The unique thing about this orchesta is half the players play multiple instruments, which helps the band produce all types of music. Fritz along with wife Susan, John Valenta, Jr., and Mary Valenta take care of the vocals in the band.
Members of the band consist of John Valenta, Sr. on clarinet, sax, and piano; Al Marquardt on clarinet, sax, and trumpet; Gene Burmeister on trumpet; Bob Bodorph on trumpet; John Valenta, Jr. on drums and vocals; Ted Groedke on bass; Bud Ginnrich on piano; and band leader Fritz Willfahrt on vocals, accordion, concertina, button accordion, trumpet and piano.
John’s wife Mary is the band’s secretary and also books jobs.
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