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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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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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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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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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…

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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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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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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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