Your LabelThe band released a new CD commemorating the 40+ years Gary has had the band and radio show. Picture taken in WJMQ studio with Gary's Grandson Jacob. Learn more about this CD here.
May 31 2014
Your LabelThe Old Lager Orchestra played it's first dance job 40 years ago on May 31, 1974.
Your LabelThe band released Polkas For The Young At Heart. The model on the front cover is Gary's Grandson Jacob (age 3 in the photo). Learn more about this CD here.
Your LabelThe band released On A Musical Trek. This CD is all big band dance music.
Learn more about this CD here.
August 1 2001
Your LabelWhat does the robin, Antigo silt loam, and the Wisconsin Waltz all have in common? They are all official symbols of the state of Wisconsin.
In 2001, the State Legislature listened to the recording of the Wisconsin Waltz by the Gary Kuchenbecker band (from the CD "Music In The Grand Tradition") when they decided to vote on making the song the official state Waltz.
Your LabelThe band released Music In The Grand Old Tradition. This CD is all polka/waltz music. Learn more about this CD here.
Your LabelThe band released Celestial Sounds. This CD is half polka/waltz and big band dance music. Learn more about this CD here.
Your LabelThe radio show changed its format and station. Gary had been hosting a taped polka show on WTCH-AM, and a live big band request show on WOWN-FM. The shows combined into one broadcast, and moved to WJMQ-FM.
Your LabelAs an experiment, Gary started hosting a live big band request show on Memorial Day weekend of 1985 on WOWN-FM. The plan was for the show to only go for the summer, but it was an instant hit and became a weekly show before the summer ended.
November 14 1984
Your LabelThe band recorded the Sunday Afternoon Polka Party album. Today, that music is part of the compilation CD called 3 Sessions in 1. Learn more about this CD here.
November 15 1980
Your LabelThe band recorded the Old Lager Polkas album. Today, that music is part of the compilation CD called 3 Sessions in 1. Learn more about this CD here.
December 5 1977
Your LabelThe band did their first recording, four songs on two 45 RPM records. Today, this music is part of the 3 sessions in 1 compilation CD. Learn more about this CD here.
Your LabelGary started hosting his first radio show, a 1 hour taped polka show that aired on WTCH-AM/FM in Shawano, Wisconsin.
May 31 1974
Your LabelA life-long dream was realized when the Old Lager Orchestra formed and played its first dance job.