Die Polka Schlingel

Die Polka Schlingel

Wilkommen! Die Polka-schlingel, a band based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has a large repertoire of German tunes as well as a growing number of swing tunes and novelty numbers. The band has a dozen members and an amazing longevity; it has been oompahing at Oktoberfests and other festivities for over 35 years!

 

 
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Meet our members:

Dan Wright - der KappelmeisterDan Wright - der Kappelmeister (Band Leader)

Instruments
Accordion only (but my digital accordion has - kind of - flute, clarinet, saxophones, organ, mandolin, piano, bass, etc.). 

Musical history
Began playing accordion at age 8 (parents wanted me to play piano since we already had one, but because my older brother was doing that I would have nothing to do with it!). Took lessons at the Chinisci School of Music through high school and taught there the last two years of high school and during college at UNM (music theory/composition major). Went to University of Missouri at KC and studied there for one year. Got into Die Polka Schlingel as a substitute for what was supposed to be a one-time gig. I have been here for 35 years now. Also serve as the leader of the Albuquerque Accordion Club. 
 

Favorite Music
Impossible to narrow it down too much, but I love Bach keyboard music, especially "The Little Fugue in G Minor" and Mozart's "Overture to the Magic Flute". Those two are mostly because, along with a partner in crime, I've played them as accordion duets. Challinging, but great fun!
 

Favorite musical quote or saying
"A fugue is a compostion in which the voices enter one at a time... and the audience leaves in the same manner".
 

Favorite non-musical quotes
Don't believe everything you think.
BIG PRINT GIVETH. small print taketh away.
 

Favorite Bumper Sticker
"Eschew Obfuscation".  2nd favorite bumper sticker is (This is on a red sticker with white lettering) "If this sticker is Blue, you are driving too Fast". 
 

What are three things always in your music case
Only the accordion. It's a big no-no to put anything else in there (might mess up the keyboard). Anything else (music, clothes pin for outdoor gigs, etc.) goes in a seperate bag. I don't need cork grease or valve oil.   :-)
 

If you weren't playing an instrument what would you be doing
Reading, photography, going for a walk.


Frank CabasierFrank Cabasier

Instruments
Saxophone and clarinet

Musical history
First played in a polka band when I was a junior in high school. I've been playing ever since.

Favorite musical memory
Marching band in High School (got to go on a field trip with my first crush).

One thing you should never do with your instrument is...
Eat peanut butter and crackers before playing.

Favorite piece of music
I don't have a favorite, I like it all.

Favorite musical quote or saying
"I don't know anything about music, In my line you don't have to." -Elvis Presley (1935-1977)

What are three things that are always in your music case?
Reeds, Tums, and a beer stein

If you weren't playing an instrument, what would you be doing?
Probably sitting in jail for doing something I shouldn't have.


Ron SandersRon Sanders

Instruments
Radio, harmonica, drums, violin, red clarinets, trombone, mexican marimba, spoons.

Musical history
Music teacher for 30 years

Favorite musical memory
Playing a christmas gig in the Alb. airport and cuing myself from a persons expletive everytime they missed their part, which was exactly the same measure. Then at the airport, they played it right and i missed my part, meaning i used the expletive, too late.

One thing you should never do with your instrument is...
Play dynamics.

Favorite music
Led Zeppelin

Favorite musical quote or saying
Suppose you were an idiot. Now suppose you were a member of congress..
But I repeat myself.
Mark Twain

What are three things that are always in your music case?
Sticks, drum key, pencil, aspirin, band aids, felt pads.

If you weren't playing an instrument, what would you be doing?
Playing with my dog or finding a really bad "B" movie.


William Strohl

Willliam Strohl

Instruments
Trumpet, cornet, Flugelhorn, Baritone, Mandolin, String Bass, Vocals
 

Musical history
Playing professionally for over 35 years, various instruments. Private Music Teacher/ Band Director for 8 years.
 

