Passing of I.P.A. Hall of Famer Matt Wasielewski

Matt Wasielewski, musician, band leader, vocalist, song writer, composer, master or ceremonies, radio disc jockey, promoter and record distributor, started his polka career in 1957 when he formed his Polka Jets band. Seven years with the same musicians, his group was playing three to four jobs a week. Through the…

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2018 I.P.A. January Festival of Bands Weekend – Chicago

Mark you calendars to join your polka friends and family for a fun-filled weekend on January 13th and 14th 2018 for some foot tapping, hand clapping, polka entertainment to take the winter chills away! As we continue to plan for our 50th anniversary, the following is a preview of some…

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49th Annual I.P.A. Festival & Convention Photo Gallery

Photo Galleries of the 49th 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 Photos Ballroom Photos Saturday: Music Awards / Hall of Fame Banquet & Pool Party…

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Passing of I.P.A. Co-Founder Leon Kozicki

    It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of I.P.A. Co-Founder Leon Kozicki. Leon passed away at 2:30am on July 19th, 2017.  May his soul rest in peace. Services: Wake/Visitation:  Monday, July 24th:  Hallowell & James Funeral Home 1025 W 55th St Countryside, IL 3pm…

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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: Date:  TBD Time:  TBD Location:  TBD   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 on attending and participating in this meeting for…

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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees and 2016 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 2106 award winners and Hall of Fame inductees for 2017. The IPA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, September 2,…

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Passing of I.P.A. Hall of Famer Henry “Henny” Jasiewicz

It is with much sadness to announce the passing of Henry “Henny” Jasiewicz.  Henny was the leader of Henny and the Versa J’s and was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in 2011. On behalf of the International Polka Association; our sincere condolences and sympathies to Henny’s  family…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 2nd 2017 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. 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…

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I.P.A. Pro Am Jam 2017 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 49th 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. 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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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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