Tom Brusky - Contact
We Provide Music for All Occasions...
  • Anniversaries
  • Parish Festivals
  • Trade Shows
  • Retirement Dinners
  • Birthdays
  • Fish Frys
  • Conventions
  • Reunions
  • Corporate Events
  • Christmas Parties
  • Senior Picnics
  • Block Parties
  • Weddings
  • Banquets
  • Oktoberfests
  • Graduations
  • State/County Fairs
  • Benefits
  • Grand Openings
  • Holiday Parties

Contact Me for a Quote

If you are interested in hiring the Tom Brusky Band for your event, please contact me (Tom Brusky) with some information about the event, specifically the date, location, and approximate time or number of hours you'd like us to perform. I'll check our availability and provide you with some price quotes.

Phone: Email is the best and most preferred way to reach me. Phone calls are welcome, but due to my erratic schedule, it can take me up to several days to return a call during normal business hours. Voicemail: (414) 546-3650.

Tom Brusky Band
4055 S. 103rd Street
Milwaukee, WI  53228-2005

How large of a band does our party need?
The size of your party and the limit of your entertainment budget are usually the two main factors that will determine how large our band should be. Our default band size for most private parties (anniversaries, birthdays, retirements, etc.) is three pieces, however, smaller parties often hire us at two pieces while larger parties may hire us at four pieces. If you're not sure how large of a band your party needs, I'll offer some suggestions and provide you with several price options.

What instrumentation is in your band?
The first two pieces in our band are always accordion and drums. My accordion has digital electronics installed and provides the sound for the bass and other instruments such as piano, vibes, strings, horns, etc. From there we will add either guitar/banjo or a second (fill) accordion. In some cases we may add a sax/flute player or a bass guitarist. The instrumentation we add to our band will depend on the nature of the event and musician availabilty.

Is your band Polish or German?
Neither. A very common misconception about polka music is that it's either Polish or German, but it actually has its roots in 1800's Bohemia. Over the years, various styles of polka music developed and flourished in the United States, which include Polish and German 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 from Southern Wisconsin and across the Penn-Ohio "polka belt".

Do you offer solo accordion performances?
Sorry, this is not a service I provide. The difference in the entertainment delivered by an amplified band versus a solo, acoustic accordionist is significant. It is impossible to fill the entertainment role of a traditional band without the accompanying bass, rhythm, and amplification that only a band configuration can provide. If the cost of our two-piece band is more than what you wish to spend for your party's entertainment, I will be glad to recommend musicians who can provide less expensive entertainment options.

For how many hours should we hire you?
Live music for most private parties typically runs from about 90 minutes up to four hours, with the majority being two or three hours. We will perform 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 in advance should we hire you?
Like most bands, we book on a "first come—first serve" basis. Last-minute inquiries are always welcome, but booking as far in advance as possible is always recommended.

How do your prices compare?
As one of the Midwest's top Cleveland-style polka/variety bands, we pride ourselves in providing quality music at prices that are very competitive for a band of our caliber. Our prices are gauranteed to be fair, always.

Do you play any contemporary, mainstream music?
No, that's simply not the kind of band we are. When our guitarist is in the band, we can touch on rock 'n' roll from the 50's and 60's, but that is admittedly not our specialty. The bulk of our variety music is comprised of standards, light pop, classic country, and ballroom favorites from the 1930's through the 1970's — 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 more up-to-date music played at your party, we'll be glad to patch your MP3 player or smartphone into our sound system to play during our breaks.

How long does it take you to set up?
It usually takes us anywhere from 15 to 75 minutes to set up depending on the size of our sound system.

Do you travel?
Have trailer – will travel! As both a bandleader and sideman, I've enjoyed playing all over the country from as far east as Pennsylvania and Florida to as far west as Arizona and Colorado. The Tom Brusky Band is available to perform anywhere within the contiguous 48 states.

Why don't you advertise your awards?
Although my band members and I are grateful to be recipients of multiple music awards, awards for which large memberships vote (Grammys, WAMIs, halls of fame, etc.) tend to recognize popularity over talent [see my News section's "Nominations" article]. Any polka band, regardless of their level of talent, can win music awards if they make it their mission to win them, but that's not our goal. We support award organizations, but we don't ask for votes, nor do we even bother to vote for ourselves. We prefer that you hire us strictly based on the quality of our music — not the quantity of bullets on our resume.
Are you loud?
This is a known problem with many bands, but not with us. At private parties, our job is to provide music for dancing and listening enjoyment – not to cause ear strain. We can literally play polka music as quietly as a small jazz combo when desired, which is what we are often called upon to do for cocktail receptions and dinners. We have several sets of amplifiers and speakers from which to choose, and will bring a sound system that is volume-approriate for the event and venue. For small parties, we have a custom-built, ultra-compact PA system. For outdoor concerts, we have one of the best-sounding, bi-amplified, multi-thousand-watt, full-range PA systems of any polka band around. For everything else in between, we'll configure the perfect sound system. When you hire us for your event, YOU have the final say over our volume, not us. If our volume seems too high or too low, please let us know and we will gladly adjust it.

Do you require a deposit?
For some private parties, especially those on Saturday nights and on weekends during peak festival seasons, a band 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. When you hire a band to play for your party, the band will likely continue to receive offers to play for other parties on that same night, but, of course, they will turn those offers down since they are already committed to your party. If you cancel your party at the last minute, the band will not only lose the income from your party, but also the income they would have received from any of the other offers they've turned down. The purpose of a deposit is to ensure that your cancellation does not leave the band you hired entirely without income. We may request a deposit for some private parties. Your deposit will be fully refundable, partially refundable, or non-refundable depending on how late you make the cancellation.

Are there any official videos of your band available?
Not yet. I do plan on taking and posting some band videos on YouTube in the near future, but there are no official band videos available as of yet. (There is an old video of me on YouTube playing Rosamunde, but it is from a 1990's jam session with various musicians in Florida and in no way exemplifies the sound or musicianship of my band.)

Why can't I find you on Facebook?
I was on Facebook from 2008 to 2011, but after becoming increasingly frustrated with Facebook's underhanded tactics, I quit. Facebook uses deceitful methods to trick their users into thinking they have more privacy than they actually do, and they use algorithms to filter the content you see. I find both practices to be unethical, and therefore choose not to patronize the service. There is a "community page" about me on Facebook, but it was automatically generated from information found on Wikipedia. I am not affiliated with that page in any way.

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