2018 I.P.A. January Festival of Bands Weekend – Chicago

Mark your calendars to join your polka friends and family for a fun-filled weekend on January 13th and 14th 2018 for some foot tapping, hand clapping, polka entertainment to take the winter chills away! Please join us, as we begin our year long 50th anniversary celebrations! Saturday, January 13th, 2018: …

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Passing of I.P.A. Director Edward F. Szela

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of IPA Director, Ed Szela. Ed had been a director since 1999 and one of the co-organizers of the annual IPA Hall of Fame benefit dance in Ludlow, Massachusetts. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Jeanne, and their…

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2018 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner – Norb Ciesla

      Many years ago, the late Joseph Jozwiak, a director of the IPA, made a suggestion that an award be bestowed upon an individual or group of Individuals who have made a significant contribution or endeavor to enhance the promotion of polka music. After much discussion, the International…

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Requesting photos for our 50th Anniversary!

WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE . . .   In preparation for our 50th Anniversary in 2018, we are looking for photos from IPA Events throughout the years.  Please help us by submitting your photos of your experiences at IPA events through the years.  Any help you can give us would be greatly…

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Polka Music Awards Submission Process

2017 IPA Polka Music Awards Notice Polka Recording Companies and Artists Must Submit Nominations by January 14, 2018   The International Polka Association is preparing to conduct the balloting for the annual Polka Music Awards that will determine the Favorite Polish Polka Album, Favorite International Polka Album, Favorite Polish Polka Song, Favorite…

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Passing of I.P.A. Hall of Famer Matt Wasielewski

Matt Wasielewski, musician, band leader, vocalist, song writer, composer, master or ceremonies, radio disc jockey, promoter and record distributor, started his polka career in 1957 when he formed his Polka Jets band. Seven years with the same musicians, his group was playing three to four jobs a week. Through the…

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49th Annual I.P.A. Festival & Convention Photo Gallery

Photo Galleries of the 49th Annual International Polka Association Polka Festival and Convention Photos courtesy of Les Kapuscinski  * * * * * Click on the links below to view the photo gallery: Friday Welcome Party Photos Ballroom Photos Saturday: Music Awards / Hall of Fame Banquet & Pool Party…

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Passing of I.P.A. Co-Founder Leon Kozicki

    It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of I.P.A. Co-Founder Leon Kozicki. Leon passed away at 2:30am on July 19th, 2017.  May his soul rest in peace. Services: Wake/Visitation:  Monday, July 24th:  Hallowell & James Funeral Home 1025 W 55th St Countryside, IL 3pm…

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IPA Hall of Fame and Polka Music Awards Banquet Tickets!

Please plan to attend the International Polka Association’s annual Hall of Fame and Polka Music Awards Banquet held on Saturday, September 2nd 2017 at the Millennium Hotel, Buffalo, NY. Cocktail Hour begins at 10am Banquet begins at 11am Tickets for this event are $40 per person and can be purchased…

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I.P.A. Festival Ad Book and Well Wishers

    Please support the I.P.A. by purchasing an ad to congratulate the award winners and Hall of Fame inductees. Additionally, you can honor  loved ones who are no longer with us but are still in your loving memory. Advertising your business is another great way to support the IPA…

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I.P.A. Pro Am Jam 2017 Participant Registration Form

Calling all young polka music enthusiasts to Sign up Today!! The International Polka Association announces the latest edition of an exciting event at our 49th annual festival this Labor Day weekend at the Millennium Hotel – Buffalo, NY. Besides the great bands entertaining all weekend long, the IPA presents the…

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Next General Meeting of the International Polka Association

Our next general meeting of the I.P.A.  will be held as follows: Date:  TBD Time:  TBD Location:  TBD   We will be discussing all topics pertaining to upcoming I.P.A. sponsored events as well as other necessary functions regarding our organization. Please plan on attending and participating in this meeting for…

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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees and 2016 Award Winners

On behalf of the International Polka Association Board of Trustees and Hall of Fame Committee, the IPA Officers and Directors are proud to announce the 2106 award winners and Hall of Fame inductees for 2017. The IPA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, September 2,…

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