Passing of I.P.A. Hall of Famer Johnnie Bomba

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of I.P.A. Hall of Famer, Johnnie Bomba. Johnnie was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in 1980.   For details regarding services, please click here.   Click here for a link to Mr. Bomba’s Hall of Fame…

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2018 Hall of Fame Inductees and 2017 Award Winners

The International Polka Association Announces 2018 Polka Hall of Fame Inductees and 2017 Music 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 2017 award winners and Hall of Fame inductees for 2018.…

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Purchase “Special I.P.A. 50th Anniversary” Items Here!

  Please check out the I.P.A. ‘s “Pop-Up” store to purchase special 50th Anniversary Merchandise!  < < < Click here for the CafePress Store > > >  Happy Shopping!  * * * * * Note:  All purchases/returns/refunds made from this site are handled directly by Cafepress and not the responsibility of the International Polka…

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2018 I.P.A. Summer Picnic

Get ready for some outdoor Polka Fun!  Please join the International Polka Association as we continue our celebration of 50 years of promoting polka music by attending our Annual Summer Picnic.  Saturday, August 4th:  Hammond Mohawks picnic grove,  Hammond, IN.  Here are all of the details . . .  …

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Passing of I.P.A. Hall of Famer Chet Schafer

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of IPA Hall of Famer, Chet Schafer. Chet was inducted into the International Polka Association’s Hall of Fame in 1976, and played a vital role in bringing polka music entertainment to the masses in the Chicagoland area and beyond. Polka…

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2017 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 2017. The “Song of the Year” award will be presented at the 50th Annual I.P.A. Festival and Convention in Buffalo, NY. Click on the links below to listen . . .…

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

Mark your 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! Please join us, as we begin our year long 50th anniversary celebrations! Saturday, January 13th, 2018: …

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Passing of I.P.A. Director Edward F. Szela

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of IPA Director, Ed Szela. Ed had been a director since 1999 and one of the co-organizers of the annual IPA Hall of Fame benefit dance in Ludlow, Massachusetts. We extend our deepest sympathies the entire Szela family. May he…

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2018 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner – Norb Ciesla

      Many years ago, the late Joseph Jozwiak, a director of the IPA, made a suggestion that an award be bestowed upon an individual or group of Individuals who have made a significant contribution or endeavor to enhance the promotion of polka music. After much discussion, the International…

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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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I.P.A. T-shirt Clearance Sale!

Show your I.P.A. pride by wearing one of our colorful T-Shirts! Red, Green, and Blue are still available in limited sizes and quantities. Act quickly before its too late!! Click here to Purchase!

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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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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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