Monday, August 21, 2017

FRITZ’S POLKA BAND AND ALL FRITZ’S POLKA BAND MEMBERS NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL AWARDS!

Fritz's Polka Band (FPB) from Verona, NY, as well as all FPB members have been nominated for national awards by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame (CSPHOF) in Euclid, OH.  FPB has been nominated in the “Band of the Year” category. Original remaining FPB members, Fritz Scherz (accordionist/vocalist) and Gabe Vaccaro (bassist/vocalist) have both been nominated in the “Musician of the Year” category, while fellow FPB members, Frank Nelson (guitarist/vocalist) and Mike Faraino (drummer) have been nominated in the “Sideman of the Year” category.  The winners will be announced during the CSPHOF Awards Show on Saturday, November 25th at the Cleveland (OH) Downtown Marriott Hotel as part of the annual Thanksgiving Polka Weekend. 

“The guys in FPB were already eager to play again in Cleveland on November 24th and 25th, as we always have a great time there,” said Fritz Scherz, band leader of Fritz's Polka Band.  “Now, with FPB as well as each FPB member nominated for national awards, this has raised our anticipation for Thanksgiving Weekend tenfold. To think we get to play twice that weekend AND attend the awards show as nominees is a fabulous feeling! We encourage our friends to join the CSPHOF right away and vote for us!!!”

Fritz's Polka Band has been performing for over 38 years, and made history in 1999 by becoming the first polka band to play at a Woodstock Festival.  FPB has made 18 recordings and appears on "The Manchurian Candidate" DVD, released in 2004.  FPB won a Just Plain Folks Music (JPFM) Award in the Best Polka Song category for Bialczak’s Polka in 2006.  FPB won an Upper State Independent (USI) Award in Syracuse, NY in 2008 and 2009.  In 2009, FPB won a Syracuse Area Music Award in the Best Recording: Other Styles category for their “Reflections” recording.  In 2010, FPB was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame.  In 2011, FPB had two songs (‘Grandparent’s Polka’ and ‘Here Is Fritz’s Polka Band’) included in two episodes of the TV show, ‘Breaking Bad’. 
 FPB was nominated in 2012 for two USI Awards. In 2013, FPB released their 18th recording, a double live CD entitled, “The WSKG Sessions”. In 2014, all FPB members were nominated for national awards by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame! In 2015, Fritz and Gabe were nominated for national awards by the CSPHOF. In 2016, Fritz was nominated for a national award by the CSPHOF. Earlier this year, FPB was nominated for three JPFM Awards.

For more information on FPB, email Fritz at: fpolkaband@aol.com or call him at: (315) 363-3509, visit the band’s website: www.fritzspolkaband.com, their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/fritzspolkaband, and/or their Twitter feed at: www.twitter.com/fritzspolkaband.  For details on joining the CSPHOF, go to: www.polkafame.com and/or call: (866) 66-POLKA.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

COUNCILMAN SCHERZ ANNOUNCES CO-WINNERS OF 8th ANNUAL FRED SCHERZ SR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY SERVICE!



Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., Councilman on the Verona Town Board in Verona, NY, announced today that he has selected Racheal Cadrette and Olivia Musacchio both from the Town of Verona as the co-winners of the 8th Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service.  Ms. Cadrette has volunteered for the “Tour de Cure”, the Special Olympics, Adopt a Highway, and Math Buddies, as well as numerous other activities. Ms. Musacchio has volunteered for the Town of Verona Summer Park Program, the Special Olympics, Turning Stone Resort and Casino Races, and Vacation Bible School, as well as many other activities. As co-winners of this award, Ms. Cadrette and Ms. Musacchio each received a certificate of accomplishment and a check for $125. 

“Upon reviewing this year’s applications, I narrowed it down to Ms. Cadrette and Ms. Musacchio,” said Scherz.  “After a few weeks of trying to choose a single winner, I came to the conclusion that both were worthy, as it’s obvious Racheal and Olivia both care about not only the Verona community, but the surrounding areas as well, as their volunteerism has extended beyond the Town of Verona.  I congratulate Racheal and Olivia for not only winning the scholarship, but for also setting a great example for others to follow.  On a personal note, I know my Dad would’ve been impressed with the on-going volunteer efforts of both of these young women!”

For more details on the 8th Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service, visit Fritz’s
website at:  www.fritzscherz.com, his Twitter feed at: www.twitter.com/fritzscherz, his blog at: www.fritzscherz.blogspot.com, or call: (315) 363-3509. 
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

COUNCILMAN FRITZ SCHERZ ANNOUNCES 8th ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY SERVICE!



Fred “Fritz” Scherz, Jr., Councilman on the Verona Town Board in Verona, NY, has again created the
Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service.  The 8th annual scholarship will be
in the amount of $250 and will be awarded by Fritz to a Town of Verona, New York student who is on track to graduate from 12th grade at a high school (public or private) or home school by June 30, 2017.  Additionally, the student must have lived in the Town of Verona, New York since at least December 1, 2016, and must be voluntarily engaged in community service or must have created a community project. 

“I did the inaugural scholarship back in the spring of 2010 as a way to honor my Dad’s memory,” said
Scherz.  “My Dad, Fred Scherz Sr., truly believed in giving back to his community, and took pride in helping many people,” said Scherz.  “Last year, I presented Kierstyn Kahler with the 7th Annual Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for Volunteer Community Service.  I plan on self-funding this year’s scholarship in my Dad’s name and feel that if students get started in volunteering at a younger age, they’ll continue to do so once they’re out of school. I’m a strong believer that volunteerism is a great thing for any community!” 

To view the complete rules and to get an application for the Fred Scherz Sr. Memorial Scholarship for
Volunteer Community Service, go to:  www.fritzscherz.com.  For more information on Fritz, go to:  
www.fritzscherz.com, his Twitter feed at: www.twitter.com/fritzscherz, his blog at: www.fritzscherz.blogspot.com, or call: (315) 363-3509.  Deadline to apply is May 13, 2017.
           
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