© 1996-2023, Tom Brusky LLC
| I am an authentic, third-generation
polka musician from Milwaukee who is dedicated to
music of the city's
great polka bands from the
past, like Louis Bashell, Tony Rademacher, and Al Roberts.
Since the 1990s, I've performed with my two- to five-piece band, but beginning
in 2023, we are scaling down
to a two-piece band for almost all
of our public performances.
My two-piece band consists of myself on
accordion and a drummer. My accordion has integrated electronics
and other sounds — when combined with drums, my two-piece band
literally produces the same, full, lively, danceable sound of a
band, but at a more affordable price.
As a polka band, we can entertain crowds with all the beer hall
Out the Barrel and Who Stole the Kishka, and strike sentimental chords with
classic waltzes such as Waltz Across Texas and The Blue Skirt Waltz, but we actually
boast a repertoire of over 200 polkas and waltzes. We
established in Wisconsin's polka music circuit, and are
to provide polka music for Oktoberfests, festivals, fairs,
and all other events wanting an authentic polka experience.
polka genre, our repertoire consists of over 200 standards,
rhumbas, cha-chas, swing, classic country, and
Christmas songs. We are often hired by dance clubs for
variety music alone, but it is our combined repertoire of polkas,
waltzes, and variety music that makes us the premier band in town for
birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and so much more.
throughout our home territory of Southern Wisconsin and travel
wherever our music is desired, providing music for all occasions:
- Trade Shows
- Fish Frys
- Celebrations of Life
Legion, Fox Lake, WI
Our Live Sound
present to you the breadth
of our band's sound, my drummer and I went into the
recording studio and cut some live
music tracks. What you
hear in these demos is a small sample of the polka and variety
bring to our live performances. We recorded these tracks using
the same instrumentation and gear we use on
me for a quote
If you are
interested in hiring my two-piece band for your event, I'd love to hear
from you! I'll check our availability and
provide you with a price quote. Please include these three details
about your event in your
email: date, location, and approximate performance time.
4055 S. 103rd
(414) 546-3650. Due to my schedule as a musician, it may take me up to
two weeks to retrieve and return a phone
call during normal hours. For a prompt response, please use email.
● Is your
band Polish or German?
A very common
misconception about polka music is that it's either Polish or German,
but it's actually neither. Its roots are in 19th century Bohemia. Over
years, various styles of polka music
developed and flourished in the United States, which include Polish and
German styles among others. Our
style of polka music is the
Slovenian style, also known as the Cleveland style, which is the most
popular style of polka music in Southern Wisconsin and across the
Penn-Ohio "polka belt".
● For how
many hours should we hire you?
music for most private parties
typically runs anywhere from about 90 minutes up to four hours, with
majority of performances being either two or three hours in length. We
for as long or short of a
performance as you need and adjust our rate quotes accordingly whether
you need us to play for three
minutes, three hours, or three days.
● How far
should we book you?
Although last minute
inquires are always welcome, like
most bands, we book
on a "first come—first
serve" basis. For events during the peak Oktoberfest season (early
September to early October) booking a full year in advance is always
● Do you
play any contemporary, mainstream music?
that's simply not the kind of
band we are. The bulk of our variety music is
comprised of standards, light pop, classic country, and
ballroom favorites from the 1930s through the 1970s — songs that your
parents and grandparents remember fondly. This is what has made
us a popular band not just for polka dances and festivals,
but for events like 50th anniversaries and senior citizens' birthday
parties. If you
would like newer music played at your party, we'll be glad to
patch your phone or MP3 player into our sound
system to play
during our breaks.
● Can we
hire you to perform prior to the DJ at our wedding?
Absolutely! This is
actually very common for us nowadays. If you'd like
to bring some traditional, live music into your wedding, consider
hiring us to kick out a set of polka music prior to the DJ taking over.
We can also provide lighter cocktail music before or during dinner.
long does it take you to set up?
It takes us about 20
minutes to set up and roughy the same amount of time to tear down.
don't you advertise
my band members and I are grateful
to be recipients of
multiple music awards, award programs with large voting memberships
tend to recognize popularity
over talent [see
my News section's "Nominations" article
]. Any polka
their level of talent, can win music awards if they make
it their mission to win them. That's simply not our
goal. We do not ask for
votes nor vote for
ourselves. We prefer that you hire us
based on the quality of our music — not the quantity of bullets on
● How loud
is the band?
Volume is a
known problem with many bands, but not with us. At private
job is to provide music for dancing and listening enjoyment – not to
cause ear pain. We can literally play as quietly as a small
is what we are often called upon to do for cocktail
receptions and dinners. We can also pump up the volume when needed. When you hire
us, YOU have the
final say over our volume, not us. If our volume seems too high
please let us know and we'll adjust it until you're satisfied.
● Do you
some private parties, especially
those on Saturday nights and on weekends during peak festival seasons,
may require a deposit. A
deposit is a portion of the band's fee paid in advance, which is a
standard practice in the entertainment industry. If you cancel your
party at the last minute, the band will not only lose the
income from your party, but the income they could have made by booking
another party that night. The purpose
of a deposit is to
that your last-minute cancellation does not leave the band you hired
without income. We may request a deposit for
some private parties. If you cancel our services, your deposit will be
partially refundable, or non-refundable depending on the terms in the
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