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John Rivard - Texas Polka News

John Rivard - Texas Polka NewsJohn Rivard is the editor of the Texas Polka News. This monthly publication is one of the premier polka newspapers in the nation. It is the preferred national polka newspaper for the central and western part of the nation, with a circulation of over 1800. It features interesting articles about polka music and dancing, Texas and U.S. dance calendars, polka advertisements, human interest stories, and much more.

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Westphalia Waltz DVD Premiers

The Waltz to Westphalia DVDOn the first weekend of November, 2011, Austin, Bremond, and Westphalia, Texas all welcome Joe Weed, documentary film maker from San Jose, California. He will show his new production, “The Waltz to Westphalia.” He will also explain why he produced this 60-minute film about a tune known and loved by Texans for more than fifty years.

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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.

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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

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