I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where I reside
I grew up in a household full of musicians, so it was my
to become a musician, too. I started playing the piano when I
enough to see over the keyboard, received my first drum set when I
ten years old, started taking tuba lessons in the 4th grade, picked
the bass guitar in the 7th grade, and somewhere in the middle of all
playing the accordion. I officially started my musical
at age 11 occasionally playing drums with Don Nedobeck's Water
Tavern Band. I'll never forget my first "big gig" back in 1982
in Lake Geneva, WI, from where I returned to Milwaukee with a crisp
No one in my 6th grade class at that time believed I made a hundred
1986 at the age of 16, I joined my first polka band and performed
with them for twenty years. During that time, I also became
several other bands in the
area. I occasionally help out
other bands as a sideman, whether it's playing drums,
accordion, keyboard, or bass guitar.
run a business called Polkasound
Productions out of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It started in 1990 as a four-track
recording studio and has since grown into a 24-track digital
studio with its name a respected label in the polka
Through Polkasound Productions, I administrate several websites,
Music. WPM is one of the
top-ranked polka websites in
receiving over one million hits a year.
am currently a member of these fine organizations:
am an avid
bicyclist. I ride several hundred miles a year, primarily for
fitness and recreation.
don't consider myself a
"cat person", but I was blessed to have the
most wonderful cat for nearly seventeen years. I found Kittling
1993, wandering as a stray kitten in the cold, snowy parking lot of a
She passed away peacefully on November 4th, 2009.
In 1998, I adopted a tiny farm kitten from Lena, Illinois.
Unfortunately, he had a disease and died from dehydration after just
three days in my care. When I noticed he was ill, I rushed him to
a 24-hour emergency animal
hospital, but they could not save him.
A few weeks after Kittling passed away in 2009,
came into my
exactly the same way as Kittling. Not only did I meet him
wandering as a stray kitten in a cold, snowy parking lot of a
dance hall, but the day I found
happened to be
December 20th, Kittling's
birthday. Knowing it was a sign from Kittling, I adopted him on
Three years later, a friend called me and asked if I
help find a
home for a stray that had wandered onto her mom's property and had been
living there for the past few days. I offered to pick up the
kitten the next day, and then I realized that day, once again, happened
to be December 20th. Kittling must have known I had been thinking
about getting a companion for Snickers, so she sent me this one.
I adopted him into my home and named
Snickers and Arthur have become the best of friends.
The Kittling Brusky
has been established to honor Kittling's memory. To date, the
fundraiser has donated over one-thousand dollars to local,
non-profit cat shelters. The fundraising period begins on
November 4th and ends on December 20th. Please consider making a
donation in 2013.
not too often you
receive a Susan B. Anthony
dollar or a Kennedy half-dollar
your day-to-day transactions, but then you're
doing business with me! I regularly collect and recirculate these
and other seldom-seen coins to foster an interest in others about coin
a photographer, I'm as
amateur as they come, but I'm not too
shabby at digital editing. Click the link to view a selection of
that I've made available as
wallpaper for your computer.
occasionally compose new music both
inside and outside the polka genre. I've
written/composed over thirty songs to date, many of which have been
on my CDs over the years.
Studio, which I founded in 1990, has turned
out many polka recordings, countless demos and other
projects over the years.. It's also where I record the music
for my own
CDs. Polkasound is a DAW-based studio running Cubase 7 on a Windows 7
64-bit operating system.
am an avid tennis
belong to a league, but also play recreationally with various players
throughout the Milwaukee
area. You can find me on
tennis courts three or four days a week from April through November.
an occasional gamer, and in my spare time I'll
play many types of
games on my XBox 360, from first-person shooters to sports.
From 1984 to 1992 (age 14
to 22) I was an avid artist specializing in
created roughly a couple hundred works in oil, acrylic, charcoal,
this period. Below are four of my original paintings from this
CHOCOLATE MILK CONTAINERS
I traveled by
always checked out the dairy coolers of the local gas stations to see
brand of chocolate milk they carried. As a
former connoisseur of chocolate milk, I've collected well over fifty
from across the United States and Canada, each from a different
DIECAST POLICE VEHICLES
own just about every commercially-released diecast car of Wisconsin law
enforcement agencies. The link will take you to a page showing
all the cars in my collection.
2001, I combined my hobby of
police cars with my capabilities as a graphic designer and spent a
a year making
customized, limited editions
various Milwaukee-area police agencies. I
either donated my
sold them at auction on eBay. Some of the cars sold for over a
hundred dollars. Below are four of my creations.
2008 to 2012, I served a four-year term as a Notary Public of
the State of Wisconsin. This is an office reserved for
exemplary citizens to provide such services as certifying copies
of legal documents, administering oaths and affirmations, and
witnessing the signing of affidavits.
I could throw a baseball 70 MPH.
I aced the Navy's preliminary entrance exam.
I once won a game of computer solitaire in 61 seconds.
I am related to a Green Bay
Packer Hall of Famer.