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IPA Hall of Fame Biography

Andrew (Andy) Fenus, along with his brother Steve Fenus, organized The Trel Tones polka band in 1954.  Since that time the band has performed at venues across the United States and Canada and appeared on numerous radio and TV shows in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including a three-hour special about polka music on Public Television.  The Trel-Tones recorded six albums on such renowned record labels as Bel-Aire of Chicago, IL, WRS of Cleveland, OH, and WAM of Youngstown, OH.  In 1981 their “Polka Encounters of the Honky Kind” recording won the United States Polka Association’s Album of the Year and in 1984 their “Going Downtown” polka won the USPA’s Song of the Year.  Currently, the band records on its own Trel-Records label.  Due to their popularity, the Trel-Tones have been featured at major polka events that have included the International Polka Association (Chicago) and United States Polka Association (Cleveland) festivals, Bel-Aire Days (Chicago), and Polish Days at Kennywood Park (Pittsburgh) and Idora Park (Youngstown).  In the early 1970’s, Andy served on the Executive Board of the International Polka Association.


For his many accomplishments in the polka industry, Andrew Fenus has been deemed deserving by the electorate of the International Polka Association for induction into the Polka Music Hall of Fame.