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Thomas Karas – Deceased Category – Inducted 2004

    Thomas Anthony (Tommy) Karas was born March 28, 1946 in Buffalo, New York. He was the eldest of four children born to Anthony J. and Carrie M. (Bieniek) Karas. Both sets of grandparents were Polish immigrants. His father was a steel worker at Bethlehem Steel and his mother…

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Johnny Karas – Living Category – Inducted 2001

  Johnny Karas, lead vocalist and tenor saxophone for the Jimmy Sturr Band, has regaled audiences with his virtuosity for over forty years.  His intensity, versatility and creativity on the tenor sax have resulted in most observers describing him as one of, if not the best saxophonist ever in the…

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IPA Video Interview Series

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 the set of IPA Interviews that we have…

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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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IPA Festival of Buffalo Polka Bands – Warm Up Dance

December 14, 2015 For Immediate Release: “Buffalo” Festival of Bands – Warm Up Dance Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 Help the International Polka Association celebrate January being “National Polka Month” at the 1st Annual “Buffalo” Festival of Bands – Warm Up Dance on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 from 6:30 pm –…

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I.P.A. Polka Queens

 ==================================================================== 1968-1969            Theo Kaniecki Pokorski 1969-1970            Sally Niemiec Sendra 1970-1971            Pam Jozwiak 1971-1972            Sharon Ann Skoczylas 1972-1973            Valerie Ann Dalski 1973-1974            Nancy Dombrowski 1974-1975            Lorraine Liconski 1975-1976            Robin Platta Chimniak 1976-1977            Linda Blicharz 1977-1978            Tricia (Pacula) Charland 1978-1979            Sandy Riske Shuster 1979-1980            Julie Krzeminski 1980-1981            Debbie Walczynski Greene 1981-1982            Nanci…

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I.P.A. Certificate of Appreciation

  Recipients of the International Polka Association’s  Certificate of Appreciation.  This certificate is given to those individuals, bands, groups or organizations, who celebrated a milestone within the polka field. ====================================================================== May 18, 2021 – Ted Gibala In recognition of your efforts for promoting and performing Polka Music for over 69…

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