17555 320th St NE
Middle River, MN 56737
218-449-3391 (home)
218-689-4824 (cell)

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WANT AN OLD TYME BAND? Celebrating over 45+ YEARS in the music business!!

We are the band for you! We provide a good steady beat and a taste for old tyme that will put you on your feet! The Cathy Erickson Band brings that and much more to the stage with over 45+ years of experience entertaining all ages with accordion music styled just for you. Our band has a mix of accordion, vocals, sax, and drums. Available for all occasions & Polka Masses.



A passion for old tyme music prompted Cathy to begin her entertainment career on New Year’s Eve at a little bar in Middle River, Minnesota in 1975. Since then she has taken her music throughout the state of Minnesota, as well as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin, Canada, and on a Caribbean cruise.

Growing up on a farm near Waubun, Minnesota, Cathy’s parents played a great part in her love for music, especially waltzes and polkas and good old fashioned pop/swing tunes and country. With a German/Czech/Swedish heritage, there were plenty of ethnic melodies to learn and play. These tunes continue to become part of her repertoire today. And having a “supportive husband like Virgil” made a musical career possible.

Sharing her music at dances, weddings, funerals, county fairs, special events, polka services at different churches throughout the area, and with residents at nursing homes and group homes has also become an important part of Cathy’s musical career. Three of the Erickson’s six children have shared the stage with their mother. Sheila (alto sax); Mary Jo (vocals & alto sax); and Andy (drums). Mary Jo continues to share her love of music with me. A recording studio in New Prague, Minnesota, was the site for four recordings Cathy and her fellow musicians used to preserve their musical heritage. In 2003, a studio in Bemidji, Minnesota has helped to continue to reinforce Cathy’s love of old time music.


In Loving Memory of:                         

My husband, Virgil Erickson, who passed away unexpectedly on November 12, 2021 at our home.

My son, Paul Erickson from Thief River Falls was diagnosed with systemic-diffuse scleroderma in December, 2004, and passed away at the age of 45 years old on January 1, 2011, from complications of double pneumonia, ARDS and scleroderma with his loving family at his side.

My granddaughter, Kelsey Holtan from Theif River Falls who passed away at the age of 25 years old on September 27, 2009 from ARDS.       

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