About

Shiner Hobo Band

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In April 1986, Speedy Beal and Jules Silvers, new part owners of the Spoetzl Brewery, decided to meet with Joe Panus and Glenn Leist and try to reorganize the Hobo Band to entertain in the Texas Sesquicentennial celebrations. Joe and Glenn contacted several musicians and held a short organizational meeting at the American Legion Hall in Shiner. Approximately twelve to fifteen musicians were present and they voted to have Joe Panus as the director, who would wield the famous toilet plunger. There were two short practice sessions at the Kasper Pavilion. A comment was made that practice was not needed because almost all members were seasoned musicians with a few exceptions. One being Glenn Leist, who decided to pretend to play a replica of a huge base fiddle and tell jokes and agitate the director. The group was noted for not listening to instructions given by Director Joe. They played first at the Trinity Lutheran Home in Shiner and were an instant hit. They were immediately booked for the Shiner Catholic Church picnics on Memorial and Labor Day holidays and the “Come and Take It” festival in Gonzales.

Eventually, the Hobos had 30 active members, with approximately twenty-five making each function. Members came from Shiner, Kokernot Hill, Port Lavaca, Victoria, Yoakum, Wied, Houston, Cuero, Schulenberg and Weimar, to name a few. Their theme song is “The Shiner Song.” Spoetzl Brewery continued to provide refreshments.

After a few short years, Joe and Glenn decided to purchase an old school bus to use for transporting the musicians to out of town functions. The bus was painted white. Sign painter, George Kalisck from Moulton, painted instruments and ‘Shiner Hobo Band’ all over the bus. Speakers were mounted on the top of the bus and Hobo tapes were played as the band drove to their engagements. The band played continuously until the untimely death of the beloved director, Joe Panus, on June 30, 1996. The band continues to entertain without a director. Various members serve as Master of jokes, and pick the next tune to be played. One of the classic features of the Hobo’s is playing each polka and waltz from memory, with some tunes played from beginning to end as it was originally written. A new bus was purchased in 1999.

The Shiner Hobo Band is a non-profit organization operating with elected officers and is sponsored by the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas.

THE HOBOS

Larry Krupala with his saxaphone

Larry Krupala, SAXAPHONE

Royce Shimek photograph

Royce Shimek
SAXAPHONE

Dalton Nollkamper with his saxaphone

Dalton Nollkamper (Bookings)
(Secretary/Treasurer)
SAXOPHONE

Walter Hermis with his saxaphone

Walter Hermis
SAXOPHONE

Ed Hrncir with his saxaphone

Ed Hrncir
SAXOPHONE

Johnny Barton with his trumpet

Johnny Barton
TRUMPET

Leonard Pokluda with his trumpet

Leonard Pokluda
TRUMPET

Elroy Sternadel with his trumpet

Elroy Sternadel
TRUMPET

Bobby Fajkus with his trumpet

Bobby Fajkus

(Vice President)

TRUMPET

Milton Wright photograph

John Dujka
KEYBOARD

Milton Wright photograph

Milton Wright
KEYBOARD and ACCORDIAN

Wade Siegel photograph

Wade Siegel
ACCORDION and SAXOPHONE

John Bordobsky
ACCORDION

John Hickl
ACCORDION

Pat Veit
ACCORDION

David Kocurek with his trumpet

David Kocurek (President)
TROMBONE

David Schroeder with his tuba

David Schroeder
TUBA

Ed Cook
TUBA

Doris Pustka with her drum sticks

Hudson Saban 
TUBA (volunteer)

Chase Schroeder
TUBA

Paul Morkovsky with his tuba

Paul Morkovsky
TUBA

Doris Pustka with her drum sticks

Doris Pustka
DRUMS

Ruben Rodriguez
DRUMS

Former Members

Rita Janak with a toilet plunger

Rita Janak
CONDUCTOR

Victor Caka photograph

Victor Caka
TUBA

Shirley Trojcak with his trumpet

Shirley Trojcak
TRUMPET

Edmund Caka with his accordian

Edmund Caka
ACCORDION

Brandy Jones photograph

Brandy Jones
TROMBONE

Kermit Thuemler with his guitar

Kermit Thuemler
GUITAR

Johnny Dornak with his tuba

Johnny Dornak
TUBA

Bob Williamson photograph

Bob Williamson
TROMBONE

Daniel Malik photograph

Daniel Malik SAXAPHONE

Laddie Janik with a broom

Laddie Janik
BROOM/WASHBOARD

Laddie Kurtz with his drum and cymbals

Laddie Kurtz (Booking’s)
DRUMS and KEYBOARD

Nathan Loth with his Tuba

Nathan Loth
TUBA

Larry Wenske with his harmonica

Larry Wenske
HARMONICA

Ed Kadlecek photograph

Ed Kadlecek
ACCORDION

Dutch Schorre with his accordian

Dutch Schorre
ACCORDION

Ernest Kurtz with his drum

Ernest Kurtz
DRUMS

Rita Janak with a toilet plunger

John Paul Dornak
DRUMS

Glenn Ondrusek with his drums

Glenn Ondrusek
DRUMS

Robert Janota photograph

Robert Janota
TROMBONE

Ronnie Pfeil photograph

Ronnie Pfeil
BARITONE HORN

Leonard Darilek with his trumpet

Leonord Darilek
TRUMPET

Laddie Kolacny with his saxaphone

Laddie Kolacny
SAXOPHONE

Joe Strauss with his accordian

Joe Strauss
ACCORDION

Hank Novak with his accordian

Hubert “Hank” Novak
ACCORDION/CONDUCTOR

Charles Filip photograph

Charles “Ronnie” Filip
COMPUTER KEYBOARD
WEBMASTER

Suzanne Kurtz photograph

Suzanne Kurtz
(Former Webmaster)
HONORARY HOBO