Key Statistics:
Place of birth: Lakewood, OH
Lovelife: Married to Kelly (Stang) Walter (married 12/29/2001)
Arielle Lynn (05/03/2004)
Decimals the Dalmatian
Instruments: accordion, concertina, bass, drums

Beyond the Glory:
How did you get involved with polkas?
"When I was just a baby, my dad would hold me above the turntable and I was mesmerized by the Belaire Records label cornucopia looking thing spinning around and around. My father played the accordion and at family gatherings would play along with my uncle and cousin. My parents would drag me along as a toddler to polka dances. My grandma used to sing to me in Polish."
When did you start playing an instrument?
"I started playing the drums and accordion around 10 years of age. I played a song on drums with Bruno Mikos at a Polish picnic when I was 12."
What bands have you played with?
Years Bands
1984 - 1987 Tower City Push
1987 - 1989 Bruno Mikos & The Harmony Stars
1989 The Peach Co. (formerly Polish Peaches)
1989 - 1990 This-n-That
1990 - 1991 Northcoast Sound
1991 - Present TBC
Also performed with Freddie Bulinski & The Brass Works, Marion Lush, Harmony Tones, Dynatones, Henny & The Versa-J's, Energy, Lenny Gomulka, John Gora & Gorale, Freddie K. Band, Polka Country Musicians, Wanda & Stephanie, Common Bond & The High-Lites.
1992 TBC The New Generation - WRS
1992 compilation with TBC A Very Merry Polka Christmas - WRS
1993 TBC Blue Magic - WRS
1994 TBC Down Through The Years - WRS
1995 TBC From The Heart Of It All - WRS
1996 TBC Made In America - WRS
1997 TBC Our Polka Hero - Ethnic World
1998 TBC This time - Ethnic World
1999 TBC 1999 - Ethnic World
2001 TBC How Blue - Ethnic World
2003 TBC Polkas For A New Age - Ethnic World

What is your favorite recording that you recorded on?
Made In America
What are your favorite bands and which ones had the greatest influence on you?
Livewire-Era Dynatones
Who are your favorite instrumentalists?
Bobby Zima, "Al, Al, Al" Piatkowski, Pete Dardzinski, Lenny Gomulka
Who are your favorite vocalists?
Eddie Blazonczyk Sr., Lenny Gomulka, Lil' Wally, Mike Costa, Larry Trojak, Scrubby

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