Ken & Mary Turbo Accordions Express
Marysville, OH, USA
Ken brings over 40 years of music experience to the accordion duo. His music background includes not only playing the button-style accordion but also the tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, and mandola. He taught in the Creative Arts program at Ohio State University from 1979 through 1984. He was even bestowed the title “Baron of the Banjo” by Frankie Yankovic. Ken had his own rag/jazz band for many years, playing in and around Ohio as well as performing in the German Pavillon at Disney’s Epcot Center and at the Altstadt Fest in Goslar/Harz, Germany. He adds to the “Ken and Mary” duo his expertise on the 5-row diatonic harmonika, also called the button box or button accordion.
Mary’s music career has spanned over 30 years, playing both the organ and the piano accordion. She has performed at numerous festivals, banquets, and for parties. She currently brings to “Ken and Mary” her magical talent on the standard piano accordion.
"Ken & Mary" is a "turbo" powered, high energy Polka and Variety Band with a large variety of music to compliment events from Oktoberfests and festivals to dances, parties, banquets, conventions and weddings. They proudly announce that they average 200 a year. In addition, the Miller Brewing Company hired them to perform for their huge Pilsener Oktoberfest in El Salvador, Central America in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and their resume also includes numerous performances at Disney's Epcot in Orlando, FL. Their music is fun, festive, and includes lots of fun audience participation. They perform big band, swing, dixieland, ragtime, older country tunes, old standard favorites, German music as well as a variety of other ethnic songs, and of course lots of polkas (and some surprises too!!!). They can perform as a 2-piece, 3-piece, or 4-piece band. They can read their audiences and adapt their music accordingly, which makes them a perfect choice for your event.