Roger Bright, whose polka band played in 33 states, Canada, and Europe, also became
an ambassador for New Glarus. Bright's Cleveland style polkas included a Swiss influence
and wherever he played he promoted New Glarus, Wisconsin. Bright's music was recorded
on many albums, including hit songs such as "Everywhere You Go" and "Come to the
Mountain." When not on the road, The Roger Bright Band was a fixture at the New Glarus
Hotel on most weekends. In the early 1970s Bright also played on Johnny Carson's
Tonight Show with Frankie Yankovic. He also appeared on the Phil Donahue Show and
performed with the St. Louis Pops Orchestra.
Roger Bright was born February 12, 1937. Roger began his musical career at age twelve.
He formed a band at age fifteen and made his first recording at the age of nineteen.
Roger is no stranger to the music and recording industry, releasing albums of his
own assisting others on many albums. He also produced the 150th Anniversary Wisconsin.
Every Sunday he hosted “The Roger Bright Show,” which aired on radio station 1260AM,
WEKZ in Monroe, Wisconsin. Roger was a member of America’s Polka King Frankie Yankovic
and his Yanks. Roger recorded on 10 albums with Frankie Yankovic for the Columbia
Records label. Roger has played in thirty three states including the major entertainment
cities of Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe. He has performed concerts with the St.
Louis Pops Orchestra in St. Louis, Missouri and at the Town Hall in New York City.
He has also entertained throughout Europe and most of Canada. Roger has appeared
on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Phil Donahue Show, Polka Varieties, the
Charlotte Peters Show, the Orion Samuelson Show, Don McNeil’s Breakfast Club and
Joey Miskulin’s "Cleveland-The Polka Town." He has received countless awards including
a commendation from the state of Michigan, a key to the city of Grand Haven, MI and
honor for the preservation of polka music for Frankenmuth, MI as well as multiple
accolades in his home state of Wisconsin. Those awards include a special notice for
the promotion of University of Wisconsin athletics, the Senior Achievement Award
in 1997, Band of the Year in 1997, a certificate of commendation from Governor Tommy
Thompson and being inducted into the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame in 2000. He is
also inducted in the "Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame" in Cleveland, Ohio. Roger
Bright died August 28, 2001, at Boulder Colorado Community Hospital from a heart
attack he suffered while performing at a polka festival.
Roger Bright, en zijn polkaband speelden in 33 staten van Amerika, Canada en Europa.
Hij werd ook een ambassadeur voor New Glarus. Bright’s Cleveland style polka's hebben
een Zwitserse invloed. Waar hij ook speelde, Roger promootte New Glarus, Wisconsin.
Bright’s muziek werd vastgelegd op vele albums, inclusief hits als ‘Everywhere You
Go’ en ‘Come To The Mountain’. Wanneer hij niet op tournee was, speelde de Roger
Bright Band in het weekend in vast verband in het New Glarus Hotel . Tijdens de beginjaren
70 trad Bright op tijdens de Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show met Frankie Yankovic. Hij
verscheen ook op TV tijdens de Phil Donahue Show en hij trad op met het St. Louis