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Bettis Rainsford is one of the movers and shakers of Edgefield County, SC. In the early days of the Channellheimmer Oompah Band we would play for many of his parties and gatherings, so it seemed only fair to name one of my tunes for him (hence, The Rainsford Polka ).

As with all of these Octoberfest Dances, everyone gets major time with the melody, there are interesting countermelodies and challenging “end-of-phrase” licks — and it is very danceable.

The Rainsford Polka is published by the Cimarron Music Press and can be ordered at


The mP3 audio is from my CD The Ball Pin Duo salutes “The Captain” and can be ordered from my CD recordings page

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