• Leon “Bud” Hundenski – Deceased Category – Inducted 2018

      LEON “BUD” HUNDENSKI WAS BORN IN CANONSBURG, PA, ON JULY 26, 1944. AFTER HIS DAD BOUGHT HIM HIS FIRST ACCORDION, HE STARTED TAKING PRIVATE LESSONS AT AGE NINE. AS A YOUTH, BUD WON MANY SOLO AMATEUR CONTESTS AND FORMED HIS OWN TRIO BY THE TIME HE WAS IN JUNIOR…

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  • Joe Macielag – Pioneer Category – Inducted 2018

      JOSEPH MACIELAG BEGAN HIS MUSICAL CAREER WITH CLARINET LESSONS AT THE AGE OF 14. TWO YEARS LATER, HE WAS INVITED TO JOIN THE RYDZEWSKI BROTHERS TRIO FROM NIAGARA FALLS, NY. INFLUENCED BY FRANK WOJNAROWSKI, JOSEPH ORGANIZED A NINE-PIECE ORCHESTRA THAT PLAYED ITS FIRST GIG WHEN HE WAS ONLY 18.…

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  • Mollie Busta Lange – Living Category – Inducted 2018

      MOLLIE BUSTA LANGE, COMMONLY KNOWN AS “MOLLIE B,” HAS BEEN ACTIVE IN THE POLKA INDUSTRY HER ENTIRE LIFE. SHE BEGAN AT AGE THREE ON VOCALS WITH THE JIM BUSTA BAND, AND TO DATE, HAS PERFORMED IN 35 STATES AND ELEVEN COUNTRIES IN ADDITION TO APPEARING ON OVER 35 RECORDINGS.…

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  • Gary Brueggen – Living Category – Inducted 2018

    GARY BRUEGGEN WAS BORN IN THE SMALL FARMING COMMUNITY OF CASHTON, WI, WHERE AT THE YOUNG AGE OF TWO HE BECAME CAPTIVATED BY POLKA MUSIC HE HEARD ON THE RADIO. RECOGNIZING HIS POTENTIAL, GARY’S PARENTS BOUGHT HIM HIS FIRST SET OF DRUMS AT FIVE YEARS OLD, AND BY THE TIME…

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