Dennis was elected as a director at the 2013 Convention, but he is no stranger to being involved with polkas. Dennis was also the membership Director for the United Polka Association Tinley Park chapter for three years.
Originally born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Dennis moved to the Chicagoland area in the mid-1980s.
Dennis’s involvement in polka music began at a very young age. His parents were polka lovers and took him to such places as the Crumstown Conservation Club picnics where he was able to hear bands such as the Pala Brothers, Marion Lush, and of course, Eddie Blazonczyk & The Versatones. He also traveled with his family from his hometown of South Bend to the Chicago region to visit the polka hotspots including Club 505, Polonia Grove, and the IPA Conventions held at the Ramada Inn near O’Hare airport.
While Dennis hasn’t played any musical instruments since his days as a drummer in his high school’s band, he does partake in singing in basement jam sessions and at Chet Kowalkowski bonfires. If you attended the IPA Polka Dot Party at the festival in 2013, you had the privilege of hearing Dennis sing for fellow polka lovers.
By being involved with the IPA, Dennis hopes to find ways to expand polka popularity, explore getting polka music played by mainstream media outlets, and focus efforts into promoting more polka events in the northwest Indiana area.
Dennis is looking forward to becoming even more involved to keep polka music going. Dennis says, “Polka followers are a tight knit group. So the best way to continue and expand ‘the music we love’ is by working together.
Together, polka music can thrive for many years to come.