Mike Maduzia is the son of Patricia and Walter Maduzia, sibling of Michelle and David Maduzia, and the father of Mikayla Maduzia. Michael was born into the Chicago Polish tradition of music. With his father, as well as other accomplished musician family members such as Dennis Krason and Greg Nowak, it was inevitable that he too would follow in the legacy. After playing cornet in 7th and 8th grade, Mike decided that drums might be a more disruptive instrument for the neighborhood. His musical career began with The Goodtimes in 1987 and since has played with The EZ-Tones, The South Side Sound, Chicago’s Milwaukee Avenue, Freeze Dried, The Music Company, The Bratwurst Brothers, and finally The Project.
Mike’s main polka musical influences have been The Tones, The Dynasticks, The Sounds, The Versatones, Chicago Push, and The Brass Connection. His favorite drummers are Roger Malinowski, Tony Kempinski, Robin Pegg, Danny and Timmy Okrzeszik, AJ Lankarge, Jerry Tokarz, and ……oh yeah….Roger Malinowski.
Other favorites are scotch, beer, burritos, nature walks, smelling candles, fantasy football, The White Sox, The Blackhawks, Rick Rzsezsutko’s odd ball comments, the John Zelasko bellow shake (even if it accompanies making eggs in the morning), and most of all……….being around family and friends as much as humanly possible.
With being elected an IPA director, Mike’s philosophy is going to be “We gotta play ’em one day at a time. I’m just happy to be here and I hope I can help the team. I just want to give it my best shot, and the good Lord willing, things will work out.”