Steve Meisner – Living Category – Inducted 2019

Steve Meisner was born into a musical family on April 17, 1961, in Beloit, Wisconsin, and raised in Whitewater, Wisconsin.  He began playing the piano accordion at age five, performing soon after on stage with his legendary father, Verne Meisner.  Since the age of 16, Steve has earned a living…

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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. By…

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Marge Machay – Deceased Category – Inducted 2017

  Since 1968, Marge Machay and her predeceased husband Chuck, owned and operated Polonia Ballroom and Grove.  A Chicago landmark, its name was changed to Polonia Banquets in the 1980’s as renovations were made to broaden the business and better accommodate its patrons.  For almost a half century, Marge leveraged…

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Richard Midura – Pioneer Category – Inducted 2016

Richard Midura was born on August 12, 1935, in Chicopee, Ma. Known as “the pioneer of polka clarinet improvisation” by his peers, he lent his smooth clarinet and saxophone mastery to the live performances and recordings of the most prominent eastern style polka bands of his day. Richard’s unique playing…

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Michael Matousek – Living Category – Inducted 2008

    Michael T. Matousek was born in 1956 into what would become one of Baltimore’s most prominent polka families. His father Al is regarded as one of Maryland’s most celebrated polka accordionists, and his mother, Connie, is recognized as one of the noted polka dance instructors who helped bring…

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Wally Maduzia – Living Category – Inducted 2002

  Born January 25, 1942, Wally Maduzia was the eldest of three sons born to Walter & Jean Maduzia of Chicago, IL.  While in grammar school, Wally showed an interest in music.  His parents noticed his dedication and perseverance as he practiced the harmonica in his bedroom closet routinely.  …

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Joey Miskulin – Living Category – Inducted 1999

    Joey Miskulin is one of Cleveland-Style Polkas’ greatest pillars of musical talent. Plying his many skills in a myriad of ways. Joey has enhanced the quality of Cleveland-style music far and wide.   In his most memorable role, Joey, the child prodigy discovered by Chicago’s Roman Possedi, became…

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Tom Mrozinski – Deceased Category – Inducted 1993

    The late Tom Mrozinski of Minnesota, leader of The Mrozinski Brothers Aleatoric Ensemble, started his polka career at the age of 11, when he took up the clarinet and started to sit in with his dad’s band at age 12. It wasn’t long before other musicians noticed Tom’s…

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Joe Marcissuk – Living Category – 1991

  Joe Marcissuk was born in Hamtramck, Michigan. After high school he joined the Armed Forces spending two years in World War II. In 1946 he married Wanda Kawucha and had three children, Patricia, Ronald and Sandra.   In September 1958, he engaged in his first polka promotion. Obtaining sponsorship…

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Verne Meisner – Living Category – Inducted 1989

  The musical story of Verne Meisner began in 1949 when Verne, at the age of eleven, received his first accordion and twelve lessons.  Verne attended dances and listened to the music of Frank Yankovic and the Six Fat Dutchmen on his wind up phonograph.  In a few months Verne…

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Johnny Menko – Pioneer Category – Inducted 1987

    Johnny Menko was born in Windsor Locks, Connecticut on June 13, 1915, and lived in Warehouse Point, Connecticut, during his earlier years.  At the age of nine, Johnny was already paying the violin with Polish records on a phonograph.   Johnny graduated from Enfield High School in Thompsonville,…

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Bruno Mikos – Living Category – Inducted 1986

  Bruno’s singing career began early.  He learned to sing the “Two Bucks Polka” at the age of five as he heard the song played on the Oskierko Polka Show over WJOB Radio in Hammond, Indiana.   During his grammar schools days he tried to play the accordion.  He did…

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Ted Maksymowicz – Deceased Category – Inducted 1980

  Ted was born in New York of Polish parentage.  While attending Commerce High School, he began his first formal study of music at 13, and formed his first band shortly thereafter in 1935.  He played violin and trumpet.   During the 1939-1940 World’s Fair, Ted played at the Polish…

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Mattie Madura – Deceased Category – Inducted 1973

  Mattie Madura’s musical career began with an old broken violin given to Mattie’s father by an old friend.  With time and bits of wire and glue, it was pieced together.  When it was finished he gave it to his younger son, Mattie.  From then on Mattie was “that boy…

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