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: …

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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!

Continue reading

Polka Music Awards Submission Process

2017 IPA Polka Music Awards Notice Polka Recording Companies and Artists Must Submit Nominations by January 14, 2018   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 International Polka Album, Favorite Polish Polka Song, Favorite…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

Passing of Hall of Fame Inductee Bernie Goydish

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of IPA Hall of Famer, Bernie Goydish, June, 2017 Bernie was inducted into the International Polka Association’s Hall of Fame in 1984, and played a vital role in providing polka music as a musician, bandleader, promoter, record manufacturer, distributor, and…

Continue reading

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,…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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          …

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

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,…

Continue reading