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Meet The Dynasticks - Detroit's Spirit of Polkas

reprinted from their 1989 press booklet

The Dynasticks are a versatile band. We have performed throughout Michigan for over 10 years. By popular demand, we have also taken many roadtrips and performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. Although we specialize in polka music (polkas, obereks, waltzes) we also play a variety of popular music from the 40's through the 80's


TONY KEMPINSKI

Tony's interest in music began at the age of 9 which was just the beginning of the many musical talents of which he is capable. He began his music career at the age of 13 at which time he was a self-taught drummer and by the time he was 15, he began performing professionally with the Polka Kavaliers. When he turned 17, he joined and traveled across the United States with Marion Lush. In 1972, he formed his first band, The Dynasticks, during which that time successfully produced 2 albums. In 1980, the Dynasticks decided to take a break.

Having played with numerous well known polka bands such as the Stas' Golonka, Chris, Jack & Music and the Motor City Polka Jacks, he has also contributed to the recordings with The Brass Connection, Dan Gury & the Dyna Dukes, C.J. Lackowski & Polka Magic, The Zug Islanders as well as the Chicago based Dial-A-Tones.

Getting back together with a few new members, The Dynasticks made their comeback in 1985. Four years later, the Dynasticks' 3rd album entitled "Back On Track" was produced. Kempinski is not only responsible for the music arrangements of the Dynasticks, but also oversees any necessary studio work, bookings and MC'ing of all events. The drums, trumpet, bass, guitar, concertina and vocals are also part of his talents.

Tony is single and resides in Detroit, Michigan. He is employed with Preferred Floor Coverings of Farmington Hills.


EDDIE SIWIEC

Eddie began performing professionally in 1969. In 1972, Siwiec received a scholarship to Interlochen International Music Camp - Michigan's most prestigious music school.

Eddie has recorded with many well know polka bands such as Stas' Golonka, Dan Gury & the Dyna Dukes, Rick Vinecki's Melody Kings, Chris, Jack & Music, Wanda & Stephanie, The Misty Blues and "Big Daddy" Marshal Lackowski. In total, Eddie has recorded 11 albums.

His many talents with the Dynasticks include the clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and vocals. Eddie's keen ear and talent for musical arranging has helped contribute to the success of the Dynasticks' recordings. Eddie is married and resides in Roseville, Michigan. He is employed as a Sales Manager of Memory Graphics, a graphic arts company.


KEITH HABRATOWSKI

Keith began playing the accordion professionally at the age of 8 and two years later began playing the clarinet. At 13 years of age, he formed his own band The Brass Buttons and shortly after played with the Smiling Faces. Up until the age of 21, Keith had been receiving private music lessons.

The Motor City Polka Jacks, The Jax, Detroit Polka Authority, and The Zug Islanders are all well known polka bands Keith has been associated with prior to joining the Dynasticks. Habratowski received a degree in music in 1977 and was the Music Educator at Warren Tower High School where he was Band Director and taught technical theater.

Keith is married to Polka Joe and Waltzing Wanda's daughter Sandy, and resides in Trenton, Michigan. He has been employed for 10 years as a Technical Representative for Dictaphone Corporation.


JOHN ZELASKO

John began his musical career playing with the Polka Kavaliers in 1978 at the age of 11. Prior to becoming a member of the Dynasticks, Zelasko played with many other polka bands such as The SoundAires, The Prime Drive Special, The Brass Connection, Rick Vinecki's Melody Kings, and was one of the original members of the Zug Islanders. John also formed his own band, "The Motor City Brass." To date he has contributed to the recording of 4 albums.

Playing the accordion at the age of 8 was just the beginning of John's musical career. Trumpet, drums, bass, piano/keyboards and the concertina are also included in the list of John's musical talents.

John is single and resides in Trenton, Michigan. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Technology and is presently employed as an Electronic Technician at Lectron Products.


PAUL FUDALLA

Paul started his professional music career in 1972 and two years later, in 1980, joined his first polka- band, the Sound Aires. Prior to joining the Dynasticks, Paul recorded with other well known polka bands such as the Dyna Dukes, The Jax and then went on to form his own band called the Prime Drive Special. To date, Fudalla has recorded 2 albums and some of his many talents with the Dynasticks include playing the concertina, drums, trumpet, bass and the guitar. Paul is single and resides in Hamtramck, Michigan. He is presently employed as a driver with Brink's, Inc.

BILL GULA

Bill first began his musical career with a rock band in 1978. Four years later, in 1982, Bill joined and later recorded a hit album with Stas' Golanka and the Chicago Masters.

Prior to performing with the Dynasticks, Gula gained recognition in Chicago for his many fine performances with Little Richard, and for playing and recording with Windy City Brass and Joe Walega. Bill also hosted "Polka Mania", his own polka radio show in Chicago. Bill's musical talents include the trumpet, flugle horn, bass and vocals.

Bill joined the Dynasticks in January of 1989 and is the newest member of the band. Residing in Chicago, Illinois, he is employed as a Price Reporter. for the Chicago Board Options Exchange.


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