- Adolph 'Bro' Wagner
- Picnic At Lily Lake
- Performing with the Band In Frankfort
- Adolph Wagner, Ed Ramel, Allen Ramel,
Frank Novak, Ed Wagner, Fred Svoboda, Henry Blaha, Paul Lawrisuk
- St. Alphonsus at Prospect Heights
- Allen Ramel, Eddie Wagner, Bob Jenson,
Bob Crossen, Jerry Pribyl (in back)
- Performng the Schuplatter
- Performing at the 75th Anniversary
Edelweiss Verein Chicago
- Founder and original member
- Frank Zacrocky, Ed Ramel,
Adolph Wagner, Ernie Muchow, Henry Blaha
- Ed Ramel, Allen Ramel, Paul Lawrisuk,
Tom Ramel, Ed Wagner, Jerry Pribyl, Ray Zitek
- 'The Boys'
- Ed and Sons
- Gaelic Park
- Val Beer and the Band
- The Third Generation
- New Generations!
- Fitzgerald's Nightclub
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The History Of Ed Wagner's Lustige Blaskapelle
This entertaining ensemble of musicians comes from a lineage that was known throughout the
Midwest as "One of America's most entertaining German, Austrian, and Czech Polka Bands."
The band's instrumentation consists of 2 Trumpets, 2 Baritones, 2 Clarinets, a Tuba and Drum.
The group was originally formed in 1945 by Adolph "Bro" Wagner and performed under the name "Bro" Wagner's Jolly Gang Band.
The band was initially comprised of "Bro's" close friends and eventually grew in size to include many notable Czech musicians
that performed at Pilsen Park.
The band has performed for many Ethnic Clubs at their dances and picnics throughout
Chicagoland such as the Jolly Burgenlanders,
Rosegger-Steirer Club, Almrausch, Austrian Social Club,
Edelweiss Schuplattler Verien-Chicago, Chicago Steirer Club at the Steirer Alm in Lilly Lake,
and was a mainstay at Ringbauer's Hall.
In addition to the ethnic clubs, the "Jolly Gang" played at numerous weddings, anniversaries,
German Fests, and Oktoberfests, most notably the German Fest at Sacred Heart Church in Lombard, Chef Klaus' Fall Festival in Frankfort,
Transfiguration Church at Wauconda's Oktoberfest as well as Oktoberfests for various Moose Lodges.
The band transitioned in the early 80's to the leadership of Adolph's son, Ed, who had been a band member since his early childhood.
Ed continued performing for the existing clubs and festivals which now included D.A.N.K. South in Frankfort,
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Moravian Clubs in Berwyn, Colony Village in Amana, Iowa, and Heinie's Hummels in Gary, Indiana.
After a brief hiatus, the band has been reorganized and is now performing under the name "Ed Wagner's Lustige Blaskapelle."
It is comprised of second and third generation musicians of the original band members which includes Ed's sons,
Eddie on tuba and Matt on baritone.
"Ed Wagner's Lustige Blaskapelle" is looking forward to entertaining previous and future fans alike,
playing their German, Austrian, and Czech favorites.
We hope to see you soon!!!