Remembering Nancy Schneider
July 24, 2015 marked the passing of my Mom, Nancy Schneider.
Needless to say, with my Dad passing less than nine months
earlier, 2015 proved to be a very difficult year. While my
Dad was the accordion player in the family, my Mom had a big
hand in planting the seeds for a love of music early on in
my life. Even though I was very young at the time, I can
still remember my Mom playing her piano on an almost daily
basis until rheumatoid arthritis set in. Over the past year
as my family and I watched her cancer progress, I was and
continue to be amazed by her resilience. She very rarely
complained about anything other than an occasional less than
desirable meal. I'm so grateful she left us with such
positive lasting memories, as I am to everyone who's
expressed their support over this past difficult year. Thank
Looking Back on 2015
Onto happier news, despite the turmoil in other areas of my
life, 2015 proved to be another great year professionally.
For Pint Size Polkas, my travels included return trips to
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, and Wisconsin. One of my
favorite stops in 2016 was northeastern Minnesota, where I
had the chance to play a couple dozen libraries this past
July. With everything going on behind the scenes, I couldn't
ask for a friendlier group of librarians and patrons to work
with, plus the scenery (and golf) was spectacular!
In November I was honored to be the recipient of two awards
from the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame in the Youth Mentor
and Support/Promotion categories. My sincere thanks to Greg
Drust for accepting the awards on my behalf, and to the
Polka Hall of Fame and its membership for recognizing my
work as a bandleader and with Pint Size Polkas. To be able
to make a living doing something I love is a thrill in and
of itself. To be honored for that work is a tremendous
privilege. Thank you!
Looking Ahead to 2016
I'm excited to say that the summer of 2016 is shaping up to
be another busy one, indeed! I have commitments from
libraries in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina,
Virginia and Wisconsin, plus will likely also be including
at least one library in Maryland as part of my East Coast
tour in July. I would be surprised if I also don't find
myself back in Illinois sometime next summer for a few more
Pint Size Polkas shows. For all the details, please visit
For the Mike Schneider Band, I'm also happy to announce that
we'll be back at the Dubuque Octoberfest on October 8 and 9,
likely including their Sunday morning Polka Mass. We've
enjoyed ourselves there very much in two previous
appearances and look forward to returning again this Fall!
We're also looking forward to return visits to St. Gregory
the Great in September and the Wisconsin Polka Boosters
Christmas Party in December, among more of your favorite
venues still to be announced.
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