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

Please join the International Polka Association in celebrating its landmark 52nd anniversary of our Music Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet. * * * * * The Banquet will be held on Saturday, September 4th, 2021 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Pittsburgh-Cranberry, PA.Cocktail Hour begins at 9:30am Luncheon begins at 10:30am…

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Place an Ad for our IPA Festival Souvenir Program Book

It is that time of year again and we would like to ask for your support as the International Polka Association presents its 53rd Annual Polka Festival and Convention, Friday, September 3rd, through Sunday, September 5th, 2021 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry in Mars, PA. The ads placed…

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IPA Kick-Off Party – Cranberry Township, PA

Please join the International Polka Association as we host our 2021 IPA Festival and Convention Kick-Off Party on Thursday night, September 2nd 2021 in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania! Here are all of the details . . . Download Flyer by clicking here

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Passing of Former IPA Director: Patricia “Pat” Maduzia

It is with deep sadness that the International Polka Association announces the passing of Former IPA Director Patricia “Pat” Maduzia. Pat was very active in the polka community both in the Chicago area and across the country.    Pat would be frequently seen in front of the bandstand dancing and…

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Passing of IPA Hall of Fame Member: Adam Barthalt

It’s with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of IPA Hall of Fame Inductee Adam Barthalt, who was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in 2006. Adam G. Barthalt died on April 24, 2021 at Peconic Bay Medical Center. He was 85 years old.…

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Passing of IPA Past President Pat Mikos

It is with great sadness to inform you that IPA Past President Patricia “Pat” Mikos passed away on February 25th, 2021. Condolences to the entire Mikos family and to all of her many polka friends. Visitation/Wake:   March 1st, 2021 beginning at 9am Hickey Memorial Chapels2429 W 127th StBlue Island…

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Passing of IPA Past President Jerry Wantroba

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our IPA Advisor, Jerry Wantroba. Jerry passed away Monday, after a long Illness. Jerry’s family were residents of the McKinley Park neighborhood in Chicago, where so many Polkas stars lived. Jerry was first a sponsor on Chicago…

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IPA 52nd Annual Festival of Bands – Virtual Edition!

The International Polka Association is excited to announce . . . The 52nd Annual Virtual Festival of Bands! Sunday, January 17th, 2021 3:00pm Central Time / 4:00pm Eastern Standard Time Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we won’t be able to experience live music in person, but we thought it would be…

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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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