Al Meixner – Musical Bio
A few years ago a news reporter described Al Meixner’s life as “overflowing with music.” To audiences around the world this decription cannot capture all the emotions his music has brought to millions in his over 50 years as an entertainer. Since his professional career started at age eleven, he has gone on to perform all around the world as a featured soloist with the Duquesne University Tamburitzans and with his own bands. His talents were also utilized by numerous polka, jazz, country, international, rock, tamburitza and classical ensembles.
He has also been a staff musician/arranger at Walt Disney World in Florida for over 7 years in addition to performing, producing and engineering over 70 recordings for himself and other artists – including a track on the 1994 Grammy award winner with Canada’s Polka King, Walt Ostanek.
His expertise on the button accordion has astounded audiences and critics although he was equally proficient on piano accordion, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, tambura, string bass (his college major) and vocals in eleven languages.
Although Al’s versatility allowed him to perform many kinds of music, he choose to specialize in the international folk music he has loved for his entire life.
Al Meixner – Broadcasting Bio
* While in high school, 1963-1966, Al Meixner was a regular assistant of Joe Resetar on his “Polka Ballroom” show on WSAN, Allentown, PA (NBC).
* During 1978 and 1979, although he was not the announcer, Al supplied the music for a weekly one hour German music program …
(Eine Stunde in Deutschland) on WHOL in Allentown, PA
* Starting in June of 1981 he hosted his “International Showcase” on WMUH, Allentown, PA until October of 2009. (While he was a musician at EPCOT Center, Walt Disney World from December 1987 to June, 1995, his show continued with various other announcers.)
*From January, 2010 until June, 2015, Al hosted “The International Showcase” on 24/7 Polka Heaven on the internet.
Al Meixner has always been an advocate of multi-nationality broadcasting with a heavy preference on Slovenian, German, Polish, Tamburitza, Mexican, Italian and all Slavic and Germanic genres.