The passing of IPA Hall of Famer Steve Meisner

It’s with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of IPA Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Meisner.

Please keep his wife Barb, his children, grandchildren and all of his friends in your thoughts and prayers. ??

Below is a statement posted by his family.

The news we are forced to share with all of you will be as shocking and difficult for everyone to read as it is to write. It is with great shock and sadness that we must report that the very well-known and well-loved, multi-award-winning musician, Steve Meisner, has passed away following a very brief illness. Steve was 62 years old.

Even though Steve last performed on stage on May 21st, he learned the following week he was being diagnosed with stage IV cancer in multiple locations. Steve, along with his family, were beyond shocked. Before any meaningful treatment could be considered, Steve passed away peacefully in Meriter Hospital, Madison Wisconsin, the afternoon of June 1st. Barb, his loving wife of 38 years, was by his side along with his daughters Whitney and Lindsey, and son Austin.

Funeral and other arrangements have not yet been made but will be provided as soon as they become available. Steve was known and loved by so many and we know you will all be in disbelief. For now, the family asks for privacy as they work though this shocking and sudden loss.

One thing everyone feels is certain, is Steve would want the show to go on. The Meisner Band has many performances scheduled throughout the rest of 2023. Core Meisner Band members have committed to working with the many events and venues to fulfill these engagements as requested. While there can be no replacement for someone as talented as Steve, guest artists have already been assembled to fulfill the final performances of Steve’s Band. We are confident this is exactly what Steve would want as he has committed to entertaining audiences as his life’s work since he was a teenager.

As additional information becomes available, it will be provided on Steve’s website,, on social media, and in Steve’s newsletter. An epic celebration of Steve’s life, a party he would be proud of, will be held in the near future.

Please keep Steve’s family in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve this loss along with all of you.

And, of course, Thank You Music Lovers!

For more information on Steve Meisner, you can see his IPA Hall of Fame Page:

Steve Meisner – Living Category – Inducted 2019 – IPA Polkas

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