Adolph Nemetz was born on January 27th, 1923 in Prague, Nebraska. He attended elementary school at St. Johns in Prague, and graduated from Prague High School in 1941.
Adolph is a World War II veteran. His service includes 2 years in the Army Engineers at Form Lewis, Washington, where he was an instructor of special schools. Upon completion of his military service, Adolph attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln Veterans Training School for 2 years where he received a certificate for general agriculture.
For the past 22 years, Adolph has been a field supervisor with the U.S Department of Agriculture Data Collection Branch.
On September 8th, 1953, Adolph married Gladys Novak in Dwight, Nebraska. They have been farming on the farm he was born on from 1954 to the present day. Adolph and Gladys have nine children, all of whom play musical instruments.
Adolph started his music career in 1941 at the age of 18. The first band Adolph played in was Fraces Vech: A 9-piece modern band from Cedar Bluffs. Other bands included:
- Ernie Kucera – Abie, NE
- Louis Pokorny Marching Band – Weston, NE
- Masek Orchestra – Valpariso, NE
- Dennis Wesley – Prague, NE
- Jerry Havel – Prague, NE
- Math Sladky (KLMS) – Wahoo, NE
Adolph purchased his present band from Math Sladky in 1960.
In 1961, Adolph did a 1 hour show on KLOL in Lincoln, NE, on Sundays from 12:30 – 1:30 PM, featuring Polka music. He did this for two years until 1963.
Over the years, the Adolph Nemetz Orchestra has traveled from Canada to Texas, from Colorado to Michigan. The band has recorded six albums which are available on 8 track & cassette tapes.
In 1968, the band was honored by the NBOA (National Ballroom Operators Association) by receiving a band award for dance music. On June 30th, 1985, the Adolph Nemetz Band celebrated its 15th anniversary with an anniversary party and dance in Lincoln. Adolph has been in the music business for over 44 years.
Source: Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony