IPA Parade of Polka Bands Picnic! August 21st!

Please join the International Polka Association for our annual Parade of Polka Bands picnic! Featuring five Polka bands for an afternoon filled with outdoor summertime polka fun!  UPDATE:  Arrive early and hungry as we will be featuring many Polish food favorites grilled and prepared by awarding winning Big Frank’s Sausage!…

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Glendora Banquets Farewell Dance

 Dear IPA Members, As you know, all good things must come to an end, but the memories will live on forever. After 31 years in this business, Stanley and Mary are retiring. Glendora Banquets will officially close on August 17, 2022. They want to thank all of you, their customers,…

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2022 IPA Hall of Fame Inductees & 2021 Music Award Winners!

International Polka Association Announces Hall of Fame Selections and Music Award Winners! The International Polka Association is proud to announce the results of the annual election conducted by the Academy of Electors and Trustees.  At this time they have determined the 2022 Hall of Fame selectees and winners of the…

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2022 Leon Kozicki Trustees Award Winner: Mike Stapinski

    2022 Leon Kozicki Trustees Award Winner: Mike Stapinski   Without a doubt, Mike Stapinski is considered one of the top sidemen in the Polish polka genre and his number is at the top of many band leaders’ cell phone speed dials.   Mike’s talents include proficiency on trumpet,…

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2022 IPA Festival & Convention Hotel Reservations: Update!

2022 IPA Festival and Convention Hotel Room Reservations Update   Since the primary and secondary Hotel for the IPA Festival and Convention is already sold out, the IPA wanted to provide a list of other hotels near the DoubleTree Hotel in Cranberry Twp., PA.   The IPA HAS NOT secured any special…

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2022 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner: Ernie Daigle

    Ernie Daigle honored with the International Polka Association’s Joe Jozwiak Award for 2022! The IPA Executive Board is proud to announce the selection of Ernie Daigle for the annual Joe Jozwiak Award. Originally called the Special Achievement Award, this honor is a tribute to the late IPA Director…

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Reservations: IPA Hall of Fame & Polka Music Awards Banquet!

Please join the International Polka Association in celebrating the 53rd annual Music Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet! * * * * * The Banquet will be held on Saturday, September 3rd, 2022 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Pittsburgh-Cranberry, PA.Arrival and Seating:  10:45am Luncheon:  11am Tickets for this event are…

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2nd Annual Golf Outing with Friends

Please join the International Polka Association and polka musician and promoter Jeffrey Yash as we present the 2nd annual “Golf outing with Friends”!  Honoring the memory of Richie and Jerry Tokarz.  Here are all of the details . . .   Click here to Download Flyer

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IPA’s 3rd Annual Young Songwriter’s Competition – Cancelled

  The IPA regretfully announces that this year’s Young Songwriter’s Competition did not receive enough submissions in order to meet our minimum requirements for a fair competition. In so, we must unfortunately cancel this year’s competition. Thank you to the very talented composers who did submit their songs. We appreciate…

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IPA Polka Show on the Polka Jammer Network

The International Polka Association’s Polka Show has moved to the Polka Jammer Network! Same familiar Sunday morning time slot:  11am central, 12pm eastern. but on a new internet based station:  The Polka Jammer Network! Click here for all of the details

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Passing of IPA Hall of Fame Member: Bill Shibilski

It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of IPA Hall of Fame member; Bill Shibilski. Bill was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in 2020 for his outstanding dedication to polka music as a polka promoter and polka broadcaster for over…

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The Passing of John “Foo” Furmaniak

It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of 2013 International Polka Association Hall of Fame Member John “Foo” Furmaniak. John was the consummate professional when performing with many great polka bands in and around the Chicago area and beyond.  His accordion skills are second…

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Passing of 1982 Hall of Fame Member: “Happy Louie” Dusseault

                                                                            It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of 1982 IPA Hall of Fame Inductee; Louis George “Happy Louie” Dusseault. Happy Louie was one of the most dynamic and charismatic polka entertainers in the field. …

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2021 IPA Polka Hall of Fame Inductees

On behalf of the International Polka Association Board of Trustees and Hall of Fame Committee, the IPA Officers and Directors are pleased to announce the following results of the annual voting cycle as determined by the national Academy of IPA Electors:  The 2021 IPA Polka Hall of Fame Selectees: LIVING…

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2020 IPA Music Award Recipients

