For Inquiries Contact
Betty Jo Simon
10349 Century Lane
Overland Park, KS 66215-2201
Phone: (913) 888-4706
email: betty@bettyjosimon.com





Occasions


The Alpen Spielers are a dynamic and energetic German polka band from the Kansas City area. They perform the various styles and vast repertoire available to polka bands with enthusiasm that draws the audience into the music. Formed in October 1982, The Alpen Spielers have performed in and around Kansas City for parties and events.

During the last twelve years, the group has been featured at polka festivals thoughout the United States, including the notable Wurstfest. Betty Jo Simon, Steve Patke, and Paul Rodabaugh form the nucleus of the Alpen Spielers; however, the group often expands to include drums and trumpet for larger festivals.

From Waltzes to Marches, Ballads to Tangos, Schottisches to Polkas--the Alpen Spielers' music is for toe-tapping, dancing or just listening.
 

  • Betty Jo Simon, leader of the Alpen Spielers, brings endless enthusiasm to the stage as vocalist, accordionist and music arranger. Her accordion has been equipped with a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI), which combines the acoustical accordion with the authentic orchestral sounds of the Roland U-220 sound module. Betty Jo performs outside of the Alpen Spielers as a concert artist with her MIDI Accordion.
  • Mark Cohick has been a freelance woodwind player in the Kansas City area for over twenty-five years, and has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, and Lyric Opera, as well as the Starlight Theater Orchestra, Kansas City Repertory Theater and Theater League productions. Mark has toured Europe with several New York productions of Broadway shows, and currently plays in the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, St. Joseph Symphony and the Liberty Symphony Orchestra. He is also adjunct professor of woodwinds at William Jewell College.
  • Paul Rodabaugh provides the ensemble with a solid foundation playing tuba and alphorn. Drawing from experience as a music educator, Paul is skilled in many styles of music, including symphonic, Dixieland, musicals and ethnic. Paul also plays with other jazz and classical groups in the Kansas City area.


In Memory

It is with a heavy heart, that the Alpen Spielers bid farewell to our friend, fellow musician, woodwind artist, and one of the original "Spielers", Steven Patke on June 25, 2005. Steve helped coin our name and his versatility and expertise on reeds added so much to our music. He was truly a musician's "musician". We are grateful we knew Steve and will forever cherish the time we had with him.



Albums
Listen to samples of each of these songs by clicking on the Play button next to each song's name.


Cassette $10 USD
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      Alpen Spielers
  1. Der Treue Husar (March)
  2. Blue Skirt Waltz
  3. Skat-Polka
  4. Schneewalzer (Snow Waltz)
  5. Der Harmonie Schottisch
  6. Unter der roten Laterne von St. Pauli
  7. Martha/Laughing Polka
  8. In Munchen steht ein Hofbrauhaus
  9. Das Kufsteiner Lied
  10. Achtung Los
  11. Dorfromantik (Waltz)
  12. Beim Stadlwirt (Polka)
  13. Landler-Gaudi
  14. Beer Barrel Polka



Cassette $10 USD
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      Alpen Spielers - Wunderbar!
  1. Liechtensteiner Polka
  2. Wunderbar Medley - Artist's Life, Two Hearts Beat in 3/4 Time
  3. Mack the Knife / Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
  4. The Wind Song
  5. Schwarzenberger Polka
  6. Edelweiss / Do Re Mi
  7. Schutzenliesl Polka
  8. Rosmarie (Waltz)
  9. "Chicken" Dance
  10. Pigalle / Petite Waltz
  11. Capri Fischer
  12. Auf, ins Werdenfelser Land (March)



CD $20 USD
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      Alpen Spielers - Wunderbar!
      a composite of both cassettes, plus an Alphorn instrumental
  1. Der Treue Husar (March)
  2. Blue Skirt Waltz
  3. Skat-Polka
  4. Schneewalzer (Snow Waltz)
  5. Der Harmonie Schottisch
  6. Unter der roten Laterne von St. Pauli
  7. Martha/Laughing Polka
  8. In Munchen steht ein Hofbrauhaus
  9. Das Kufsteiner Lied
  10. Achtung Los
  11. Dorfromantik (Waltz)
  12. Beim Stadlwirt (Polka)
  13. Landler-Gaudi
  14. Beer Barrel Polka
  15. Gruss aus Adelboden
  16. Liechtensteiner Polka
  17. Wunderbar Medley - Artist's Life, Two Hearts Beat in 3/4 Time
  18. Mack the Knife / Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
  19. The Wind Song
  20. Schwarzenberger Polka
  21. Edelweiss / Do Re Mi
  22. Schutzenliesl Polka
  23. Rosmarie (Waltz)
  24. "Chicken" Dance
  25. Pigalle / Petite Waltz
  26. Capri Fischer
  27. Auf, ins Werdenfelser Land (March)

The Alpen Spielers' 2019 - Performance Schedule
  • July 13th - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • July 14th - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • July 15th - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • July 16th - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • July 17th - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • July 18th - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • July 19th - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • July 20th - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • July 31st - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • August 1st - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • August 2nd - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • August 3rd - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • August 4th - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • August 4th - Worlds of Fun, in the Fest Haus, Kansas City, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • September 18th - Granite City Food & Brewery, 8461 NW Prairie View Rd. Zona Rosa, KC, MO[My Next Gig] (4 - 6:30pm)
  • September 20th - Macken Park, North Kansas City, MO (11:30 - 1pm)
  • September 20th - Whitman AFB, MO (5 - 8pm)
  • September 21st - Peculiar Winery, 20709 S. Harper Rd, Peculiar, MO (3 - 6pm)
  • September 21st - GACA Dance, Knights of Columbus, 5111 E. 112th Terr, Grandview, MO (7 - 10pm)
  • September 28th - Topeka Oktoberfest, Fairlawn Mall, 21st & Fairlawn, Topeka, KS (9:30 - 1:30pm)
  • September 28th - Lee's Summit Oktoberfest, 3rd & Main, Lee's Summit, MO (4 - 7pm)
  • October 2nd - Overland Park Place, Overland Park, KS (2:30 - 4pm)
  • October 4th - Shawnee Oktoberfest, Shawnee Civic Center, Shawnee, KS (6 - 10pm)
  • October 5th - Private Event (4 - 5pm)
  • October 5th - Private Event (6 - 9pm)
  • October 6th - Private Event (11:30 - 1pm)
  • October 6th - Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 14700 Leavenworth Rd, Basehor, KS (3 - 5:30pm)
  • October 10th - Overland Park Place, Overland Park, KS (3 - 4:30pm)
  • October 11th - Private Event (10:45 - 11:45am)
  • October 11th - Private Event (3 - 4pm)
  • October 11th - Private Event (8 - 11pm)
  • October 12th - Holy Field Winery, 18807 158th St, Basehor, KS (12 - 4pm)
  • October 13th - Powell Gardens, 1609 NW US Hwy 50, Kingsville, MO (2 - 4pm)
  • October 18th - Private Event (4 - 5pm)
  • October 20th - Good Shepherd Church UMC, 9555 N. Oak Trafficway, KC, MO (11:30 - 1pm)
  • October 23rd - Private Event (5:30 - 6:30pm)
  • October 24th - Private Event (3:30 - 4:30pm)
  • October 25th - Private Event (2 - 3pm)
  • October 26th - Church of the Ascension, 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park, KS (6 - 9pm)
  • December 6th - Kristkindl Markt, Kansas City United Church of Christ, 205 W. 65th St., KC., MO (5 - 9pm)

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