I.P.A. and Let’s Polka USA 6th Annual Unity Polka Dance

The International Polka Association and Let’s Polka USA presents their 6th Annual Unity Polka Dance Sunday, April 2, 2017 Glendora Banquets 10225 S. Harlem Ave.  Chicago Ridge, IL Doors open at 1:00pm cst Music 2pm – 6pm cst Featuring music by the I.P.A. Tribute Band           …

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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: Friday, March 17th 2016 7:15pm Glendora Banquets 10225 S. Harlem Ave Chicago Ridge, IL   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 …

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2016 Album of the Year Submissions

The International Polka Association’s Hall of Fame Committee would like to share the “Album of the Year” candidates for 2016. The “Album of the Year” award will be presented at the 49th Annual IPA Festival and Convention in Buffalo, NY. Listed below are musical clips from the albums submitted by …

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2017 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner

On behalf of the International Polka Assocation’s Officers and Directors; it is our privilege to announce Les Kapuscinski  from Oakville, Ontario, Canada as the winner of the 2017 Joe Jozwiak Award! When you think of people that really work hard at promoting polka music, and discussing this topic with others, …

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Copernicus Foundation Annex Dedication: T Ron Jasinski-Herbert

The Copernicus Foundation announced that the Copernicus Center Annex building, located in Chicago Illinois, will be named in the honor of the International Polka Association’s former Director T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert.  The following is a brief biography of T. Ron’s involvement and dedication to the Polish community: ============================== Annex Dedication: T. …

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Polka Music Awards Submission Process

Document Release Date:  October, 2016 2016 IPA Polka Music Awards Call to Action  Polka Recording Companies and Artists Must Submit Nominations by January 14, 2017   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 Polish …

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2016 I.P.A. Festival & Convention Photo Gallery

Photo Galleries of the 48th 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 & Ballroom Photos I.P.A. Music Awards & Hall of Fame Banquet Photos Saturday Pool …

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2015 Hall of Fame Inductees & 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 award winners and Hall of Fame inductees for 2015. The IPA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2016 …

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The Passing of Dave “Scrubby” Seweryniak

  It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of IPA Polka Hall of Famer, Dave “Scrubby” Seweryniak. Widely known for his tenure and leadership of the Dynatones, Scrubby was inducted into the IPA Polka Hall of Fame in 1994. May he rest in peace. …

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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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The Passing of I.P.A. Hall of Famer Chet Dragon

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Chester “Chet” E. Dragon, 92, passed away Friday, March 4, 2016, at William Childs Hospice House, Palm Bay. He was born Jan. 22, 1924, in Northampton, Massachusetts, to Julia (Slusars) and Adam Dragon. He lived in Worthington, Massachusetts, before moving to Melbourne, in 1996. Chet graduated from …

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2015 Song of the Year Submissions

The International Polka Association’s Hall of Fame Committee would like to share the “Song of the Year” candidates for 2015. The “Song of the Year” award will be presented at the 48th Annual IPA Festival and Convention in Buffalo, NY. Click on the links below to listen . . . …

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2016 IPA Calendar Raffle

  It’s that time of year for the Annual     IPA Calendar Raffle!   Please print out copies of the 2016 IPA calendar raffle ticket by clicking on the link below. Sell them to your family and friends, or keep them for yourself for your chance to win! The raffle is …

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2016 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner

On behalf of the International Polka Assocation’s Officers and Directors; it is our privilege to announce Jill Czerniak Krzeszewski as the winner of the 2016 Joe Jozwiak Award! Many years ago, the late Joseph Jozwiak, a director of the IPA, made a suggestion that an award be bestowed upon an …

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Passing of I.P.A. Chaplain Father Robert Grib

We are sad to announce the sudden passing of Fr. Robert Gribb, former IPA Chaplin and member of the Brighton Park Connection.   He was a resident at the Colombiere Center in Clarkson Michigan. There will be a memorial mass for Fr. Gribb at St Eugene Parish on Saturday February …

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I.P.A. Christmas Party Polka Jammer Networking Recording

Enjoy the 2 hour broadcast from the International Polka Association’s Christmas Party Originally aired on December 25th, 2015 on the Polka Jammer Network (polkajammernetwork.org) Merry Christmas Everyone; from YOUR International Polka Association!

International Polka Association Appoints New Trustee

       Texas Native to Represent Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico  Since the establishment of the IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame and annual Music Awards presentations back in 1968, eleven trustees have governed the processes that select Hall of Fame (HOF) inductees and recognize polka artists with awards.  …

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The I.P.A. Mourns the Passing of Margaret “Marge” Machay

On October 24, 2015, Margaret M. Machay, nee Jagielski, the longtime owner and operator of Polonia Banquets, passed away. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Machay, loving mother of Michael (Norma), Sandra (John) Mikrut, Mark, Susanne and Brian (Mary), proud grandmother of ten grandchildren, and dearest friend …

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2015 Leon Kozicki Trustees Award – Tom Kula First Recipient

Over the years, the IPA Polka Hall of Fame and Music Awards processes have rightfully recognized deserving polka musicians who attained prominence in the polka industry for their musical achievements that helped promote polka music and broaden its audience. Because of their highly visible roles, bandleaders or “front men and …

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2014 I.P.A. Hall of Fame & Music Award Winners!

The results of the 2014 Hall of Fame and Music Awards are as follows:   Hall of Fame Inductees: Randy Koslosky Mark Trzepacz Chester Budny – Deceased Florian Chmielewski – Pioneer   Favorite Band: Dennis Polisky & The Maestro’s Men Favorite Male Vocalist: Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist: Mollie Busta …

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2015 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner

On behalf of the International Polka Assocation’s Officers and Directors; it is our privilege to announce Todd Zaganiacz as the winner of the 2015 Joe Jozwiak Award!   Congratulations Todd!!  

I.P.A. Polka Hall of Fame Nominations Instructions and Form.

It’s that time again when nominees for possible IPA Polka Hall of Fame induction and Music Awards consideration need to make the proper, timely submissions.   For over 45 years, IPA Polka Hall of Fame and Music Awards Chairman Leon Kozicki has faithfully managed this vital process ensuring the ongoing …

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2015 IPA T-Shirt

Check out the IPA’s updated and unique design of our 2015 IPA T-Shirt! Your purchase helps the IPA promote polkas and continue the advancement of this great music that we all love. Get yours today!! Check out the IPA Store for other items!

2017 I.P.A January Festival of Bands Weekend – Chicago!

Join your polka friends for a fun-filled weekend on January 14th and 15th for some foot tapping, hand clapping, polka entertainment to take the winter chills away. Here are all of the details . . . Check out all of the details! ============================================= Updated Band Line-Up:   12:00-12:45     …

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I.P.A. Fall Dance Featuring The Boys!

Please join the International Polka Association for our fall polka dance on October 23rd 2016 featuring: The Boys Here are all of the details . . .

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 3th 2016 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. Pro Am Jam 2016 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 48th 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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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 as well. …

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I.P.A Summer Picnic 2016

Saturday, August 6th, 2016 Hammond Mohawks Picnic Grove 4040 Calumet Ave, Hammond, IN 46320 Good Food!   Good Fun!  Good Fellowship! And of course; Fantastic Polka Entertainment by: The D-Street Band and The Great Lake Sounds Gates open at 1:30pm: IPA Outdoor General Meeting  @  2pm. (I.P.A. Members only) ===================================== …

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