The Frank Moravcik Band is celebrating its 20th
year of playing Cleveland-Style Polkas in 2015!
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Frank Moravcik Band. It all started at Karlin Hall at a Wednesday Night concert. The band that was booked to play, canceled. Joe Beno, the music director at that time, called me and asked if I could play. I told him I’d love to, but don’t have a band. He said, “Don’t worry, I’ll find a drummer and you’ll be fine.” I got to the hall and it was a full house. I set up my accordion and Paul Stejskal walked in. I had never met him before. The evening went well and Paul and I became good friends. It was then that I decided to form the band.
Soon after, I met Elmer Phillips, who played banjo and guitar and was wonderful with people and had great stage presence. I asked him to join the band, and he did. The band was doing great, but I wanted a bigger sound. I have always admired Frank Yankovic and wanted to have a similar sound. I heard Dan Peters play at Karlin Hall and thought he would be a great addition. We jobbed around then Dan eventually joined the band. All of the important elements were there. Paul gave the band a strong steady beat, Elmer was the fun crowd pleaser, I was the front man, and Dan gave the band a big sound. The band traveled a great deal and had a wonderful time doing it.
We played for many years together. Since then, the band has gone through several changes like all bands do. The band is currently traveling more and needs to use other musicians from time to time. I have also added the talents of Linda Hochevar and her button box. Linda also does the website and finds clothes for the band. She has been affectionately nicknamed, “Ida” after Ida Yankovic. The original members of the band are all good friends and work together whenever possible. And, I want to thank all of the people that come to our dances and trips. Playing for all of you is a labor of love that I could not live without.
God bless you all and hope to see you soon!
FIND PLACES TO HEAR FRANK MORAVCIK AND
MAGIC BUTTONS BANDS:
Please check out our Band Schedule page for information on Frank Moravcik Band appearances.
Musical entertainment is available for your event with pricing to fit your budget as a strolling or single, duo, trio, or 4-piece band to cover all your entertainment needs. If you are interested in booking the band, please call Frank to discuss pricing options at 216-509-1141
or Linda at 216-970-8459.
Available locally or we will travel to your private parties or dances, weddings, Oktoberfests, church festivals, polka festivals, clubs, concerts in the park, polka tours, or any other reason you have for wanting some great polka and dance music for your event.
Based in Cleveland, Ohio, The Frank Moravcik Band was formed in 1995. The main emphasis of their music is on the "Cleveland Style" of polka music, however, they are known for their ability to perform a wide variety of different styles of polka music and popular dance tunes too. Frank was highly influenced by America's Polka King, Frankie Yankovic as he had an opportunity to perform with him at various venues. Frank and the band have been honored by various organizations including the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame. Frank was honored as Musician of the Year by the Collinwood Slovenian Home in Cleveland, Ohio and the band was the recipient of the Best New/Young Band award from the Polka Hall of Fame. Individually, Frank has been a recipient of the Musician of the Year Award and collectively, the band has received numerous nominations in the categories of Band of the Year and Album of the Year.
Over the years, Frank has hosted a number of polka bus tours and performed with the band on cruise ships and various tours. His music has taken him to several venues besides Ohio including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Minnesota, Texas, and Washington D.C. Internationally he has performed in Canada and the Netherlands. Throughout his career, Frank has also hosted and produced several popular polka radio shows on various local stations as well as hosted polka streamcasts on the Internet.
With the full complement, the instrumentation in the band consists of Frank on the piano accordion and keyboard, along with banjo/guitar, drums, and second accordion/keyboard. For the solo performances electronic drums are used to complete the sound.
Looking forward to seeing you at our
next playing engagement.
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Linda Hochevar pleys the diatonic button accordion at some performances with the band.