Vernon: Dancin' at the Downs

'Roll Out the Barrel'

While Klocek and his combo dutifully perform American polka standards such as "In Heaven There is No Beer" and "Beer Barrel Polka" (also known as "Roll Out the Barrel"), they also play less-familiar numbers such as "Helena Polka," "Blue Skirt Waltz," and "Green Grass Polka," which is sung in Polish.

"Some of our polkas are sung in English and some in Polish," Klocek said. And some have Polish titles such as "Pukaj Jasiu" which translates to "John is Knocking."

The Salt City Brass got its start in 1975 at a Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Mattydale, near Syracuse. In 1980 the group released its only album, "Polka with Class," on the Lemans Records label.

The Salt City Brass, which features the dual trumpets of Dave Wilber and Frank Salvaggio (who hails from Rome, N.Y.) will perform from 3 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 30, at the Rome Polish Home, 415 S. George St.

For Salt City Brass information, contact Klocek at 689-7427, or via e-mail at saltcitybrass@aol.com.

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