Dyngus Day at the Market


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On Dyngus Day, the Broadway Market WILL BE OPEN and Celebrating!!!!

Watch for more events – presently scheduled from Noon to 3:00PM the Jagermeister-sponsored, Fritz’s Polka Band will be performing at the market.

The group was formed in 1978 by lead accordionist, the late Fred Scherz Sr., and his eight-year old son, Fritz, for whom the band was named. Sadly, Fred passed away on November 14, 2009, but Fritz is going to try to keep FPB going. FPB performs an eclectic mix of musical styles, including modern polka, country, fox-trot, waltz, and more! Fritz’s Polka Band is NOT an oompa pa band or the stereotypical “polka” band. In fact, FPB is known for breaking the stereotype regarding “polka” music. FPB is the first polka band to perform at a Woodstock Festival!

Fritz’s Polka Band has made 17 recordings, which have achieved international airplay. Individuals of the band, and the band itself, have received some prestigious honors. As a group, FPB has performed on stage with “Canada’s Polka King,” Walter Ostanek (Grammy winner), “America’s Polka King,” the late Frank Yankovic (Grammy winner), LynnMarie Rink (Grammy nominee), and Glen Burtnik. Individually, Fritz has performed on-stage with Steve Augeri (former lead singer of Journey). FPB even appears on “The Manchurian Candidate” DVD, from Paramount Pictures!

Additionally, Fritz’s Polka Band has opened up shows for Walt Ostanek, the late Frank Yankovic, Jimmy Sturr (Grammy winner), and BeauSoleil (Grammy winner). FPB has played at: Woodstock ‘99, the New York State Fair, regional and county fairs, ethnic events, colleges, concerts, social occasions, corporate events, weddings, anniversaries, and benefits.

Members:

Fritz Scherz—piano accordion, button-box accordion, vocals
Gabe Vaccaro—bass guitar, guitar, vocals
Tom Campbell—guitar, vocals
Frank Nelson—guitar, vocals
Mike Faraino—drums

Recordings:
Album—”Fritz’s Polka Band,” 1982
Single—’Frankie’s Polka’ & ‘Happy Birthday Polka,’ 1985
Album—”10 Years of Fritz’s Polka Band,” 1988
Album—”Give Polka Music A Chance,” 1996
Album—”Can’t Get Enough of Polka Music,” 1997
Album—”For All Our Friends,” 1998
Album—”Polka With All Your Might!,” 1999
Album—”The Party’s Just Begun,” 2000
Album—”The Party Continues,” 2001
Album—”A Taste of Switzerland,” 2003
Single—”Jagermeister presents FRITZ’S POLKA BAND,” 2003
Album—”FPB On Tap,” 2005
Album—”Live at the New York State Fair,” 2006
Album—”It’s Christmas Time,” 2006
Single—”Jagermeister presents FRITZ’S POLKA BAND,” 2007
Album—“Reflections,” 2008
Single—“Tribute – Jagermeister presents FRITZ’S POLKA BAND,” 2009

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