Favorite musical memory
"This one time at band camp ..... ", (better not)
 

One thing you should never do with your instrument is...
Use it for a beer stien (at least not again).
 

Favorite piece of music
Way to difficult to pick just one, how about some artist ..... lets start with: Mozart's Requiem Mass, Count Bassie, Duke Ellington, ABBA, Led Zepplin, Queen, Emily Autumn, Weird Al Yankovic, .... (I'm exhausted just trying to think of them all).
 

Favorite musical quote or saying
Where words fail, music speaks: Hans Christian Anderson Or perhaps.... Bop bopa-a-lu a whop bam boo: Tutti Frutti by Little Richard
 

What are three things that are always in your music case?
My instruments..... at least I hope so....
 

If you weren't playing an instrument, what would you be doing?
Solving the problems of the known universe, ... while watching South Park.


Chris SmithChris Smith

Instruments
Any Brass. Mainly tuba, euphonium, trombone

Musical history
3rd grade: euphonium, 7th grade switched to tuba and never looked back. Been a member of many brass quintets, bands and orchestras. Became a band director 12 years ago.

Favorite musical memory
Performing with my brass quintet for the Empire Brass in Boston.

One thing you should never do with your instrument is...
Ride a motorcycle with it strapped on your back.

Favorite musical quote or saying
Reality is just an illusion. A fairly persistent one, but just an illusion. Einstine

What are three things that are always in your music case?
Valve oil, slide grease, clothes pin pieces.

If you weren't playing an instrument, what would you be doing?
Watching Top Gear or any old Sci Fi movie.������

Kristi Raven Kristi Raven

Instruments
Saxophone, clarinet


Sam NesbittSam Nesbitt

Instruments
Clarinet, saxophone


Sergio ManriquezSergio Manriquez

Instruments
Erste Tuba. A new way of thinking about heavy metal. Also, have violin, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, clarinet, sax, cello, and bass guitar.

Musical history
Teaches music in Albuquerque Public Schools. Past schools I have taught at are Zuni, Cochiti, Santa Domingo, Bernalillo, Fort Diafiance, and Santa Fe.
 

Favorite musical memory
Road Trips
 

One thing you should never do with your instrument is...
Run over it with a truck
 

Favorite piece of music
Effie Suite
 

What are three things that are always in your music case?
Tools (everything but the kitchen sink), valve oil, and tuner
 

If you weren't playing an instrument, what would you be doing?
Probably be a couch potatoe
 


Tom Root

Instruments
Trombone, Baritone, Tenorhorn
 



Orion Brady

Instruments
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Cornet
 



Erik CokerErik Coker

Instruments
Trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, and piccolo trumpet (a trumpet that hasn't grown up yet).

Musical history
Began playing trumpet at age 12 and had about 3 years of lessons. I then began playing in big bands in and around London. Also, started playing classical symphony orchestras and "rock" bands. recorded a few singles (yes - vinyl !). Played in jazz and classical groups in Massachusetts, Berlin (German), Delft (The Netherlands), and now Albuquerque. 

Favorite musical memory
I went through a stage once. Literally! While performing with the energetic Punk & Funk band "The Larks" in the UK the stage gave way beneath me, but I kept playing waist-deep in splintered wood. The guy next to me was kind enough to lower my microphone. 

One thing you should never do with your instrument is...
Try tuning it. They took care of that in the factory!!

Favorite music
Classical - Mahler's 5th Symphony (fantastic 1st trumpet part)
Jazz - Clifford Brown's "Brownie Speaks"

Favorite musical quote or saying
"If a composer could say what he had to say i words he would not bother trying to say it in music".- Gustav Mahler

What are three things that are always in your music case?
Valve Oil, toothbrush, and a repair kit.

If you weren't playing an instrument, what would you be doing?
I would be thinking about playing, and messing about with my experiments in the lab where I work.

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