"Mollie B" Busta Lange

Ridgeville Corners, OH


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     Mollie Busta has loved music for as long as she can remember.  Music always filled the Busta house between the Jim Busta Band (her father’s band) practices and recording sessions, her sister and Dad playing piano, her brother practicing drums, and the records that were played nearly non-stop.  Mollie had the beat in her at a very early age.  Her mother always says, “Mollie was dancing the polka before she could walk.”  Before Mollie started school, she started plunking notes on the piano.  And by time she was 8 years old she had enough music knowledge that her Dad put her on stage to chord along on the keyboard with the Jim Busta Band.

Busta Family in 1982

     For the next 10 years, Mollie played several instruments both in the high school band and her dad’s band.  She also composed songs for the piano (some compositions were award-winning), arranged songs for her high school choir and band, and arranged songs for the Jim Busta Band.  In addition, she served as the student-director for her high school band both in rehearsals and in concerts.  She also held roles in musicals at the Ye Olde Opera House in Spring Grove, Minnesota (her home-town).  Her favorite role was “Maria” in the Sound of Music.
Mollie Singing with JBB in 1983  
     The summer Mollie graduated from high school, she joined Karl and the Country Dutchmen out of Trempeleau, Wisconsin, while still playing full-time with the Jim Busta Band and taking on any additional gigs as vocalists for ceremonies, receptions, etc.

     Mollie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music (trumpet and voice) from Luther College and a Master of Arts degree in instruction from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.  While in school, she continued performing music of many genres in the jazz bands, the concert band, the orchestras, the choirs, and in the traveling polka bands on the weekend.

     In 2007, Mollie relocated to Ohio and joined SQUEEZEBOX, formerly known as "The Bratwurst Boys."  She continues playing and recording with SQUEEZEBOX, showcasing her versatility on several instruments, complimented by her talented vocals.

Mollie with Steve Meisner in 2003  
     Beyond performing for various events with different ensembles, Mollie enjoys her “day-job” as a teacher.  She has taught in schools (elementary though university level), in churches, and out of her own private music student.  And in her free time, she enjoys dancing and traveling.
Mollie & Steve with JBB in 2005  
     Since Mollie’s mid-teenager years, she has enjoyed performing with many bands; some of those include Jim Busta Band, Karl and the Country Dutchmen, Bruce Bradley Band, Gary and the Ridgeland Dutchmen, Music Connection, Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen, the Out-of-Town Czechs, Ray Dorschner and the Rainbow Valley Dutchmen, and SQUEEZEBOX..  In addition, Mollie has been a guest vocalist with award-winning bands, such as Toledo Polka Motion, John Gora and Gorale, Polka Family, Klancnik and Friends and Kevin Solecki.
Mollie With Freeze Dried in 2005  
Some of Mollie’s most note-worthy performances include: Iowa Governor Culver’s Inauguration Gala (Iowa City, IA, 2007), American Folk Arts Festival (Bangor, ME, 2006), “Big Joe Polka Show” (National RFD-TV program 2005-2007), Library of Congress (Washington, DC, 2002), Kennedy Center of Performing Arts (Washington, DC, 2002), Caribbean Cruise (2003), playing the role of “Maria” in the Sound of Music (Spring Grove, MN, 2003), “Polka Passion” (National PBS special, 2001), the President’s Palace in the Dominican Republic (2000), and Handel’s “Messiah” & Mozart’s “Requiem” soprano soloist (Decorah, IA, 2000).  
Promotional Picture from 2003  



- Freshly Squeezed ~ Squeezebox ~ 2008

- Polka Playin' Fool ~ John Gora & Gorale ~ 2008 ~ guest vocalist

- The Best of Polka Parade 2007 ~ 2008

- Wisconsin State Polka Festival vol. 3 ~ 2007 ~ tracks 1, 11

- Solecktive Sounds ~ Kevin Solecki ~ 2007 ~ tracks 3, 10, 17

- Squeeze Me ~ Squeezebox ~ 2007 ~

- Polka Passion ~ 2002 ~ GPN ~ tracks 2, 6, 9, 13

- Have a Jolly Mollie Christmas ~ Mollie Busta ~ 2001

- Come, Let Us Sing Joyfully to the Lord ~ Jim Busta Band ~ 2001

- Luther College Concert Band ~ 2001 ~ Dorian Festival Productions ~ tracks 5, 6, 7

- West Coast Tour 2001 ~ Luther College Nordic Choir ~ 2001 ~ Dorian Festival Product.

- Handel’s Messiah ~ Luther College ~ 2000 ~ Dorian Festival Product. ~ disc 1, track 18

- Just Playin’ Around ~ Jim Busta Band ~ 2000

- Boys Day Out ~ Karl and the Country Dutchmen ~ 1999

- A Song for Everyone ~ Mollie B ~ 1998

- Golly Gee… Mollie B. ~ Jim Busta Band ~ 1997

- Jim Busta with Family and Friends ~ Jim Busta Band ~ 1991

Mollie dancing with her mom at Gibbon Polkafest in 1985   Mollie and Ted with the Jim Busta Band in Rochester, MN, February 2007   Mollie and Steve performing with the Jim Busta Band in a parade in 1999
Mollie and her younger brother Jason singing together at the LaCrosse Oktoberfest in 2006   Mollie and Ted "Jammin" at the Seven Springs Polka Fireworks Festival in July 2006   Mollie and Ted hangin' out while on break with the Jim Busta Band in Independence, WI, May 2006


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