The 2/5th’s Party Band is comprised of former members of the Jerry Schneider Band – Denis Thull on drums, Patti Schoenborn-Kinjerski on keys and vocals, Tom Schneider doing whatever it is he does and the newest member to join us, Jon Kabat on upright bass. Jon and his wife Gina live with their family in Kiel, WI. Both have a varied musical background that brings a great touch to the band! That rounds out our 4 piece ensemble.
From time to time, you’ll see Jerry Schneider sitting in on trumpet and he knows that he’s welcome to jump in any time he would like.
2/5th’s is rooted in Wisconsin and German Polka. We play many of the songs from the JS Band. We are adding tunes all the time to give our shows a little extra kick. We’re expanding our selections to include classic swing tunes and country tunes by Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Bob Gibson and more!! We’d love to see you at one of our shows. Check out the “Events” page to see where we’ll be next.
Why 2/5th’s??? We get a lot of questions asking why we call ourselves
2/5th’s Party Band. Here’s the answer… The very first engagement of what would become the 2/5th’s Party Band was Tom and Patti duo for the 60th wedding anniversary of George and Irene Simon of DePere. The Jerry Schneider Band was comprised of 5 members – our first performance was 2 of the 5. Since, we’ve grown it to 4 members, remaining the 2/5th’s Party Band, a continuing tribute to Jerry Schneider and the roll he played in getting us all to perform together. Thanks Dad!!
Jerry formed his band in June of 1967. The year 2021 marked 54 years of providing happiness to people literally all over the world. Highlights over the 54 years include three Caribbean Oktoberfest Cruises, countless group trips to Europe, being selected
to perform at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C in 1992 for the Tribute to Germany Festival and meeting wonderful people, making lasting friendships everywhere they went. Jerry has retired from the band focusing his
efforts on producing and hosting his live radio show every Saturday morning from 9 to noon on 1450 am KFIZ in Fond du Lac.
Tune in and listen to Jerry every Saturday morning!!