WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Joe Barton welcomed members of the Ellis County based band “Czech and Then Some” to his Washington, DC office Wednesday morning.
The band was in the nation’s Capitol performing at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the world renowned venue’s month-long celebration of “The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. ”Barton said organizers couldn’t have picked a better band to show off great polka music that also has a Texas flair. “The Czech culture is alive and well in Ellis County and this band is a perfect example of that. I am so happy that people in Washington got to see what many Texans already know – the musicians in ‘Czech and Then Some’ are some of the most fun loving, talented performers you will ever see on stage. They are great ambassadors for our area,” said Barton. Barton arranged a special tour of the Capitol for band members and then they went to the Czech Embassy to meet the country’s Ambassador. Before the band played their wide ranging set of polkas, waltzes, country music, and fun dances, the reigning King and Queen of the National Polka Festival, David and Dianne Lisaka, gave dance lessons to those in attendance. “Czech and Then Some” was formed in 1997 and its members are Aaron Schumacher (Trumpet), Zeke Martinez (Drums), John Schumacher (Bass, Voice), Jennifer Marek (Sax, Clarinet), Michelle Slovak (Sax, Clarinet), David Czarnek (Sax, Clarinet, Guitar), David Slovak (Accordion, Piano, Guitar, Voice) and Danny Zapletal (Trumpet, Keyboard, Voice).