• Chet Kowalkowski – Living Category – Inducted 1991

      Destined to be a prominent figure in the polka circuit, Chet Kowalkowski began his musical career with the accordion at the age of eight. At twelve, he already won his first merit of achievement for the accordion on the John Nieminski WOPA Polka Show. After entering high school, he…

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  • Joe Marcissuk – Living Category – 1991

    Joe Marcissuk was born in Hamtramck, Michigan. After high school he joined the Armed Forces spending two years in World War II. In 1946 he married Wanda Kawucha and had three children, Patricia, Ronald and Sandra.   In September 1958, he engaged in his first polka promotion. Obtaining sponsorship from…

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  • John Check – Pioneer Category – Inducted 1991

      John Check was born near Rosholt, Wisconsin.  When he was 14, he had saved a total of $15 from picking cucumbers on his father’s farm and used this money to purchase his first single reed concertina.  Within several days he had learned to play several simple melodies.  Buying additional…

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  • Henry Jasiewicz – Deceased Category – Inducted 1991

      By age 12, Henry Jasiewicz discovered his love for music and was practicing with a muted trumpet in his basement, often while his parents were sleeping.  In the years that followed, he also spent as much time as possible learning the violin.  His musical career began in the 1930’s. …

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