|The History of Brother
Burr and the Burros
Graydon Burow attended a one room schoolhouse where Evelyn (Olson) Dorschner
taught Grades one through six. While Graydon was in his third grade, she
asked all the students what they thought they would do as adults. Graydon
responded by saying that he planned to become a Bandleader of a polka band.
From time to time, his Third Grade Teacher would remind him of that prophetic
Several years later, at the age of 18, Graydon wrote these words for the
cover of his first LP recording, "We started the orchestra upon my graduation
from Kenyon High School, which was in 1956. Our first occasion to play
for a dance was for the centennial of my home town, Kenyon Minnesota."
At the time these recordings were made, Brother Burr and the Burros was
the youngest old time band playing in a steady venue of popular dance halls
around Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska. When these recordings were
made, Graydon was 23. The other band members were about the same age,
ranging in only a few years either way. They came from Claremont, Owatonna,
Rochester, Kenyon, Red Wing and the Twin Cities. Some of their members
attended college in Mankato and in the Twin Cities. Others, who had graduated
from colleges, were Music Teachers, Engineers and full time Professional
Versatility with a wallop was the trademark of Brother Burr and the Burros,
as they wheeled along.