fiddle with other unknown musicians at Raymond Ohendalski  Family Tree Info and Louise Kasowski  Family Tree Info wedding in 1949.

Photo courtesy of Ron Ohendalski

Steve Okonski on fiddle with other unknown musicians.

Steve Okonski  Family Tree Info on fiddle with other unknown musicians.

Photo courtesy of Ron Ohendalski

Steve Okonski  Family Tree Info on fiddle with other unknown musicians.

Photo courtesy of Ron Ohendalski

Bob Okonski on piano, Leonard Kasowski on guitar and Phillip Kasowski on fiddle.

Bob Okonski on piano, Leonard Kasowski on guitar and Phillip Kasowski  Family Tree Info on fiddle.

Photo courtesy of Ron Ohendalski

Bob Okonski on piano, Leonard Kasowski on guitar and Phillip Kasowski  Family Tree Info on fiddle.

Photo courtesy of Ron Ohendalski

Clem Kujawa playing fiddle with Utah Carl and the Gulf Coast Playboys in Channel 13 Studios in Houston in 1958.

Clem Kujawa  Family Tree Info playing fiddle with Utah Carl and the Gulf Coast Playboys in Channel 13 Studios in Houston in 1958.
From left to right; Herbie Treece, Utah Carl, Clem Kujawa  Family Tree Info, Sam Reece, Wiley Barkdull, and George Champion

Photo courtesy of KTRK TV

Clem Kujawa  Family Tree Info playing fiddle with Utah Carl and the Gulf Coast Playboys in Channel 13 Studios in Houston in 1958.
From left to right; Herbie Treece, Utah Carl, Clem Kujawa  Family Tree Info, Sam Reece, Wiley Barkdull, and George Champion

Photo courtesy of KTRK TV

John Meleski

John Meleski  Family Tree Info  Family Tree Info, founder and bass/fiddle player for the White Eagles band

Photo courtesy of Barbara Meleski

John Meleski  Family Tree Info  Family Tree Info, founder and bass/fiddle player for the White Eagles band

Photo courtesy of Barbara Meleski

The Polish Eagles Band

The Polish Eagles Band

From left to right: Mike Tomczak, Johnny Kubeczka, Shorty Palmore, Florian Meleski  Family Tree Info, Sigmund Jozwiak  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Jozwiak Store

The Polish Eagles Band
From left to right: Mike Tomczak, Johnny Kubeczka, Shorty Palmore, Florian Meleski  Family Tree Info,
Sigmund Jozwiak  Family Tree Info

Photo courtesy of Jozwiak Store

Tony Berger and Brian Marshall

Tony Berger  Family Tree Info and Brian Marshall

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Tony Berger  Family Tree Info and Brian Marshall

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Ricky Laskowski, Brian Marshall, Patrick Kronin

Ricky Laskowski, Brian Marshall, Patrick Kronin

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Ricky Laskowski, Brian Marshall, Patrick Kronin

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Anthony Porcarello, Brian Marshall, Dennis Bielamowicz

Anthony Porcarello, Brian Marshall, Dennis Bielamowicz

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

Anthony Porcarello, Brian Marshall, Dennis Bielamowicz

Photo courtesy of Brian Marshall

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