On behalf of the International Polka Association Board of Trustees and Hall of Fame Committee, the IPA Officers and Directors are proud to announce that the annual voting cycle conducted by the national Academy of IPA Electors just concluded. Here are the results for the 2020 IPA Music Awards winners:…

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2021 Joe Jozwiak Award Co-Winner: Frank Napiwocki

  Frank Napiwocki and his wife Doris 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…

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2021 Joe Jozwiak Award Co-Winner: Marsha Bulinski

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 Polka Association (IPA)…

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2021 Leon Kozicki Trustees Award Winner: Don Hunjadi

Don Hunjadi grew up with polka music, often watching his father, Richard, perform on stage as the drummer with Milwaukee polka great, Louie Bashell. Although he started playing trumpet in the fifth grade, by age 14, Don became the bass player with the Joey Klass band. At 17 he began…

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Passing of Former IPA Director – Leonard Wrobel

It is with sadness that we notify our members and friends of the passing of former IPA Director Leonard Wrobel. Lenny served as a director for the International Polka Association and was passionate about polka music.  Lenny passed away peacefully of natural causes on July 22nd, 2021 in Erie, PA.…

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IPA Interview Series: Videos

The IPA has embarked on a project to interview many of our IPA Hall of Fame Inductees. The stories and memories have been fantastic, and we are excited to bring them to all of our polka friends. Listed below, you will find a link to our ever-growing set of IPA…

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New/Updated IPA Polka Music Awards Electronic Submission Process

  Attention Polka Artists/Bands: The International Polka Association has adopted a new electronic method for polka artists/bands, who are interested in being considered for IPA awards, to register and submit their recordings (if applicable). As you may know, the Academy of Electors, which comprises 195 electors from across the country,…

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IPA 2020 Young Songwriter’s Competition – Winner & Runner up

2020 Winner and Runner Up Announced! Congratulations to Nathan Neuman and his song “Pass it On” as the winner of the International Polka Association’s 2020 Young Songwriter’s competition!   Also; please congratulate Jenna Libera for securing second place for her polka “Sunshine”   A big congratulations and Thank You to…

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2020 Leon Kozicki Trustees Award – Robert “Robbie” Piatkowski

Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the Leon Kozicki Trustee’s Award, Robert “Robbie” Piatkowski. Robbie most recently performs with the John Gora & Gorale Orchestra as their lead trumpet player. Over the years, the IPA Polka Hall of Fame® and Music Awards processes have rightfully recognized deserving polka musicians who…

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Father Dennis A Bogusz Appointed IPA Chaplain

The International Polka Association is proud to announce that they appointed Father Dennis A. Bogusz as the IPA Chaplain. Father Dennis A. Bogusz was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 11, 1950 to the late Florence Lewandowski Bogusz and the late Frank Bogusz. He received a BA in Theology from…

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Now Accepting Zelle for IPA Membership Dues Payments

Zelle is a free, built-in, money transferring service of a growing number of banks and credit unions.  Currently over 700 financial institutions offer Zelle to their customers as a way to send money.  Included in the list are some of the largest banks in the United States (Bank of America,…

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“Here’s A Gift” Slideshow and FREE Download

The  International  Polka  Association Releases  Historic  Recording   As the International Polka Association prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the organization is proud to announce the release of a historic recording: “Here’s a Gift”.  All Hall of Fame Inductees were invited to participate in this project, and the result included…

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Passing of IPA Hall of Fame Member Dean Hansen

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of IPA Hall of Famer Dean Hansen. Dean was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in 2016. Our deepest sympathies to all of Dean’s Family and Friends. Click here for Dean’s obituary & service details Click here…

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Passing of Former IPA Director – Bonnie Ryniec

It is with deep sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of former I.P.A. Director Bonnie Ryniec. Bonnie fought a strong, hard battle versus cancer and gave it her all.  We love you Bonnie, and will miss your laughter and beautiful smile.  Condolences to James “Whitey” Ryniec, Angela…

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2019 Leon Kozicki Trustees Award – Jim Sajkowicz

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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2019 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner: Sally Rzeszutko

Many years ago, the late Joseph Jozwiak, a director of the IPA, proposed an award be bestowed upon an individual or group of individuals who made a significant contribution or endeavor to enhance the promotion of polka music. Originally named the Special Achievement Award, the International Polka Association voted to…

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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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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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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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