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Saturday, August 8 • 8:00pm - 9:10pm
Joey Tomsick Orchestra - Cleveland Polka

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Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Polka

2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (JTO). The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. Joey went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and years later — following Frank's retirement — Joey would begin teaching accordion. During high school, Joey was a four-year member of the marching band, jazz and pep bands, and was elected president of the high school band as a senior. For several years, Joey was also the Director of Cleveland's Circle 2 Button Box Club, and in 1983, he established the Euclid Squeezeboxers Button Box Club.

As an understudy of musicians Ted Hoyer, Lou Trebar, and Dante Picciati, Joey was inspired to form his own band in 1984. That year, radio Hall of Famer Tony Petkovsek invited Joey to begin co-broadcasting with him on weekend programming, and he can still be heard from time to time on WELW. In addition to Joey's musical career, he is a Founding Trustee for the American Slovenian Polka Foundation (ASPF), and Editor of the organization's newsletter, The Quarterly.

http://joeytomsick.com/ 






Performers
avatar for Phil Hrvatin

Phil Hrvatin

Phil Hrvatin (saxophone/clarinet), a music student of Polka Hall of Famer, Lou Sadar, has performed with a number of Cleveland-style bands including Dave Wretschko, Kenny Zagar, and polka great, Joey Miskulin. In 1985, his friendship and musical association with Joey Tomsick began... Read More →
avatar for Hank Guzel, Jr.

Hank Guzel, Jr.

Hank Guzel, Jr.'s (bass) father was among Cleveland's most popular accordion virtuosos when Hank was growing up, and at 13, Hank's parents purchased his first instrument for him, a piano accordion. By 25, however, Hank had decided to pursue playing the electric bass, which ultimately... Read More →
avatar for Jim Penko

Jim Penko

Jim Penko (drums), whose father, Stan, played accordion at family parties, yearned to perform with his dad, and at the age of 5, got his first "toy" drum set. At 11, Jim began three years of lessons on the accordion, but playing drums remained his passion, and four years later, his... Read More →
avatar for Joey Tomsick

Joey Tomsick

2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (JTO). The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. Joey went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and... Read More →

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Joey Tomsick Orchestra

2015 marks the 31st anniversary of the Joey Tomsick Orchestra (JTO). The youngest of five Tomsick brothers, Joey's musical career began at the age of ten with weekly accordion lessons under the guidance of the late Frank Novak. Joey went on to study saxophone, tuba, keyboard, and... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 8:00pm - 9:10pm
Albert Ave. Dance Stage 130 E. Albert Street

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