• Wally Dombrowski – Living Category – Inducted August 2012

      Wally Dombrowski’s journey into music began when he started taking trumpet lessons at five years of age. Once he got the basics of the instrument down, it was evident that he could play by ear and would play along with recordings at home without the aid of any written…

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  • John Demerski – Pioneer Category – Inducted 2007

      John Demerski is a life-long resident of Forestville, Connecticut. He attended Butler University, the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University and has a degree in Industrial Management.   John served in the U.S. Army Infantry and in the Connecticut Army National Guard. He was believed to be the…

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  • Jerry Darlak – Living Category – Inducted 1997

      Jerry M. Darlak has devoted his whole life to the promotion of polka music. In his many years as a working musician, he has performed and recorded with the nation’s most prestigious polka orchestras. His love of polka music is indisputable. He continued this tradition with his own band…

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  • Ray Dorschner – Living Category – Inducted 1996

      Ray Dorschner was born in the tiny village of Ziattau, Wisconsin, one of seven children born to Theodore and Berta Dorschner. Theodore owned and operated a sawmill and woodworking business in Zittau and was an old-time fiddler. Dad and sons occasionally played for local parties and dances. Ray started…

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  • Andy “Day” Dziagwa, Jr. – Living Category – Inducted 1995

      Fifty years is a long time. During that time span Andy has entertained polka fans throughout the United States with a distinctive style of musical talent all his own. Andy “Day” Dziagwa started his polka career in 1942 at the age of fourteen. He started to perform on trumpet…

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  • Chet Dragon – Pioneer Category – Inducted 1993

      At the age of 12 Chet had a couple of neighbors that were musicians one played the clarinet, the other the accordion. Chet knew that if he purchased a trumpet he would be asked to join them. Chet’s family couldn’t afford to just purchase one for him outright, so…

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  • Lawrence Duchow – Deceased Category – Inducted 1983

      Lawrence Duchow started his musical career in 1932 playing with Hal’s Bluebirds out of Chilton, Wisconsin.  Their first job was for a dance at Kleist’s Hall in Potter, Wisconsin.  Lawrence took over the operation reins in 1933 and called it the Lawrence Duchow and his Red Raven Inn Orchestra…

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  • Happy Louie Dusseault – Living Category – Inducted 1982

      Happy Louie was born August 4, 1934 in Ware, Massachusetts.  His mother is Polish and living.  His father was French, and is deceased.   At the age of nine, he played his first note on a Bugle and then changed to a B-flat Trumpet and has kept it up…

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  • Marisha Data – Deceased Category – Inducted 1974

      She was known in the polka field for her song hits “Wishing Well Waltz” and “Violins Play For Me”; but she was also known in the radio and stage field as a radio announcer, operatic and concert singer and a comedienne.  Gifted with a great voice and acting talent,…

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  • Walter Dana – Living Category – Inducted 1971

    Walter Dana – Wladyslaw Dan Danilowski – a resident of Miami Beach, Florida, was born in Warsaw, Poland.  He began playing piano and composing at the age of seven.  His musical education was obtained at the Warsaw Conservatory and Paris.  He received a law diploma at the Warsaw University.  He…

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