Jimmy Brosch

Theresa Cernoch Parker

    For 65 years, Jimmy Brosch has entertained folks with all kinds of music—polkas, waltzes, Big Band, country, Western Swing, even rock-and-roll. Originally from Praha, Texas, Jimmy led a band for 50 of those 65 years—Jimmy Brosch and His Happy Country Boys—and is probably best known for coming out with the Corn Cockle Polka in 1967. Jimmy worked as a switchman for Southern Pacific Railroad for 37 years and dabbled in several entrepreneurial ventures, including J&B Motors, a long-time fixture on Washington Avenue in Houston. At age 88, he still takes to the stage every so often to sing some of his favorite tunes, play his fiddle and harmonica and blow the sax.

    Theresa Cernoch Parker is a third-generation Texan and native Houstonian born to a German mom and Czech/Irish dad. She grew up within walking distance of SPJST Lodge 88 in the Heights area and remembers going to dances with her parents at the lodge and Bill Mraz Ballroom. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Houston and currently works as a contract writer for corporate communications clients.

    Theresa founded the website Polka Beat in 2010 to honor the memory of her dad, a passionate polka lover, and to promote Texas polka music and heritage.

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24707 Weld Ct.

Katy, TX 77494

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