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Happy New Year, and Happy National Polka Month! In case youve missed the last few newsletters Ive sent out, the following is a synopsis of 2016, plus a look ahead to 2017. Looking forward to finally getting my new Mike Schneider Band CD submitted for production hopefully next month, and to all the Pint Size Polkas fun in store for the coming summer. Stay tuned for details this Spring as new dates are coming in now regularly. In the meantime, enjoy this text copy of my Annual Newsletter, and hope to see you soon!

LOOKING Back on 2016
I would say that the year 2016, more than anything, was a year of recovery from the previous two years. Thanks again to you for your support during those difficult times!

In their aftermath, I was very fortunate to put on more than 110 Pint Size Polkas programs at libraries in 10 states this past summer, and followed that up with my busiest Oktoberfest season to date with nearly 50 bookings in September and October, mostly with the Mike Schneider Band. My new van is really getting a work out. I've put on nearly 30,000 miles since I bought it in March. Whew!

I also celebrated National Polka Day on Tuesday, August 9 with the Live At Four news crew at WISC-TV in Madison. Full disclosure, after more than 20 years as a professional polka musician, I had no idea August 9 was National Polka Day! But, we had a good time celebrating nonetheless! You can see the clip on my Facebook page, then scroll down to my August postings.

Sadly, the traditional dance business has really slowed down. Of particular note, I enjoyed nearly 20 years performing at the Essen Haus in Madison, but at this point am not booked there for future dates. I would like to thank them for their many years of past business. If you'd like to see my band back there or at any venue that supports quality polka music, please pass the good word along thank you!

While conventional venues have faded a bit, I'm optimistic that my public and private work during the festival and Oktoberfest seasons will continue to grow. The outlook for Pint Size Polkas is also looking extremely bright, with nearly 100 shows booked in ten states on the calendar already for this coming June, July and August. You can get more details on my summer schedule by visiting, or the Schedule page here at for band appearances.

"Happy Polka Day!" will be the title of my forthcoming CD. I'm aiming to have it in to the disc manufacturer by next month, and perhaps release it then, as well. Didnt quite make the National Polka Month deadline, but again, Im hoping youll think it was worth the wait! The new album will feature four new original tunes, plus numerous familiar songs that I've put my own special mark on something I try to do with each new recording. Stay tuned for samples and release information, hopefully within the next few weeks! For previews, please visit

As always, be sure to join our growing list of fans on Facebook here, or for Pint Size Polkas here. Once youre there, click the Like button at the top of the page.

Until next time, have a very happy National Polka Month!

Mike Schneider
The Mike Schneider Band

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