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THE POLKA PIRATES

The Polka Pirates were founded in 2005 by Duffy O'Neill. The band did not play out for the first three years, but since then has set the Cleveland Polka scene on fire. Cleveland's busiest polka band is the house band at Sterles Slovenian Country House, where it plays every Friday. The band hosts monthly dances at the Parma Moose, Brothers Lounge and the AMPOL Club in Cleveland.

The band has traveled throughout the Midwest and is always a crowd favorite. One of few polka bands to entertain at 200 gigs in a year, it gains new fans/friends at every event. Come and "Get Hooked." The band was nominated for Button Box Band of the Year by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in 2010, 2012, and 2013.

 

Duffy O'Neill is the leader and business manager for the Polka Pirates. Active in the Slovenian community, he is former president and current board member of Recher Hall, Solvenian Radio Club,Trustee and Executive Board Member of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame. Proud to entertain every Friday at the Slovene Home for the Aged (over 10 years) and now with the house band at Sterles Slovenian Country House every Friday. Duffy plays banjor, guitar, bass, accordion, and trumpet!!

 

 

Andy Hudak joined the band early in it's development. After taking 35 years off from accordion player he has developed into a mainstay of the band. Our financial advisor - we learned just a few years ago he is related to Duffy !! Andy was nominated for Sideman of the Year 2012 by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.

 

Tom Mroczka is a lifelong music educator, an Ohio State Marching Band alumni, has his own Polish band and plays in many community and local bands. His style and flair, along with his Polish vocals adds a dimension to the band that makes them stand out. Often asked to sit in with other bands, his style and musicianship are highlighted by the other outstanding musicians in the band.

 

Julie Tabaj - Our newest Pirate has been sitting in and helping out the band for a few years now. Having taken her final vows (The Vow of Poverty !!) she joins the band full time. A gifted musician, Julie plays trumpet, saxophone & button accordion.

 

Frank Loucka joined the band early on and has enhanced out sound with this outstanding button box and piano play. A former Fairport Jammer, Frank brings enthusiasm, musicianship and friendship to the band. Always fun when Frank is in the mix.

 

Paul Stejskal is one of Cleveland's most sought after drummers. His arrangements on many of our songs are unique and creative. He has helped establish the band with his style. Every style, with an emphasis on his Polish perfection with drums is what he is known for.

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Duffy O'Neill
2218 Warren Rd.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
440-666-7022