Psalm 150:4 states “Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.”. The Chardon Polka Band visits churches with an accordion, drums, banjo, and saxophone to bring their own brand of “polka praise”.
In their years performing, The Chardon Polka Band has visited several churches of various denominations. They’ve taken part in church worship services, special events, praise nights, and polka masses. Congregations welcome and enjoy the band’s unique take on gospel tunes, their polka hymns, and even the occasional cantor. Crowd favorites include the interaction of learning to sing “Amazing Grace” to the tune of “The Happy Wanderer” and hearing “How Great Thou Art” with an oompah beat. The Chardon Polka Band navigates this variety of music with both joy and reverence, often stopping to share a personal story or bible verse. Indeed the group has been called upon to help with other elements of worship services besides music; stepping “behind the pulpit” to deliver sermonettes or children’s sermons.
While the band may be known for providing the soundtrack for Oktoberfests and other rowdy events across the country, The Chardon Polka Band loves being a part of church services and similar events; sharing their music and their story with folks of all ages and walks of life.
“I have always enjoyed my experiences when working with the Chardon Polka Band. I find their hearts and imaginations open to worshiping in different ways. I have discovered them to be compassionate in their proclamation of a God who loves us all. Our community looks forward to having them back each summer!”
~ Rev. Dr. Laura L. H. Barbins, Pastor, Celebration Lutheran Church (Chardon, OH)
“CPB really rocks the Pub when they play for Epiphany’s Beer and Hymns! Great musicians with engaging and fun personalities make CPB the perfect band for our special fellowship of singing, dancing and community-building. Definitely, when CPB is featured at our Beer and Hymns, it is “the best church night of the year!”
~ Jeff Lingle, Pastor, Epiphany Lutheran Church (Rock Hill, SC)