• John Gora – Living Category – Inducted 2011

      John Gora was born on July 27, 1959, in Poland and emigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with his parents in 1974.   He learned to play clarinet and saxophone in 1977. John formed a musical group “Gorale” catering to “Continental” music crowds and they played their first polka engagements…

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  • Henry “Henny” Jasiewicz – Living Category – Inducted 2011

      Henry David (Henny) Jasiewicz was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, on May 22, 1945.   He has performed professionally since he was nine years old and started his polka career playing trumpet for Leo Gibala & The Bell Hops. Henny performed with this group for several years.   In 1979…

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  • Don Peachey – Pioneer Category – 2011

      Don Peachey hails from Burnett, Wisconsin, a small town located an hour from Milwaukee.   He began playing the accordion at the age of 14. Don made his first paying performance at the civic center in Fairwater, Wisconsin. Except for two years in the U.S. Army, he has been…

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  • Johnny Krizancic – Deceased Category – Inducted 2011

      Johnny Krizancic was born March 31, 1929, and at the age of eight years old he started his musical career with the area tamburitzans.   After serving in the Air Force and attending college, he married Martha Dzurinda and performed with many musicians.   In 1960, Johnny and his…

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