Ray Gavlak

Mollie Busta
Tom Brusky
Matt Dziedzic
Ray Gavlak
Troy Gawlak
Paul Gifford
Lenny Gomulka
Barbara Jellinek
Kevin (DsB)
Ed Klancnik
Randy Koslosky
Steve Litwin
Rick March
Mike Matousek
Gene Mikrut
Jim Polaski
Joe Rodgers
Fritz Scherz
Mike Surratt
Stephen Terrell
Walt Wagner
Robert Walser
Lauren Wyte

From an email September 26, 2005, used by permission.

Just wanted to add a little to the discussion [of the Bernie Witkowski CD World's Greatest Polka Band].

Before Dana, Bernie recorded for a label called "Standard". His band went through a number of changes thru the years and some people I know think the Standard years were his best.. These were 78's that I had a chance to hear and I agree. These would have been from the early 40's or so.

Back in the 60's, some of this stuff was re-released on a "Colonial" lp, mono. I had it but it grew legs, my kids, I guess. :=( The liner gave no info on "Colonial" but on the bottom was "Standard Record Co." This was a very decent sounding LP.

This could be the source of the Stan-Dot CD. I bought a Kryger tape once that sounded like someone taped on/from a portable, it turned out to be a bootleg. Could be the same thing here.

A question. Is the sound that of a trio or a full orchestra? If a trio, then I'd bet on the above.

BTW, Interesting site. I've always liked the music of H-C Lumbye but couldn't locate any 'cause I had the wrong spelling of his name. Thanks for that.



[Nos says: It wasn't a trio. See what Gene Mikrut and Ken Doyle have to say.]