Join some of us at the Fountain of the Springs Germanfest in Mesa Arizona - January 14-15 - we will sit in with the Alaska Polka Chips for a few songs.
To contact Marge Ford or
the Alaska Polka Chips please email Marge at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 907-360-5678.
August 5, 1923 - March 11, 2016
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of one of our members. Fran Fiel died on March 11, 2016 in California. She had moved there to be with her son about five years ago. She was our dear long-time friend and we miss her.
The Alaska Button Box Gang is a social and recreational group dedicated to promoting the history and enjoyment of
button box accordion music. We play music for pleasure, for recreation and for many events in the greater Anchorage community. The band plays traditional Slovenian, German and Polish accordion
music as well as songs written by members of the group. Our repertoire includes polkas, waltzes, schottisches, two-steps, swing and Latin. Our recordings are available at Alaska Button Box Gang Recordings.
Some members have been playing together for about 30 years, others are newcomers to accordion music. All play because they enjoy playing the button box accordion and playing together. Members of the group hail from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, New Jersey and Colorado as well as Alaska.
The Alaska Button Box Gang performs regularly in the Anchorage area for non-profits and schools, as well as at the Anchorage Saturday Market, the library and other organizations. In addition, the group occasionally travels to other parts of Alaska and to events outside Alaska. A sampling of some events are Ironworld Polka Festival in Chisholm, Minnesota in June 2008; the Far West Button Box Jamboree in Fontana, California in 2003 and 2004 and its successor the National Button Accordion Festival in Yukon, Oklahoma in 2007, and Bessemer, PA in 2009 and 2010; the Tok, Alaska Fourth of July Celebration in 2006; the Southwest Polka Party in Las Vegas in 2001 and 2002; and the Big Joe Polka Show in 2007.
Members of Alaska Button Box Gang can often be found camping out and playing their accordions for fun. So, if you hear some polkas or waltzes on a visit to Alaska, check it out - you may be in for an impromptu jam session!
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Alaska Button Box Gang
P.O. Box 221744,
Anchorage, AK 99522-1744