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John GoraJohn Gora

John Gora is an award-winning musician, bandleader, vocalist, songwriter, recording artist, DJ, and dance promoter. He and his band received several Grammy nominations. John became a member of the International Polka Association’s Hall of Fame in 2011

1.  What is your first memory of polka music?
A postcard-size 45 r.p.m. in Poland with little Wally playing in late 1960s.

2.  What was the last book you read?
Elementarz.

3. What are your three favorite movies?
My Fat Greek Wedding, Robinson Crusoe, and Zorro.

4.  Spring, summer, fall, or winter?
Winter, Fall, Spring, Summer.

5.  Besides polkas, what do you listen to?
Talk radio.

6.  What historical figure would you like to spend a day with?
No one in particular. They’re all the same just have different jobs, positions, or egos.

7. If shipwrecked on an island, what would you like an endless supply of?
Onion soup mix.

8.  Where is your best place to relax?
By a campfire.

9.  What one thing — that no one knows about — are you afraid of ?
Heights.

10.  What one thing about you would surprise polka fans?
 My first instrument was a mandolin.

Polka Musicians: Share a little bit about yourself with your fans! Send your answers to these questions to: info@polamjournal.com
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Ania PiwowarczykAnia Piwowarczyk
Ania Piwowarczyk’s enthusiam lights up an audience when she takes the stage. While known primarily as a vocalist, she is also an accomplished accordionist.

1.  What is your first memory of polka music?
I was familiar with the traditional Polish polkas from the age of 5, when I began taking music lessons. However, my first intro to “Polka Music” was when I first heard Eddie B while on a trip to Chicago.

2.  What was the last book you read?
Believe it or not: The Count of Monte Cristo. I have read that novel several times!

3. What are your three favorite movies?
Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the Opera, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. There are others, but these I can watch over and over.

4.  Spring, summer, fall, or winter?
Fall.

5.  Besides polkas, what do you listen to?
Latin music and Gypsy music.

6.  What historical figure would you like to spend a day with?
Cleopatra.

7. If shipwrecked on an island, what would you like an endless supply of?
Water.

8.  Where is your best place to relax?
In the bathtub!

9.  What one thing — that no one knows about — are you afraid of ?
Darkness.

10.  What one thing about you would surprise polka fans?
 That basically, I am quite a shy person — except when I am on stage!

Polka Musicians: Share a little bit about yourself with your fans! Send your answers to these questions to: info@polamjournal.com
 Responses are printed in the order received. Please provide photo.


Ronnie MarcissukRonnie and Vilma Marcissuk
Concertina and bass guitar
Dynasticks, Detroit Polka Authority, Staś Golonka, Li’l Wally, Prime Drive, Old School, and Florida Generations
.

Right: Ronnie and wife Vilma

1. What is your first memory of polka music?
Growing up listening to Li’l Wally records while at the dinner table.

2. What was the last book you read?
Michael Connely’s Black Ice.

3. What are your three favorite movies?
The Godfather (Part 1), Goodfellas, and It’s A Wonderful Life

4. Spring, summer, fall, or winter?
Spring and summer is golf season. Fall and winter is Caribbean Cruise season.

5. Besides polkas, what do you listen to?
I like the oldies — ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Also the crooners, e.g. Sinatra, Dino and the likes.

6. What historical figure would you like to spend a day with?
John F. Kennedy

7. If shipwrecked on an island, what would you like an endless supply of ?
Ice Cream

8.  Where is your best place to relax?
On a cruise ship. Since my retirement, we go on probably six cruises per year.

9. What one thing — that no one knows about — are you afraid of ?
Death by drowning.

10.  What one thing about you would surprise polka fans?
I’m really an avid Pickleball player. Two weeks after learning the game two years ago in Florida, I took the game to heart and excelled to becoming an advanced player.

Polka Musicians: Share a little bit about yourself with your fans! Send your answers to these questions to: info@polamjournal.com
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Jackie Libera
Piano, Trumpet, Clarinet, Saxophone
Maestro’s Men, The Classix

October 2017 / Polish American Journal
Jackie Libera

What is your first memory of polka music?
My first memory would have to be my first trip to Chicago in 1963. We attended the International Polka Convention at Polonia Grove

What was the last book you read?
Gray Mountain by John Grisham. I love the law novels

What are your three favorite movies?
“The Sting”, “A Few Good Men” and “Absence of Malice” ... hmm? Two out of three for Paul Newman ... and maybe all of the “Mission Impossible” movies.

Spring, summer, fall, or winter?
 Are you kidding? Summer of course … I was a teacher!

Besides polkas, what do you listen to?
Jazz, all types, but mostly big band, and some country

What historical figure would you like to spend a day with?
George Gershwin. What an innovative and original musical mind he was!

If shipwrecked on an island, what would you like an endless supply of ?
Batteries

Where is your best place to relax?
My man cave during three seasons … the beach during the summer

What one thing — that no one knows about — are you afraid of ?
Heights ... let’s just not go there!

What one thing about you would surprise polka fans?
I am a retired public school music teacher, having taught a total of 38 years, and some of my kids have gone on to be major players in music including one who performs with the cast and crew of “Stomp.”

Polka Musicians: Share a little bit about yourself with your fans! Send your answers to these questions to: info@polamjournal.com
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Bob Naessens
Trumpet
The Dynabrass

September 2017 / Polish American Journal

Becky and Bob Naessens

Bob Naessens is a trumpet player with the Dynabrass. He is pictured here with his wife, Becky.

What is your first memory of polka music?
My parents turning on the polka shows on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

What was the last book you read?
Successful Managers (as I’m going through Sales Management Training for my Pharmaceutical Job)

What are your three favorite movies?
Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, Goonies

Spring, summer, fall, or winter?
Summer

Besides polkas, what do you listen to?
Easy listening, Rock/Roll, Irish music

What historical figure would you like to spend a day with? 
Jesus

If shipwrecked on an island, what would you like an endless supply of ?
Bottled water

Where is your best place to relax?
Golf course

What one thing — that no one knows about — are you afraid of ? 
Not finishing ALL of what God is asking me to complete

What one thing about you would surprise polka fans?
I wanted to quit playing the trumpet in the 5th grade, but my parents and the band instructor would not let me.

Polka Musicians: Share a little bit about yourself with your fans! Send your answers to these questions to: info@polamjournal.com
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Roman (Travers) Truskolaski
Clarinet, Saxophone
Ampol Aires, Pension Aires
August 2017 / Polish American Journal

Roman Travers, clarinet and saxophone player with the Ampol Aires and and Pension Aires

What is your first memory of polka music?
As a child, at a Polish wedding with my parents.

What was the last book you read?
Treblinka - Nazi Concentration Camp

What are your three favorite movies?
The Pianist, Shawshank Redemption and Singin’ In the Rain.

Spring, summer, fall, or winter?
Spring.

Besides polkas, what do you listen to?
Lawrence Welk, Vienna Philharmonic, and The Boston Pops.

What historical figure would you like to spend a day with?
Frederick Chopin.

If shipwrecked on an island, what would you like an endless supply of?
Food, water, shortwave radio.

Where is your best place to relax?
At home.

What one thing — that no one knows about — are you afraid of?
Getting an illness where I lose all control of myself

What one thing about you would surprise polka fans?
That I organized the Ampol Aires and wrote much of the arrangements for the group.


Polka Musicians: Share a little bit about yourself with your fans! Send your answers to these questions to: info@polamjournal.com
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