The Red and Whites gathered for their summer membership meeting on July 9th and we had a blast! After a filling meal catered by Koopman’s Catering and delicious chef-inspired desserts provided by all our members, we had our meeting to take care of a little business and then lined up for the Grand March to start our afternoon of dancing fun. The Dujka Brothers blessed us with their musical talents keeping the dance floor active playing all our favorite polka and waltzes and a few classic county hits sprinkled here and there. If folks weren’t on the dance floor, they were dancing in their seats or singing along enjoying the spectacular music. There were plenty of smiles on faces and laughter sounding out, along with a few whoops and hollers just for added flair. I believe it’s safe to say a good time was enjoyed by all, even those who were enjoying the party in Polka Heaven.
Western Swing music. “The secret was it had a good dance tempo, mmpah- mm-pah, a 2/4 rhythm. The thing that Milton [Brown] said was ‘If I pattern my music and make it a good polka tempo out the songs I play, play the polka tempo just a little bit harder, I think I’ll have a good band.’ When you boil it down, it was a good simple, polka beat.”--- Leon “Pappy” Selph ( Light Crust Doughboys, Bob Wills, Blue Ridge Playboys).
This month we celebrate our country and our freedom adorning the colors of red, white, and blue signifying our allegiance to America. We have picnics and parades and parties and dances and lots of fireworks. In other words, we have a lot of fun enjoying being part of our huge American family. We also take time to thank, celebrate, and remember those who have served or are serving to win and sustain our freedom. So let’s fly our colors proudly and celebrate our great America!
Scenes from Burton, Brenham, East Bernard, Schulenburg, St. Mary, Sealy, Moravia and Houston.
Stribrnanka, a brass band from South Moravia (Europe), made a swing through Texas performing in Hallettsville, Seaton, and Ennis. Their wide repertoire of Moravian and Czech folk music along with their own compositions illustrated both the differences and similarities of music from the old country and the Texas versions. The energetic, choir-like, singing showed the camaraderie of the group as they belted out both familiar and new songs to the audience as solos and duets backed by their brass and reeded instruments. A good time was had by all.