Thursday, September 24, 2009

Despite hard times, polka band sees joy through music

I want to send a little bit of love out to Fritz's Polka Band.

They're known as the only polka band sponsored by Jagermeister as well as the polka band to have performed at Woodstock. But things have been less than celebratory lately in this band's world. Band member Fred Scherz, Sr., and father to band leader Fritz Scherz has been battling cancer for the past few months. Fred recently was able to perform with the band after months away, prompting Fritz to send me this e-mail, which he gave me permission to share with you:

"My dad, Fred Scherz, Sr., jammed with us tonight on four tunes at the J.D. George Elementary School 'Back to School' event in Verona. My Dad has been bravely battling cancer and hadn't performed with us since July 25. It was so AWESOME having him play again with us. He played the last four tunes of the gig with us: 'Golden Star Polka,' 'Tribute,' Good Hearted Woman,' and 'Pay Me My Money Down.' When we played the 'Golden Star Polka,' I had tears in my eyes as it was so touching to look over at my Dad and see how happy he was, not to mention how great he sounded!!"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Pay me my money down. You guys played it at the boilermaker and again for me at your show in clinton a few days later. Keep it up and God bless Fred

September 24, 2009 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Their music is absolutely amazing. After talking to Fritz for a while one evening, I learned that he is too! Keep the music coming guys and keep those here and those up above keep tapping their feet and dancing!!!

September 25, 2009 7:52 AM  
Anonymous Fritz said...

Thank you kindly for posting, Cassaundra. And to Anonymous above, thank you for the kind words. If I can be half the person my Dad is, I'll have accomplished a lot. :) Thank you.

September 25, 2009 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Tony M said...

I am a fan club member and Fritz's polka band is Great! There music is so very nice, they play all kinds of music, Not just polka. They write songs also. They are their for people when we need them, now it is our turn to be thier for Fred Sr. God bless Fred and keep fighten!!

September 25, 2009 7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband and I love Fritz's Polka Band . They have touched many hearts and lifted many peoples spirits with their upbeat music . We love every one of their songs. I've even had the privilege of singing with Fritz . They are all very talented band members! Best wishes and prayers to Fred Sr. You and the band are icons!!

September 26, 2009 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Pat Koz, Pat J & Sandy said...

Fritz Sr. you are in so many people's prayers and thoughts. You WILL get through this just you wait and see. We love your music. See you at the next gig.

September 28, 2009 11:46 AM  

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